Hola. Hope you are well.
Last week I mentioned how we were all European after the Ryder Cup success, well today I am claiming my Caribbean roots after the West Indies became Twenty Twenty Cricket World Champions y’day. Who knows whose sporting success I will be clinging onto next week.
Talking off sporting success, sort of, I ran only my second ever 10k on Sat. The first one about 8 yrs ago, I ran in 52:51, so basing it on this time, I was aiming to do it in under 50 mins. So I was pleased that when I got my time it was 44:07 and I finished in 10th place overall. Admittedly it’s not the quickest time ever and I don’t think Mo Farah will be having sleepless nights, although he does have two new-born babies at home, so maybe he is. And as my mate pointed out, I just beat the time he did, the last time he ran a 10k. He did then go on to mention that the last time he ran a 10k he was 50. So I’m basically as quick as a healthy 50-year-old.
It does beg the question what was I doing 8 years ago, when I ran my first 10k? There’s two schools of thought, firstly, I’m getting healthier as I get older. If this is true then maybe I do have a chance of gold at the Olympics after Rio. Or it means 8 yrs ago I didn’t really know what I was doing. This is probably nearer to the truth, as my preparation included going out for a few jogs and not really knowing how far 10k was. Also on the day I ran with a training coat on, with my keys and other essentials in my pocket. Either they didn’t have baggage storage places back in the early 00’s or I didn’t know about them. All in all it proves to me, that the younger me was an idiot. And yet I can’t help thinking I would still be using these same training methods, 8 yrs on if ‘Her With One Permanent Job’ wasn’t around to look up training routes and how many miles they are. I imagine in years to come the older me, will look at the current me and the things I do and think I’m an idiot. That’s something I’ve got to look forward to.
And Finally… Last week after his speech to the Labour party delegates and his slogan ‘One Nation’ I tweeted Ed Miliband, and asked him if he was a fan of 70’s funk and then put a link to Funkadelica’s hit ‘One Nation Under a Groove’ (genius I think you’ll agree). He didn’t reply. He’s not the first famous person to ignore me when I’ve randomly tweeted them. It seems if you’re not abusing famous people on Twitter they’re not interested. So with this in mind have you had a response from a famous person on Twitter? (feel free to contact me via the comments button)
Til next week, stay safe!