Skedge… It’s everywhere… for those of you not familiar with the term, it refers to people who hang about in odd places, have really bad teeth, and drink super-strength cider that a) has never been near a real apple, and b) is a brand you’ve never heard of. Mostly, I have deduced, they gather is massive quantities in the park, which we took in during tonight’s run.
As we rolled up at running club for the 18:30 start, our cars were indicating a crazy 27 degrees. Crazy Walt opted for a flat run, along the canals that are a permanent reminder of our City’s industrial heritage. As we sped off in the direction of the waterway, we all knew it was going to be a tough one.
There is not a lot to say about the canal, except that it is largely featureless aside from the odd section that is still cobbled and difficult to run on. At three miles we veered off and ran round the back of the university campus and towards the park. The place was heaving: Kids playing sport, people sunbathing on the grass, others walking dogs and of course, the skedge, who conveniently occupied the canal tow-path. They were so numerous it took us a good half mile to clear them, but they did serve as motivation to not stop.
Despite having sunscreen in my eyes and feeling the effects of the heat, I ran a respectable 8.4 miles at 9:20 pace (#Runkeeper), which I am pleased with. Perhaps I should seek out more runs where I will be scared to slow down, for fear of being eaten! It’s Potters ‘Arf on Sunday for day 9 of #Juneathon, it is a tough race and the forecast predicts it will be even hotter. I’m going to need motivation… Come on skedge, don’t let me down!
Juneathon 2013 Stats
Total Miles = 28.19
Total KM = 45.37
Total Calories = 3,386
Big Macs = 6.9
Pints of Strongbow = 14.1
Days Worth Calories = 1.7
Journeys to Work = 2.03