Mountains and more

So, just returned from the Alps. Damm fine time on the slippery stuff. Bit of a breakthrough with the telemarking – fitness and cowboy knees. Gave the running a short rest. Was afraid my feet would get soft though so jogged around the house one evening, went for a walk up the road on another. Quite chilly on the tootsies. Managed a 4 mile and a 6 mile up and down the mountain with very little discomfort so was very pleased.

Ski runs in the background

Ski runs in the background

Flapping arms and Mont Blanc

Flapping arms and Mont Blanc

Now back in the big smog and running seems hmm quite an effort. Nonetheless the sun peaked out and off I set to Battersea Park. There is a bloke there who hangs around the tea / hotdog hut at the end of the bridge. I have seen him there for years. He took up running a long while back. Now he just hags around helping the owner to sweep up. I have passed him a couple of times now  “There’s a man after my own heart. It’s good for you” he cries…and then less reassuringly ” but watch your back, watch your back”. Not sure about that bit!

 

Battersea looking splendid and smelling of horse manure. Young girl out running took one look at me, jumped a fence off the path and fell flat on her face. ooo. Said she was okay though Very pleased , went round three times, popping the plastic socks on for a couple of very short but knarly bits. 8 miles in all. Not massive but the most I have done with nu feet and no blisters.

Just realised I have left my Vibrams in France. Not clever. Have resorted to more footwear purchases for this ‘barefoot’ challenge: http://xeroshoes.com/shop/diy-kits/diy-feeltrue/#. They look most interesting. Will let you know how they go.

About Chris

Chris Low is a London based academic, increasingly southern African charity worker, and a person who like to feel alive by playing music, telemark skiing and, as of recently, running barefoot

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