I have had a fantastic Christmas courtesy of Abradysis. It may not have included much running, but it did feature family, jam tarts, chocolate saltine toffee, skiing, and parties. And to cap it all off I discovered, entirely by chance, that my very old, very tatty, much-loved coat is actually a coat of invisibility.
The timing of my flights home meant that I had eleven hours to kill in Vancouver. There were lots of options, including a spa day at the Absolute Spa, shopping in Vancouver and surfing on the free wifi at the airport. But I’ve done all of those on previous trips, so in the end, I decided to go for a walk along the sea wall around Stanley Park.
It started promisingly enough. I caught the Canada Line train to Waterfront and set off along the sea wall at a brisk walk. Then the trouble started. Everywhere I looked there were runners. Running quickly, running slowly, running alone, running in groups, running with dogs, running with buggies, running. Which made my walk seem ever-so-slightly pedestrian. So when my watch beeped to say my first mile was up, I succumbed to temptation, broke into a trot…
…and vanished from sight.
It turns out that you don’t need magic or complex technology to become invisible. All you need is a way to invoke people’s “don’t make eye contact with the weirdo” instincts. And apparently running in a full-length coat will do just that!