Dazed and confused

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As usual, I’m sitting here procrastinating, about to cook dinner – well, reheat leftovers from yesterday’s Indian takeaway, which I desperately needed. I was supposed to go out with a friend, but she backed out at the last minute.

As I’ve mentioned before, my office window has a view of one of the favorite running and walking routes in my city. I can watch people go by anonymously, and there are a few regulars that catch my – today two women, or to be more precise a girl and a woman. I have seen the girl run or walk by for years – in both directions. She is young (16-20), fit and dressed like a serious runner, but why does she walk here? I’m on the relatively flat final approach to the top of a high hill. I could see walking on the way up, it’s a steep climb, but actually there is a short downhill section before this flat spot. Surely, it’s an ideal place to run and recover, as opposed to walking and tightening up.

I’ve wondered for a long time, but lately I’ve seen a woman who I often see running on the track at the gym, where I’ve been running lately because it is a softer surface, and my body has been complaining. I think she runs about 3-5 miles, usually at a faster pace than me, except when I’m in the last half mile, but I’m usually running more like 7 miles. She, too, walks on this route in both directions. Again, she is dressed to run. Of all the times I’ve seen her here, I think I’ve only seen her running once. Surely, she is up to the hill.

I’ve thought about it before, but seeing both of them on the same blistering hot humid day brought it more to the fore of my thoughts. I would say that I never walk there, but that is because it is at both the beginnings and endings of my runs. I run a loop which includes a lot of hills, and I confess, I do walk the steepest of them. (They aren’t even running/walking the steepest part.) Anyway, I wouldn’t walk here because I still have the goal of the top of the hill, and then I would want to run down on the return.

It’s a head-scratcher.

I’m writing about this because I don’t want to look at the results of the EU elections. The UK didn’t send me an absentee ballot for some reason. (I’m supposed to get one automatically.) Is it because I’m in a pro-remain demographic and my constituency is pro-Brexit? It looks like the conservatives are getting hammered, but the Brexit Party is getting too many votes for my liking. At least it is a proportional vote, so the remain-leaning parties still outnumber them at this point, although the final tallies are yet to come. I can’t wait to see the Brexiteers get whitewashed in Scotland!

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