A friend filled fartlek and a frustratingly foolish fall

Today marks the end of my recovery from Cardiff, and my training plan called for an easy 45 minute run.  Fortunately, I was saved from the tedium of (yet) another looping run around the block by the inspired suggestion from Run or go Crazy that we turn it into a fartlek by going out alongside her children on their bikes.

I can now state, with confidence, that I can run up a hill faster than a child pushing a bike but I cannot outrun a child on a bike on the flat, and have no chance (unlike the super speedy Run or go Crazy) of keeping up with one on its way downhill.

In fact, while trying to catch up with said children on Wimbledon Common, I took my eyes off the terrain, was mugged by a tree root, and came down with a splat in an undignified heap.

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Fortunately, the worst injury was to my pride, so after assuring the very kind passers by that I really was okay, honestly, I promise, and muttering rude things at the tree root, I got up, dusted myself down and carried on to complete, if not the fastest 10km run in history, certainly one of the more entertaining.  Racing a child on a bike is definitely a fun way to add sprints into a run.  Even if defeat is guaranteed.





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A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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26 Responses to A friend filled fartlek and a frustratingly foolish fall

  1. All I need now is a bike crazed child to accompany me on my runs… can you borrow these from your local library? 🙂

  2. sarahgb says:

    Ouch! looks painful, but sounds fun racing small kids on bikes 🙂

  3. ewoodeson says:

    Ouch, bet that stung with TCP!

  4. Gemma says:

    Ouch! I don’t have any children on bikes, so I’d just have to race random ones and that would probably be a bit weird.

  5. What a great idea. The run/bike thing. Not the fall over thing.
    Glad you talk as though it looks worse than it is.

  6. JovialGnome says:

    What’s a sprint? 🙂

  7. plustenner says:

    haha G’s kids definitely have put us all through our paces this weekend 🙂

  8. Helen says:

    Ouch! Although I have a funny mental image – sorry!

  9. zoeforman says:

    Love the child’s play / speed play fartleks 🙂 Are you doing Juneathon ?

  10. Shaz says:

    Dam those moving tree roots.

  11. henniemavis says:

    I wonder if your rude mutterings to that tree root included any f-words you didn’t see fit to use in today’s blog headline, hmm? Children on bikes really shouldn’t be exposed to such alliteration 😉

  12. Hope your hand gets better soon x. Hope you traeted yourself to an ice-cream while you had the kids with you (any excuse!!).

  13. runtezza says:

    Mystic Tez sez ‘beware of a short awkward tree root…. ‘
    See, there’s more to palmistry than you thought!!!
    Glad nothing broken.

  14. zoecakes says:

    Ouch, bad tree routes…

    • zoecakes says:

      Whoops, should have been roots! I knew something didn’t look right there! 😉

      • abradypus says:

        Lol. There will be Americans looking at that thinking “how can you confuse route (rhymes with pout) with root (rhymes with boot)?”. But those of us who pronounce route the way it should be pronounced understand perfectly 😉

      • zoecakes says:

        Feeling a bit sleepy today so that’s my excuse for getting in a pickle! 😉

  15. fortnightflo says:

    Ouch, stupid root!

  16. timcnicholls says:

    Ouch, I see what you mean about roots…

  17. Sarah F says:

    Ouch! That looks really sore!! Hope you’re ok! Silly moving trees!

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