Catch some air

I went for a run this morning. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Paula Radcliffe or Tirunesh Dibaba. I know that jogging a couple of miles after last night’s glass of wine or three isn’t exactly scaling the heights of athletics prowess. As if to rub in this fact, the local council have set up a couple of new speed cameras on the main road. I have to run past them on my usual route. I don’t know if it’s deliberate, but they’ve been angled to read the speed of passing pedestrians on the pavement, not just vehicles on the road. This morning I was flicking between 5 and 7 mph, apparently, which sounds about right.

I guess it’s just a basic human response, but when you see the figure on the screen, you immediately want to try and make it bigger. Or maybe I’m just overly competitive. It reminded me of that episode in The Middle when Axl and friends take on the radar gun on the electronic road sign and try to outrun the 15mph speed limit (http://abc.go.com/shows/the-middle/episode-detail/the-concert/926412).

I don’t know if I’ve got it in me, but tomorrow I’m aiming for double figures. Gotta catch some air…

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I'm from Cumbria originally and McKeating is my maiden name. Despite being happily married, I kind of like the idea of being published in my 'own' name. I enjoy reading a wide range of things, anything from Stephen King to the Brontes, with maybe a bit of Sarah Waters and P. D. James in between. Basically anything that is well written and can take you out of yourself for a little while. Most of all, I like a good story. I write because I enjoy it and if it other people enjoy reading, that's a bonus. I've been lucky enought to get a place on Literature Wales' mentoring programme for writers. As part of that, I'm fine-tuning a novel, with the guidance of an establshed writer. It's a darkly comic crime thriller, which may one day be in a bookshop near you. I also like gardening and running, both of which are great for switching off from everyday life. Oh, and tiramisu, which helps to balance out the running. Or vice versa. So that's me. Writing, running and tiramisu. Just not all at once.