Hard start

I got up at 5 this morning for a run, a bad idea as I’d been up late the last few nights, and was still pretty sleep deprived. I haven’t really run all week so theoretically I should have been fresh and ready for a 26 km run, but the truth is I was neither.

I staggered along for ten or eleven k, forced to carry on by running with somebody, but after an hour it was clear I was in no shape. I got on the next rental bicycle I could find and pedalled slowly all the way to East Coast with my friend. Then I forced myself through another instalment of Parkrun, and it’s a sign of how slow I was that a 25 minute 5k was a victory of the will today rather than just my slowest run of the year.

Six weeks to go until the next marathon. I’m sure it will be fine.

This morning we had a birthday party to go to at a children’s playgym, Waka Waka, where there’s an indoor bouncy castle, an enormous soft play maze on several levels, and an enormous toucan head that Destroyer loved to climb in and peer out of. So that was nice. It certainly wore out the kids and by 2pm La Serpiente and I had fallen asleep in her bed. The only flaw was at 3 I had to get up and trudge up to Bishan Stadium to get a race number. Really, really wanted more sleep…

We had a second birthday party in the evening. At one point all the kids rushed the stage for an impromptu performance of "Let It Go" from Frozen. They did not excel. But perhaps my standards are too high.

And so, home to bed to massage my legs and wonder if I should be putting in another run tonight or not…

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