The long road to a 46 second quarter and 1.46 half mile.

The long road to a 46 second quarter and 1.46 half mile.
'The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.' (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) or as Jed Bartlet said 'Toby, that's how I beat him!'

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

28th September, 1975 The day before Michaelmas

A Postcard From olde Meadowbank 

   28 september, 1975  

1975, the year end-the day before Michaelmas

I went up to Meadowbank and ran a session on my own before meeting Pixie Mia Farrow lookalike at Binns' Corner to do the club sponsored walk. She wasn't in a good mood, feeling very tired.

Morning: 2 x 500 metres (10 minutes recovery); second run through the quarter in 53 seconds finishing strongly

Afternoon: 14 miles sponsored walk

1978 Sandy Sutherland from The Scotsman and Brian Meek from the Scottish Daily Express had both been trying to get a hold of me to comment on Paul’s one year ban from international athletics. 

Come the evening, Diana the goddess of love and hunting and I had a few drinks at the Two Inns and some fun winning some money on the fruit machine; thereafter to Pixie Mia Farrow lookalike’s 21st birthday party; it wasn’t up to much…

Diana the goddess of love and hunting

My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close

My life closed twice before its close—
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me

So huge, so hopeless to conceive          5
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven.
And all we need of hell.

Emily Dickinson

‘Now I have told the year from dawn to dusk’

‘Now I have told the year from dawn to dusk,
It’s morning and its evening and its noon;
Once round the sun our slanting orbit rolled,
Four times the seasons changed, thirteen the moon…’

Vita Sackville-West

Watering the Horse

How strange to think of giving up all ambition!
Suddenly I see with such clear eyes
The white flake of snow
That has just fallen in the horse’s mane!

Robert Bly

The Swineheard

When all this is over, said the swineherd,
I mean to retire, where
Nobody will have heard about my special skills
And conversation is mainly about the weather.

I intend to learn how to make coffee, as least as well
As the Portuguese lay-sister in the kitchen
And polish the brass fenders every day.
I want to lie awake at night
Listening to cream crawling to the top of the jug
And the water lying soft in the cistern.

I want to see an orchard where the trees grow in straight lines
And the yellow fox finds shelter between the navy-blue trunks,
Where it gets dark early in summer
And the apple-blossom is allowed to wither on the bough.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Pixie Mia Farrow lookalike

Love and Age

And I did love you very dearly,
How dearly words want power to show;
I thought your heart was touch'd as nearly;
But that was fifty years ago. Then other lovers came around you,

Your beauty grew from year to year,
And many a splendid circle found you
The centre of its glimmering sphere.
I saw you then, first vows forsaking,
On rank and wealth your hand bestow;
O, then I thought my heart was breaking!--
But that was forty years ago…

But though first love's impassion'd blindness
Has pass'd away in colder light,
I still have thought of you with kindness,
And shall do, till our last good-night.
The ever-rolling silent hours
Will bring a time we shall not know,
When our young days of gathering flowers
Will be a hundred years ago.

Thomas Love Peacock

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

27th September, 1975

A Postcard From olde Meadowbank 

  27 september, 1975   

It absolutely poured with rain all day. 

Early afternoon I met Pixie Mia Farrow lookalike at Binns' Corner; she'd been standing there for almost an hour; I felt bad about that. We went to see Enter The Dragon; we got in to see it for free. She really enjoyed it. In the evening I met her out at Dunfermline College of P.E.; we had an argument, however later we had a really fantastic evening at the disco.

1978 Willie and I had a half pint down in Portobello watching the Rangers match. Diana the goddess of love and hunting phoned me at nine o’clock for a whole hour after her first full day on the wards. She really needs me just now; I’ll be there for her always. I’ve just heard over the radio that Paul may be banned from international athletics. Josephine has left a hot water bottle in my bed-the first of the winter.

Monday, 25 September 2017

26th September, 1975

A Postcard From olde Meadowbank 

   26 september, 1975  

When I got home from college it was good to see my grant had arrived. Come the evening I dashed out to pick Pixie Mia Farrow lookalike up. She looked gorgeous, the most fantastic looking girl I ever saw in my life. 

We went to see The Eiger Sanction. It was okay. We bumped in to another happy couple in love, Helen Golden and Stevie Green. We didn't get back out to the college until 1.30 am. after a really fantastic evening. 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

25th September, 1975

A Postcard From olde Meadowbank 

   25 september, 1975  

1975 Once again I was just in for Maths today. I wish my grant would arrive soon. It was a wild evening, so I gave Pixie Mia Farrow lookalike a lift out to Cramond to Dunfermline College of PE. 

She took me up to her room. We had a long talk, ending up with her telling me she loved me. It was the most fantastic thing I've ever heard. As I drove home I've never felt so happy.

Evening: Walk/Jog around Arthurs Seat

24th September, 1975

A Postcard From olde Meadowbank 

   24 september, 1975  

1975 I was chatting with Laurie Gray at college. Despite it being such a
 wet, wild 'n windy Wednesday evening Pixie Mia Farrow lookalike and I walked around Arthurs Seat, before I saw her on to her bus home.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

23rd September, 1975

A Postcard From olde Meadowbank 

   23 september, 1975  

1973 We ran a hard session. 

THE END of that era; on to a new training diary and onward from 52.0 seconds towards 48.9 seconds in 1974.

Morning: 6 x 600 metres (5 minutes recovery) 106; 107; 103; 107; 101; 98 seconds

1975 Back to college today and then an afternoon reading and listening to music. Pixie Mia Farrow lookalike phoned at 4.30 p.m. from her home; I picked her and Wendy up and drove them out to start their new lives studying at Dunfermline College of P.E.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

22nd September, 1975

A Postcard From olde Meadowbank 

   22 september, 1975  

1975 The flight from Munich left at mid-day. 

Come the evening I bumped into guess who...she's had her hair cut very short and looks like Mia Farrow. 

We went for a jog come walk round Arthurs Seat, walking hand in hand, chatting six to the dozen.