Park: Parkland Walk - South
Dogs: Several - it was prime early morning walkies time. I saw a massive white hairy dog that looked a bit like a wolfhound (but all white!), two very handsome black labradors, and I got scared of some kind of bulldog. We clocked each other at exactly the same time, and it stopped, so I stopped, and it’s owner said it wouldn’t hurt me as long as I didn’t show any fear (which I obviously did because it was huge and looked scary and I was bitten by a dog as a kid and I’m obviously still not over it) and then I sidled past and worried about meeting it on the way back for my entire run. Which I did, and it was play-fighting with a smaller dog - it had massive teeth - but that was fine because it didn’t chase me.
Notes: I’ve got just over a month until my 10k so well on track with the distance, hooray!
The weather was really good as well - look at this light!
If I can maintain today’s pace I’ll be on track to beat my 2.5h half marathon goal - hooray!! - and I’ve still got 2 months to shave off a few more minutes.
So far my knee has been holding out, a bit stiff sometimes but once it’s warmed up it seems to be going OK. I’m worried about jinxing it.
Bloody love running when it’s so nice out, this bit of line feels like it’s almost not in the city, and I’ve got mud on my trainers to prove it.
I could have stopped to take pictures every 100 yards, but here are some instagrams from when I’ve not been late to work.
I don’t come up here enough, so it feels like an extra treat to do so before having to sit in an office for nine hours, when usually I’d still be asleep.
I love going the beach. On Bank Holiday Monday I went to Cromer.
I’ve been a few times before, but not since the big old storm last year that washed away big sections of the sea wall and a whole bunch of the beach huts.
In my dream world, I would have a beach hut of my own, but they’re really expensive. I looked at one for sale in Wells once and it was £60 000.
Park: Hackney Downs
Dogs: A shiny, clipped spaniel derping along with a stick
Notes: I’ve been getting up really early to run before work, sometimes so early that the park gates haven’t been unlocked yet - luckily for me, Hackney Downs doesn’t have gates.
I snoozed on my alarm twice, but then did the fastest run of my training so far, so feeling pretty up on my schedule.
I don’t always associate Hackney Downs with being beautiful like Clissold or the Parkland Walk, but this morning, I was wrong.
I went to see the Richard Hamilton exhibition at the Tate Modern.
I really enjoyed it, the work on display spanned decades, and there was a huge range of materials and styles from photocollages, to installations taking up an entire room, to abstract reproductions of toasters.
I liked the pop art phase of his work a lot, I found it very striking, and going around with my dad he could say amusing things like “I remember Davy Crockett [the song] the first time around!” and point it JFKs assassination on a blurred TV screen in the corner of a collage which I wouldn’t have picked up on, fleshing out the context of Hamilton’s work.
Hamilton’s series of tyres really stood out for me, too. Pencil drawings, engineering notations, and reconstructions of their treads through the ages - simple stuff, but visually really interesting. i wanted to stroke them (but behaved!).
Richard Hamilton runs until May 26 and I’d definitely recommend it if you know someone with a membership card so can get in for free.