A moorhen

Regent’s Park, this morning. Among the utter chaos of the ducks, herons, coots, geese, pigeons and people; the moorhens are quiet and undemonstrative. If you have spent time with moorhens in a quieter environment, you will know these are not two of their main character traits. But when in competition with their bigger louder cousins…

Spamtastic

I gave myself (or rather, accidentally had) a few days off because I was feeling a bit blah. Yesterday I went for a pootle along the seafront. It took so long for the sun to come out, but once it did it was really warm. Then this morning I got back to commuting. In my…

Plodersham to Plod Bay, via Plodstable

I got the train to Faversham to run back (I had measured the distance this time). And Faversham was full of dogs. And a market for dog stuff. Turns out it was Doggy Day. Escaping the dogs, I then found a beached pirate ship in the creek. You can’t see from the photo but it…

Whitstable parkrun

I actually wanted to go to Margate Parkrun (perhaps next week), but plant greed drove me to run in Whitstable. To explain, one of the most exciting 30 minutes I had last year was the British Cactus & Succulent Soc.’s Cactus Fair in Swalecliffe. Yes I am a plant nerd. But the running nerd in…

Coasting and Parking

Coasting I don’t know if anyone else does this but I always find that London Marathon Day is the easiest day to motivate myself to go for a run. I sit snugly in front of the tv coverage feeling sincerely delighted that I am not limping past Canary Wharf for the fourth time; and then,…

Seaside and laziness

I have had a few days off and have been lazy. So you can have one run and some other stuff. So yesterday I went to Margate and actually managed to be there when the Turner was open and had something on. It was something I was quite interested in (as anyone who has suffered…

Folkestone 10

I think I have done this race at least once since 2010, though I can’t find myself in the archived results. I have a very clear memory of asking someone where the loo was at about mile 5. So in my head I have done this race 4 times, including today. And I really like…

Oops

I am going through that thing where I write parts of blog posts in my head, and then realise I haven’t actually got my arse round to posting them. Today I went for a lunch run and saw a heron preening on top of the Henry Moore sculpture next to the Serpentine. So. Imagine the…

This week

A week of wimping out really.  Two rest days, which were both unintentional. Did actually manage a long run this week though. Oddly it is more annoying to have people on the seafront here dawdling along, than it is in London. Will try harder next week,

Last week

Deep breath. Monday I went to track training evening with a running club. Yes me. Track. A club. Two runny things I never do. But it was sort of safe, because I knew the person leading the session. And she knows I am a crap runner. So there. It was sort of fun in that…

An educational post about birds

Today, being Thursday, is rail day. Not: But: The rail family ( or RallidaeĀ ) are beloved of me and Margaret Atwood. Exhibit A – the moorhen. Exhibit B- the Coot (showing the Leafy Sea Dragon feet) Exhibits A & B shown together to emphasise difference in size: Rails are pretty well spread over the world,…

Sorted

The route is now stuck in my head. With odd cues like the Queen’s Head and Artichoke (a fine name for a pub), feet from Euston to St Pancras (there is a walking route, signposted with green feet posters), and a road that smells like heaven (Drummond Street I think, lots of food) I am…