Yesterday was the Brighton Brooks 10K race, which went very well. I started further back than I wanted, meaning the first couple of kilometers were like Churchill Square on a Saturday. Once past the crowd I could go faster and made up for lost time. It was actually one of the easiest runs I've had (maybe because of the slow pace at the start) and I had lots of energy left for the finish. I was delighted to come in at 790th (by gun time – by chip time I came in 720th) at under 47 minutes – I knew I was faster than usual but not how fast. I'm mostly recovered now but I'll take a few days off then switch down to practising 5K runs ready for the Santa Dash.
After the race (and still wearing my shorts) I visited the Art @ Taylor Made gallery where Jake Spicer was doing a live painting of Rosy. I've often looked at paintings but not painting – it was fascinating to watch Jake picking out what information to put on canvas. I'll post a photo of that when I get back to Brighton.
I had a long coach ride to Derby but I had lots of distractions- a history of boo.com, the West Wing and the BBC documentary on Hugh Everett (the "human interest" side was brilliant, but I wasn't sure about the physics explanations). I wouldn't have survived without headphones to block out the people making long chatty mobile calls. Maybe I do need an MP3 player after all?
I'm now in Derbyshire for a few days, relaxing and catching up with some friends. I'm impressed that my sister has learned by heart the novel Each Peach Pear PlumIf you want to follow what I'm up to, sign up to my mailing list