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Monday 10 August – 5km

There will be no summer holidays this year but as I stepped out of my front door this morning, it felt like I was on holiday. Warm sun, soft gentle breeze, golden light over Greenwich Park. I found out on Friday that this year’s London Marathon will go ahead on October 4th – but it will be an elite only event. The rest of us have the option of running a virtual Marathon – as long as we complete 26.6 miles on Sunday October 4th, we get a 40th anniversary medal. And also, be part of London Marathon sporting history at the same time.  The photo below was take approximately 2km into my 5km tempo run while listening to Four Tet’s Love Cry. Take microholidays where you can. Leave the madness for a few minutes. Don’t forget to breathe.

 

Running in a pandemic

the world took a deep breath

and went silent and went still

keep your distance keep at least 2 meters apart

out once a day for exercise

running one foot in front of the other foot in front

keep going long enough you always get there in the end it’s a marathon not a sprint

but now running through streets which are sunny and serene

sense of total freedom this city is mine and then remember why this sinister beauty exists

a virus that respects no borders, no race, no class it doesn’t care how much money you have or where you come from

it is the great global leveller everybody can get it. Tom Hanks, Idris Elba,  Matt Hancock, Boris Johnson…

but not everybody experences it the same.

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at least here in the UK now we know who the real key workers are: NHS, social care, delivery drivers, supermarket stackers…

things we were told impossible suddenly are possible

money at the click of a computer button

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it’s possible now why didn’t we do it before

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it’s possible now why didn’t we do it before

keep running long enough to see what kind of world  lies on the other side

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