No pictures of any hippies though!

  • Sunday, June 19, 2011
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a selection of photo's from this mornings run on the North downs - no pictures of any hippies though!

 rob near Chevening
wheat field en route to shoreham

 high above shoreham


through knat clouds and silver motes

  • Saturday, June 18, 2011
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 three miles
 six miles
eight miles

i run in a haze of thoughts, through knat clouds and silver motes suspended in golden shafts. my body, spirit and creation are in harmony, i am loose and relaxed and running smoothly and fast. why can't it always be like this? my feet have a mind of their own today and i am happy to let them fall where they want. even the wind is compliant, it seems to be my companion today, invisible and swift and i match it stride for stride. like God's spirit it is with me, ahead of me and surrounding me, manifest in the music of rustling leaves.
like most of my runs i am happy when i reach home and stop, i am peacewashed and still.

Our nettle stung legs steady and sure as a pulse

  • Monday, June 06, 2011
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Daughter of Elysium,
Touched with fire, to the portal,
Of thy radiant shrine, we come.
Your sweet magic frees all others,
Held in Custom's rigid rings.
All men on earth become brothers,
In the haven of your wings.
we run through poppy flecked Elysian fields following the course of the ancient Roman road to the top of the North Downs. startled deer startle us and pheasants flee our shotgun free hands. we are drunk on the sky and vibrato wind, our nettle stung legs steady and sure as a pulse. I love running with Jerry, i trust him, conversation is interesting, confessional and free, his route planning educational and unique. some of the trails we run are basically unused, broken and rough, some are animal trails with knee high grass and a profusion of wildflower and weed. on days like this i feel as if we own the earth.

Road id

  • Saturday, June 04, 2011
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one of my colleagues had a heavy fall in the woods while running resulting in shattered bone. Fortunately she was with another runner but it did get me thinking. Sometimes i run off road alone and although i always carry my phone with my emergency details stored in it i decided that extra identification that was immediately visible might be a good idea. i now have an id bracelet containing my next of kin details as well as my blood type (rare) and medical history. it's just extra peace of mind - even our good running buddies don't always know the important details about us!