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This time last year I was growing my moustache and at the end of my tapering for my first ever 10K. That seems like such a long time ago and there has been quite a bit of progress this year*.
Of course I ran the Movember MoRun in Greenwich with a group of friends and raised money for Alzheimer’s Society in 2012.
This years run takes place tomorrow on a reconfigured route but I didn’t sign up for it as I believed I would be busy this weekend. As it turns out I cannot run as I have Sciatica so I won’t be doing any running for a while, let alone entering any races!
I can’t wait to get back out on the road running but it’s a way off yet as I am still having trouble turning over in bed, bending forward and walking for too long – it’s getting better but it’s a slow process.
This also means I will miss the Colchester Santa run this year which takes place in a week or so.
I have a couple of friends who are running the MoRun tomorrow and I wanted to wish Enda and Jon the best of luck for tomorrow. I don’t know if they are running in fancy dress but Enda Facetime’d me this week and he has a full beard so I am sure there will be some serious Mo action going on!
Best of Luck Enda, Jon and anyone else who may be running in Greenwich on Saturday – watch out for those hills!
*In a year my training has gone from strength to strength and I ran my first half marathon at the beginning of October.
Edited highlights of my week:
- Tuesday wait for tube.
- Allow people off tube.
- Try to get on tube, get shoved in the chest and shoved to tube door by some bully trying to get off.
- Spent Tuesday feeling slightly winded.
- Tuesday evening empty the rubbish, feel a twinge in my back.
- Cough. Back goes out
- Had a crap nights sleep but was determined to head to work and London to spend the evening with friends at the Woodkid concert. I have been looking forward to this for months as he is performing with the BBC symphony.
- Wednesday in agony.
- Brufen doesn’t touch it. Heat pads only slightly help.
- See the (cute) Physiotherapist
- He tells me I have sprained a disc in my back and should rest.
- The concert is standing room only.
- I am breathless simply by lifting my rucksack.
- Have decided not to attend the concert and am heading home.
- Really really pissed off as I was so looking forward to the concert.
- I know though that I am doing the right thing. It’s still bloody annoying.
- I hope Paul and Enda have a great time and I expect a full report of the concert.
To the arrogant sod who shoved me on the tube, thanks for ruining something I have been looking forward to for months and causing me this much pain and inconvenience.
I am so disappointed as I have been looking forward to this for months.
Have fun boys!
We have had a lovely weekend. Paul visited this weekend and we decided to have a quiet weekend. Luckily the weather has been dry this weekend which meant we could get out and about.
Saturday we took a drive to Dunwich Heath where we enjoyed a stroll along the beach and the coastal path. It was cloudy but the sea was like a mill-pond. I don’t think we have ever seen it so still up there. We wrapped up well but to be honest it was much milder than usual for November.
Following our walk we drove to Saxmundham where we enjoyed a very welcome lunch before heading home.
We spent our time catching, chilling out and generally enjoying one another’s company. Richard cooked a lovely dinner Saturday evening and we enjoyed some lovely aperitif, sherry and wine which made for a very relaxed evening.
This morning the sky was clear and sunny, Paul had escaped for an early run (it was about 3 degrees outside) and returned in time for a full English. As it was nice we decided to make the most of the day before Paul had to leave and headed over to Frinton on Sea. After observing the 2 minute silence at 11 am we left the car then headed down to the beach to watch people walking their dogs and riding their horses along the shore.
As it was chilly the beach was pretty much deserted which was lovely as it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
After returning home for tea and biscuits it was time for Paul to head back to London, and as usual a weekend with friends comes to an end far too quickly.
We said our goodbyes than I ensured I made the most of the weather and got my New Balance trainers out of the cupboard and went for a run.
Following our run on Friday I noticed that the leaves on the ground made the terrain a little slippery so I decided to switch to the New Balance trainers as they have much more grip.
It was chilly but I wore my long sleeve running Run Breeze top which was more than enough protection and got into my stride.
I enjoyed the run and my pace was good so I mentally set myself a route and decided to keep going until I reached 5K. This is the first 5K I have run in a while and it felt good to reach that virtual goal.
All in all I am feeling much better and am glad I am back into the running. It’s also nice not to be training for anything as it ensures there is no pressure or plan. I will get some races booked so I have goals to work to but for now I am happy to go out, run, switch off the head, switch on my legs and enjoy the me time out on the road.
All in all a lovely autumnal weekend.
Hopefully by this time next week I may have completed my first ever half marathon – hopefully!
My blog has advertised my run ever since I signed up which seems like it was ages ago.
I am running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London which takes me on a very scenic and iconic route through the capital.
For this run I have become a Heart Runner as I am running on behalf of the British Heart Foundation and would be very grateful if you could sponsor me.
The British Heart Foundation do great work and I am grateful and appreciative that they exist as they have helped myself and my family through some tough times when my mum has undergone heart surgery.
If you would like to follow my progress on the 6th October, the race starts at 9 am UK time. If you are in London why not pop along to the course and give your support? I’ll be the one in the Heart Runner red t-shirt and fluorescent green Nike’s
If you cannot make it in person then download the Royal Parks Half app and search for my name – from there you will be able to track my progress live via the chip in my running vest
Thanks to everyone for their continued support. I am sure I am in a good place to run and even though this tapering makes me feel uneasy and sometimes makes me doubt my abilities, I know that I can do it and with everyone’s generosity and kind words I am sure this will all give me a boost towards the finish line next Sunday.