Do you really care? The important thing is that I am back now. A long stint in the Americas saw my interest in life itself dwindling beyond belief as the country sucked my will to live right out of me. However, since the 9th December, I have been safely tucked up in the eurozone and slowly re-charging my life batteries to a point now that I feel it is safe to write again. I was also slightly reminded that I hadn’t written for a while by Word Press themselves when they sent me an email telling me about the stats for the year. Now that I have a world audience, I can plan my attack for world domination but until such time, let me bring you up to speed.
Yesterday, I went for a run in the forest up the road – you may have heard me talk about this many times before but for me, it is a giant adventure playground. In the winter, all the leaves are gone and yesterday the ground was covered in snow so visibility in the forest was spectacular. Add to that the fact that I was running in a high viz jacket and you might begin to understand my dilema of needing a dump at about 2/3 distance – no way of making it home, no bushes to hide behind, quite a few people around and me wearing a bright fecking yellow jacket – but I had no choice, no chance of making it home so I chose a tree and let it all go.
I also had a ride at Cannock Chase just before Christmas with Rue. Steve couldn’t make it so it looked like we had a chance of putting a good time in. I even made a video of one of the better downhill sections but it turned out shit so I didn’t add it to the archives.
My iPhone 4s shat the bed late in November and left me with a dilema all of its own. The back up phone I had, a standard iPhone 4 was sold to me by the shop as an unlocked phone but it turned out it was locked so that was of little use. The choice was stark and simple, the 4s was now no longer supported by Apple so it was time to go iPhone 5 or iPhone 6. If you know about these phones, the problem was, the charger socket and SIM card size, both the 5 and the 6 sport lightening sockets and nano sims so a full change was on the cards whichever way I went. Thinking that if I took the latest phone, it would be a while before that phone became redundant like the outgoing 4s had now become. I bought the smaller of the two units BUT it is still too big. Clumsy to hold, doesn’t fit in my running bum bag as easily and a bastard to navigate with just one hand. Steve Jobs was 100% spot on when he said that nobody wants a phone that they can’t hold and operate with just one hand. I remember fondly the time when Apple products were wanted because they were leading edge, not because they had a big screen.
The new mountain bike is slowly being bedded in – one trip in the forest and another around Cannock Chase means that I am slowly getting used to it. Running is slowing down a bit though, all due to the hilly terrain I am using instead of the monotony of flat Florida. I also managed to run my best Parkrun ever !!!! Leamington Spa on Saturday 13th December, I chopped a massive 57 seconds off my previous personal best, giving me 22:19 – not only that but I also had my best position finish, 45th out of 241 runners, 7th in my age group (that’ll be the Veterans by the way), not one female finished in front of me and I also increased my age grading to 63.55% so a productive outing after all – it will be a tough one to beat but there is more time in there – next target is under 22:00
I have a confirmed place for the Great North Run 10k and also entered the draw for the Great North Run Half Marathon the following weekend, that should be confirmed within a week so the North of England could be graced with my handsome charms in the summer – I may even venture across to the lake district for the week in between with my mountain bike, or attempt a cross country hike across Hadrians wall or a long run along Offa’s Dyke. Scotland also wouldn’t be too far away at that point either.
Now, for those of you that didn’t receive my Happy New Year message, firstly let me wish it to you now but also explain what went wrong with the iPhone 6. I wrote my text message and added the 32 recipients I wanted to send it to. I pushed send and 7 of you got it, 25 of you didn’t. I couldn’t get it to send the next day either, completely locked up, so I send my appologies. I think for next year, I will also revert to sending Christmas cards again. I had two this year that found me, one from Connor and one from Ralph. It did kind of make me smile so if at some point between now and christmas, I ask for your address, please don’t panic, this is why. I did stop sending cards years ago because I thought it was a huge waste of paper but now, I have changed my mind.
That will do for now, it’s almost time for a trott in the forest. I am wondering though – where the hell is Verity McCoy ?