I hadn’t intended to blog again quite so soon but today’s goody bag has inspired me!
Not that I’m complaining about this particular goody bag, its contents were generally fine but there was just one item which made me ponder.
Obviously there’s my medal, nice one this year with a map of the route and the actual run date. I will have to delve around my collection to see if previous years’ medals had so much detail but I think not.
A nice screwed up run T-shirt, good for providing layers when the colder weather comes back.
A couple of BUPA leaflets offering discounts on specific services including fitness assessments. I thoroughly recommend this particular assessment. The one I had last year was worth every penny – oh, no, I didn’t pay for it did I! The Daily Telegraph did! Oh well, if I had that sort of money splashing about, it would be worth every penny! I certainly came away feeling pleased with myself.
A bottle of sports drink and a bottle of water, one consumed very rapidly.
Various sweets/biscuits/cereal samples to help replenish the carb stores. I’m sorry but no one’s ever going to persuade me that Belvita biscuits are tasty, the yoghurt based ones remind me of custard creams and I never liked them as a child. Today’s I think was supposed to be chocolate chip – there were brown lumps in it anyway!
A bottle of alcohol free beer from Bavaria. The tin is so small, a couple of swigs should probably finish it off.
A sample of Jointace Gel – gotta love a bit of Jointace Gel, I swear I get a bit high on the smell of eucalyptus.
A bottle of chocolate (non dairy) milk – is it supposed to have lumps in it? The use by date is okay and I know everybody swears by chocolate milk for recovery but I’m a bit worried I may have to cancel my clients tomorrow because I’ve got the chocolate milk squits!!
And finally, the pièce de résistance – a sample of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, handily attached to a recipe card for spag bol. What do you think I’m going to do, dash home from the run and cook an Italian meal?! There’s usually something salty in the goody bag to encourage you to drink and therefore rehydrate but I’m hardly going to sit on the train swigging Lea & Perrins!? Please don’t think I’m being ungrateful, I love all my little gifts but this one was just a little strange.
Anyway, might as well mention the run while I’m here. I won!!
No, you’re right, I didn’t but I achieved both my goals. Over 2 minutes off last year’s time to get a new course PB of 56 37 and I didn’t walk. My pacing strategy didn’t quite go according to plan but it was more or less correct. I admit it did get a bit tough towards the end but I refused to give in. I think the first time I did this run I had to walk about 500m before the end – that was not happening this year! And I saw Mo even though he wasn’t running. He was starting the run as he had decided to give someone else a chance of winning.
So tomorrow I start training for my next run – the City of London Mile! I think the walk from the station to the start will be longer than that but it’s the inaugural run and I like being in at the start of things.
But now, I’m going to lie down!!