Friday , January 22 2021

Ealing Mile

The Ealing Mile takes place on the first Friday of each month in Lammas Park on an accurately measured course. The event has been up and running for a few months but work conflicts meant that I had not been able to make any of the previous monthly lunchtime races. The September race fell on a day where I could work from home so I promptly registered and was looking forward to another crack at such an iconic distance.

I nearly didn’t make it thanks to a big bag of FAIL on my part. I was in bit of a rush to leave so didn’t notice when I grabbed my keys, my house keys were sadly missing from my trusty key ring. I had been out running the night before and separated the keys and must have been in doofus mode because I did not attach them back together as per standard Running Dan post-run procedure.

There I was standing outside my house in the rain with just my running kit, car key and a rain jacket designed for light rain. Oh – I also managed to forget my mobile as well! Double bag of FAIL with a side order of DOOFUS. I had a race to get to, run and then somehow get back home for a conference call. I realised that The Son has a set of house keys since he now walks home by himself so I quickly drove to his school and the very kind office assistant accompanied me to his bag where I was able to retrieve his set of keys.

I did make it to the park in time for the warm-up and then we were away racing in the park. I had run the route once before as part of a club mile relay competition and this time around I eyed up a faster runner who I could hopefully attach myself to as a pacer. Unfortunately he pulled up with a sore hamstring so I was out there by myself in terms of pacing and I did not hit my preferred pace but I did manage to take 1 second off my mile PB.

This is a great little event to get a timed mile against other runners and next month it should be an officially accredited race so results will appear on the power of 10 web site. Cracking stuff.

I also managed to make it home on time for my conference call.

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