Hullo from Heathrow

En route to Cork, Ireland!

I’m feeling a tad better about my race performance today. I came in #44 of 226 in my age group. Not bad. I still know I could’ve done better, but I was due a bad run. Now I can use what I learned about the experience to help me get better.

There is a race in Ireland on Thursday that I want to do. It’s also a 4 miler and is in a historic little town. I think it’ll be am opportunity to “reverse” my bad feelings about the Firecracker 4. Getting back on the horse and all that.

I’m writing this post from Terminal 1 at London’s Heathrow airport. I have to say, this is a nice place for a layover. Lots of decent places to eat and cool shops. We flew out of Newark, NJ, and it’s an embarrassment how awful that airport is. To think that is many international traveler’s first experience of the US…

My knees ended up killing me on the flight. I expected some calf issues after my race cramps, but my knees have never been a problem before. I think the super cramped economy class seats on Virgin Atlantic did me no favors. I’m so tiny, only 5’1″ and under 110 lbs, so for me to feel squished is saying something. Majorly disappointed in Virgin Atlantic. The food was abysmal too. Last time I flew Virgin (over a decade ago), it was a great experience. We may upgrade to premium economy on the way back.

My husband is going to an open water distance swim camp in Ireland. It’s known as brutal. I think he’s nuts. You can read more about it here. And yes, one of the guys who went to this camp died a month later while attempting to cross the English Channel. Which my husband will be doing in the fall. Crossing the Channel, that is. Not dying. He’s not allowed.

Because I’m like a 5 year old and the word “rump” makes me giggle20130705-115748.jpg


8 thoughts on “Hullo from Heathrow

  1. Flying is brutal on the body. The run in Ireland sounds like a brilliant plan. I agree with you about the craziness of open swimming, but then I’m not a huge fan of being in the water. Beaches were made for a reason; walking along them is great. 🙂 Have fun!

  2. Newark-UGH. It’s always been a hole, always will be. Heathrow-:)
    I bet your run will be really scenic and enjoyable. This *is* a Vacation, right?!
    I gotta ask about that “Grilled Minute Rump Steak.” Isn’t that actually those “Steak-Ums” frozen see-through pieces of some sort of mystery meat which teenage boys will inhale the entire box for a snack?
    Also, what is a “rocket” doing in a sandwich?! I “hand craft rolls” too: Just bang the tube against the edge of the kitchen counter and unfold/hand craft the roll on a cookie sheet!

    Is this the first time you’ve had a problem with your knees? Do you think it could be related to the shoes you wore for that terrain a few days ago when you mentioned needing a different type of shoe for off-road running?

    • I don’t think they were steakums. What’s wrong with steakums?! Just kidding.

      It was at a place at the Heathrow airport with excellent food, so I think it would be tasty. But the word rump doesn’t make it sound appealing.

    • Oh, shush. I don’t run every day. Just 5 days a week. ;p

      If it makes you feel better, I took yesterday off and today I’m just walking Cork City.

      I’m pretty sure my knee issue was mostly due to air pressure & lack of leg room on the plane.

  3. Hope that your knees feel better. My physician has told me that running is the worst thing that we can do to our joints. Something to think about…

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