I had a really good run with James this lunchtime. There are loads of potential lunchtime routes out from our offices and around the Quays but today’s was the best I have done to date. We ran by the ship canal, before taking a footbridge across it to run along the wastelands of Pomona Quay. One slight modification I would make would be to go along the muddy path under Trafford Road bridge rather than going up to street level and having to cross the road as we did today but after that there was a long straight run to the Lowry footbridge. After crossing the canal again we ran back past the watersports centre.
James is new to running but quite keen. Initially it was causing him shin pain but since acquiring a 2nd hand pair of Asics for the grand sum of £5.51 on ebay he’s been fine. He has a number of running partners: Matt would have been with us but he was taking half a day holiday, he runs a similar pace to James although his build is more like mine than James’ 6’5” frame. Pete is more James’s height although quite lean and having recently run a marathon in 3hr 15 minutes his pace is ahead of us all.
I matched James stride for stride to stretch myself out and although his Garmin will give detailed stats of our performance the time of 31 minutes for 3.7 miles was respectable though not particularly challenging. It would be interesting to see what I could run it on my own.
An old school friend is back from Sweden for a couple of weeks next month and we’ll meet up for a run and/or ride as well as beers. John’s training for a marathon but he’s struggling with a bad knee at the moment so we’ll have to take it steady, and likewise with the beers because last time he was out with me he ended up eatting a kebab that ‘disagreed’ with him!