Yesterday my friend phoned me to tell me that we wouldn’t be alone for training today – his son has been off work and is going a bit stir crazy so he’d be joining us. I said no, repeatedly, but it fell on deaf ears. I’ve said it before but my friend is not someone you can say no to!
After no small amount of emotional blackmail I eventually agreed to come, but I had a bad sleep because of it. I’m not good with meeting new people as I find it really stressful. There are other factors that made me worry even more though – I think it’s quite an important thing to meet a good friend’s son at the best of times, but when you factor in the ‘extra’ feelings I have towards my friend it becomes even more so.
And then there’s the fact that it took so much guts for me to go running in the first place, and my friend wants me to train with a bloody semi-professional boxer and regular snowboarder? The guy is fit as HELL. Yeah, I’m sure I wouldn’t be self-conscious at all!
As it happens his son is currently in a brace for a broken shoulder so running wasn’t on the cards anyway. I suspect my friend wanted me to run up the hills regardless, but in the end we were all happy to just have a fast walk, then afterwards we went for lunch at Harvester.
I wasn’t as good as I could have been, because they were out of my usual penne arrabiata and there’s only one other vegan option (stuffed peppers) which is more calorific, but it’s not the end of the world.
It was a really lovely morning/afternoon and I’m glad I went. My friend’s son is an absolutely adorable person and I’m glad to have met him despite worrying about it so much. In fact he’s one of the few people I’ve been able to have a proper conversation to about being vegan. My friend brought it up and he was really interested in how easy/hard it is to stick to and what kind of things I can eat. He’s also already eaten at a vegan-friendly vegetarian restaurant I’ve been wanting to visit and said the food is great. It was so nice to not have the usual ‘but bacon!’ conversation!
Now I’m just hanging around with Pea for a bit while I wait for another friend to finish work. He’s going to look at my car because I’m not convinced it’s as close to death’s door as I originally thought. I have an oil leak which has been collecting in a tray below the engine, which has come loose and is hanging down. So I’m wondering if the milky oil is from there and not an indication that my head gasket is knackered. We’ll see what he thinks later on. I still need a new car soon, but hopefully I’ll have a chance to shop around a bit.
Seriously, don’t mess with us!
It’s now time for a caffeine top-up so I’ll say goodbye.
Thanks for reading,