While waiting on a bus on the way back from Hyde Park in Clapham this afternoon, I noticed this coffee shop that I haven’t seen before, and popped in to buy a quick brownie and coffee before the bus arrived.
Guys! I ran a 10K today!
I know this is not, like, a crazy distance. After all, we’ve got a word in English for something which is extremely arduous and/or takes a long time, and that word comes from a long running race which is itself named after the site of a historic long run, and that word is emphatically not “10K” (it’s about four times that, actually).
But I never used to be able to run, really! Or more precisely… I was *able* to, nothing really stopped me. I was just kind of crap at it. Never the most athletic guy in the world, I play badminton and cycle and stuff like that but running eluded me. In third year at uni I threw myself into it and somewhat overused the treadmill, gave myself serious shin splints, and couldn’t walk properly for a while, let alone run. I think that that put me off for a long time. And then a couple of years ago I downloaded the Couch To 5K app – which I massively recommend, by the way. I had a couple of false starts and went through a little inconsistency with it, but by the end of last year I’d achieved my goal of running a non-stop 5K. I did a Parkrun or two, I tried to keep my running up, and at the end of the year I felt pretty good and decided not to let it rest there, so I made a New Year’s resolution to run a 10K this year.
I booked the Hyde Park 10K for 1st September this year, and I was doing pretty well on training, even managing to (basically) run 10 kilometres non-stop in one of my training runs. Then work stuff got in the way, and my training fell off, and on top of that I got a cold this week just gone, and all told I wasn’t very convinced that this run would go well.
But nevertheless, I gave it a shot. And I did it! I completed it! And I feel pretty great, and now I’m keen to do more!
And more to the point, I feel like this very definitely entitles me to a brownie. I don’t know how long this coffee shop has been here as I don’t go into Clapham for coffee/snacks that often, but I’m glad I did this time. The coffee was pretty damn good, and although they also had a bunch of peanut blondies on display, I thought I’d go for this ‘gluten-free caramel fudge brownie’. They looked really good on display, but I resisted eating it until I’d got home and plated it at least!
Taste: Sweet, rich, caramel and fudge notes coming through nicely with the chocolate. 8/10
Texture: I think I’ve said before that adding caramel into a brownie seems like a good cheat to get a great brownie texture. It’s worked again here! But I will slightly mark it down for having a drier crust than I would like. 7/10
Presentation: I think this is a straightforward but great-looking brownie. 4/5
Value: I’ve sort of forgotten exactly how much this cost. I’m not very good at this whole thing, am I? I think it was about £2.80 and I think that’s pretty okay. 7/10
Fudge Factor: It has fudge in it. Also, it has non-salted caramel. Three points, based on my non-arbitrary scale of science. 3/5
Lee Scoresby: 29
Should I Buy And Eat This Brownie?
Yeah, for sure! Get yourself down to Clapham and visit this fine establishment, and eat a delicious brownie with your coffee.
I’m not even moving out any time soon (there’s like two months to go) and it’s already seeming very tricky to extricate myself from a place where I’ve lived for four years.