Misty Morning

October 18th, 2009

I did something unusual today: got out first thing in the morning for a run.

I managed it — just a standard 5K along my old towpath route — but I wasn’t really feeling the love. I don’t know whether that’s because I’m not used to jogging at 9am, or whether it’s just because I was cold and not watching my pace too well at the beginning. Certainly the RunKeeper log shows that my pace was a complete mess.

Apart from the actual running itself, though, everything went well. That sounds weird, but I felt pretty good when I’d finished, I got an awesome photo with the new camera just past the halfway point, and I’ve felt pretty energetic and cheerful all day. Also, it looks like the run, while it felt crap, may have been my fastest 5K yet, at under 34 minutes.

So, hoping it was just because it was bloody freezing when I set off, I’ve now bought myself a couple of winter running tops from TK Maxx. That’s a good tip for the fat runner, by the way: running shops only seem to stock stuff for skinny, fit people. TK Maxx has plenty of good stuff in lardy sizes, too!

Anyway. I’ll leave you today with a photo of the Clifton Suspension Bridge an hour or so after sunrise. This one was definitely worth the jogging.

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  1. Arline
    October 18th, 2009 at 19:23 | #1

    That is an awesome photo. It looks oddly like a painting, especially from the bridge back. Maybe it’s haze, but it’s amazing.

    Just bought a Casio Exilim EX‐FC100 for a friend, himself had a search around and liked the look of it. I have to say I’m still a bit of a photo philistine, much as I love taking them — I was stung when trying to put together a photo book for my homestay family in Japan as a load of the older digital photos aren’t high enough quality to print. Ended up using loads of scanned really old film ones and the newer, larger file size, digital ones. I’m definitely going to move up from the “they’re just going on the web” 1MB shots, so I’m going to ask for a bigger memory stick for Xmas!

  2. October 18th, 2009 at 20:53 | #2

    I really like the photo, Matt! Not sure which camera you got, but I wish we’d got that one!

  3. October 18th, 2009 at 20:54 | #3

    Oh yeah, the thing I love about a morning run is how energised it makes you feel for the rest of the day. That, and I don’t think I could run in the evening. I’m always too knackered (possibly from the run in the morning).

  4. October 18th, 2009 at 21:10 | #4

    @Benjohn And I love your programs, dear. You must have a particularly good compiler 🙂

    All joshing aside, yes, it’s not bad; I got the Lumix DMC‐FP8. It’s small enough to fit into a bum‐bag, and it’s got folding optics so there’s no protruding lens to get in the way, either. Pretty good for a carry‐around, and the quality seems okay. I’m in the middle of putting a full “first thoughts” review together for my other blog; I’ll shove a link on here when I’ve done that.

  5. October 18th, 2009 at 23:05 | #5


    I didn’t agonize too much about which camera to buy — in fact, I was probably dangerously blasé about it, mostly choosing it because it’s small, from a range I’d heard good things about, and it looked quite a lot like my old one! I think I got lucky, as it’s proving pretty good so far.

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