Sunday, 20 March 2011

VLM week -5: More recovery and the Fleet half...

I feel like I have turned a corner now with this injury, and whilst it is not yet over, my sense is that I have it at least under control, so it will not disrupt the BIG DAY (no, not the royal wedding, the London marathon!). 5 runs this week, 33 miles, and the Fleet half marathon! Now that is pretty good by my reckoning. I have been managing the leg somewhat, keeping it in check, and just running within my top abilities - which is, thankfully, still more than is needed speed-wise for the marathon.

It was a delight this week to have company on the way to the Fleet half. Andy, a colleague from B&Q, (who is also tackling London, for the first time) foolishly consented to put up with my driving and my drivelling for the journey. The weather was just right, not breezy, cool but not cold. A big field this year, 2300+ I hear, and a new course, to take account of bunching at the start. Once again the organisers put on a grand show. I paced myself steadily round to a 1hr30min38secs finish, a 6m53s pace. Felt great - and a small massage and then a beer afterwards also contributed to the general sense of benessere!  Finally, I had to show you this photo, which to me sums up running - a bin overflowing with bananas! It says it all really...

This week, a return to the classics on the wine front. With a good stew, we enjoyed Chateau Cantemerle 2003 (c. £25/bt), a 5th growth Bordeaux from the Haut-Medoc. Cantemerle is always well respected, and espoused all of the usual and expected Bordeaux notes, such as lead pencil, earth, tobacco, leather and cassis. On the palate, the heat of the 2003 showed lovely blackcurranty fruit, good medium-weight body, and soft, gentle tannins that support the wine without dominating. Altogether, the perfect drop, and a lot of good stuff. Will be interesting to see if it develops, or if the fruit fades. We shall see..

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