Youngest daughter (aka Kong) has a day off school, so I convinced her that she wanted to keep me company on today's outing.
Trainers on and fully warmed up, we headed out and up through the local housing estate. Up is no exaggeration - it's hilly round here!
Kong is a real slave driver...and a fast runner. Despite all my attempts to slow her down we kept a 10min/mile pace and I was very grateful to reach a plateau, and even more grateful to hit the downhill stretch.
She looked fresh as a daisy by the end, while I was the colour of overcooked beetroot.
Her advice...? 'Not bad, but you need to work harder on the uphills, Mum.'
Maybe I'll recruit her to come out with me on my next long run and see what pace she keeps...or on second thoughts, maybe not - she'd probably beat me over long distances, too!