This wasn’t exactly what I was planning for today, but I had to do penance for forgetting to make a phone call yesterday. I was supposed to arrange to collect anti-malaria tablets from a supermarket for next week’s holiday, but I forgot. I’m not actually too sure why it was my job to make the call, I did book the flights, hotels etc and if I’m really honest, actually decided where we were going! Anyhow, if I hadn’t spent so much time doing an analysis of the reflection in the mirror in the shootout inside Skyfall (Physics, one of my other obsessions, and still my day job), I might have made the call then I could have collected the tablets as part of yesterday’s Janathon, as I walked past the Tesco on the way to the pub.
So rather than a shortish run, with a few 200m sprints in the middle, it was a 14k round trip, along the incredibly boring A23 from Carterham to Purley. The only redeeming feature of this route is that it isn’t too taxing; it’s reasonably flat with no major roads to cross. But it is BORING. I can remember the first time I did this route, a few years ago; it was the furthest I had ever run at that stage, and I was euphoric about it. But not now. At least it was satisfying to get some ‘he’s a bit strange’ looks as I wondered around the supermarket in running gear. As an aside, if you want Malaron tablets, Tesco pharmacy does seem to be as cheap as anywhere.
Even more annoying today, however, was the clasp breaking on my Kalanji (Garmin equivalent). The holes that the pin fits into have such a thin strip of metal surrounding them it isn’t too surprising it has actually broken. So it will be a trip to Decathlon asap, I do need to take it away with me next week or how can I get my Janathon data? But that could be expensive, as their range of running gear is bound to be too tempting to resist, especially as there is a sale on.