Janathon day nine: plans vs reality

The Plan
Go to work. Take running kit. Take advantage of an hour time owing to finish after my last visit so I can run in daylight. Scoot down the motorway. Park up. Get changed in the car. Try not to get arrested for indecent exposure. Run on the canal. Take photos. Enjoy. Be home and Janathoned at a respectable time.

The Reality
Go to work. Take running kit. Spend all day driving round in the rain. Realise that it’s not actually become proper daylight all day. Take advantage of an hour time owing to finish after my last visit. Pootle down the motorway because of water hitting the car from 360 degrees – standing water, rain and spray from lorries. Realise that if I go home, home will be warm, I will not leave home. Realise that it was something of a miracle that I had actually managed to pack a complete set of running kit and that it would be rude to dismiss a miracle. Stop at the motorway services to get changed. Leave motorway services making a mental note that instead of wearing capris, long tights would stop the wind whipping around my bare calves. Decide I don’t want to miss the chance to run somewhere that’s not home. Decide that the canal is going to be just as wet as anywhere else. Park up. Regret having to leave a nice warm car with Radio Four on. Set off. Realise that rather than being “just as wet as anywhere else” the canal is in fact “much wetter than anywhere else”. Hop and skip between massive puddles and treacherous slippy mud. Give up avoiding puddles and run through them. Regret getting cold, wet, squelchy feet. Decide that I’m not wasting all of this effort by just running a mile. Run a mile. Turn round. Realise that the wind has been behind me for the first mile. Run into the wind. Imagine that this is like a colder, more vertical version of indoor sky diving. Realise that my face is fixed in a rictus grimace. Admit to self that this run is hideous and if wasn’t for Janathon then I wouldn’t be doing it. Give in to the wind and run/walk. Realise that the more running I do, the quicker this will be over. Get back to car, turn heating up, drive home. Be home and Janathoned by a reasonable hour.

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