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!
This honestly does – the Royal Parks Foundation have released their official video of this years Royal Parks Half Marathon and watching it brings back all the memories and joy I felt competing and completing the race on the 6th October.
Such a wonderful day and a fantastic event that has been captured in a brilliantly emotional and fun video.
Did you participate? Can you spot yourself in the video?
*not my choice of music but it’s what I crossed the finish line to!
Listen out for the guy on the PA who calls out my name and acknowledges my personal celebration!
I woke up following yesterdays half marathon feeling a bit tender in my Sartorius (upper inner thigh) and had a slight twinge in my left ankle but felt ok otherwise.
I was a bit stiff getting around but the advice of some friends and reading up on this has helped.
I had an easy start to the day (booked the day off) and after breakfast headed out for a 10 – 15 minute run.
Don’t worry I am not mad – this wasn’t any strenuous – it was simply a way to ensure that the muscles I used yesterday got some heat and blood pumping back into then. I felt ok with this leisurely jog but I was sweating like a loon when I got back.
Afterwards I had a soak in a cool bath before getting on with the rest of my day.
This will be the last run with my current Garmin Forerunner 210 as it has been playing up for a while (and I only got it in June). Basically the damn thing refuses to switch off. It takes several attempts before it manages to successfully.
I wrote to Garmin and there must be a known error as there was no quibble (after confirming my watch was less than a year old) and today they have sent me details to send my watch back for a new device to be sent to me.
At least it held up for yesterday’s race around the Royal Parks