This is a question I seem to keep asking myself.
46 days ago I was on top of the world and had completed my first ever Half Marathon.
During a trip to Luxembourg I picked up a bug and was out of action for a little while…
Now I am laid up with a bruised disc in my back 😔 What happened?
It’s damn painful and seems to be very persistent.
I saw the Physio last week who told me I should rest up but could work from home if possible, as long as I took it easy. Seems I did not take it easy enough, that coupled with several hours in the car this weekend and I am not much better than I was when my back went 😔 I had another assessment at the beginning of the week and he confirmed the swelling around my disc is just as bad.
The doctor confirmed this and as much as I was hoping to return to the office, I am off work, on painkillers and anti inflammatory drugs and feeling pretty crap. It hurts to sit. It hurts to walk and it hurts to lay down. Hopefully this will be sorted soon but of course it means I am not up to much at the moment and there won’t be any running for some time
Oh and I have had to miss two concerts (Woodkid and Fenech Soler) which I am really pissed off about. I do understand not attending is for the best as there is no way I could stand (or dance!) for a couple of hours on end. At the moment I can just about walk!
How can I go from being so fighting fit to this – what happened?
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
Easy 45 minutes was the plan of attack tonight and I think I managed well considering this is my first run since the 10 miles on Sunday.
I have had a decent break between the runs but can still feel that I put myself through a challenge on Sunday as I am a bit tight in places.
I need to crack on with stretches even on days when I am not running to ensure I am supple and injury free.
Pacing was good, breathing was ok.
Good run all in all.. Not much to report back except for the magpies and the cricket I found jumping down the hall when I got in!
I am not sure how he didn’t end up getting eaten by Brandy (or tortured at least as she likes to chew one or two legs off every spider she sees then watches them crawl around in circles until they die!)… Maybe this fella was too fast for her.
He’s lucky I spotted him – I caught this brief photo before I set him free in the garden.
Work is the bitch I expected it to be and I started the day with a headache I couldn’t shift, a sore throat and a generally shit mood – that was all lifted by the run. And this is why I know amongst all this chaos no matter how brief, I must get my trainers on and get out there – it’s good for my body and for my soul.
Oh well, only 19 days until Canada! – 39 days until the Royal Parks Half Marathon – Please sponsor me!
Things are mental at work. I’m not enjoying things one bit at present and each day there is more pressure and my head is spinning.
Planning a run in the middle seems mental but I wanted the release in my day and wanted to ensure I enjoy an evening with Richard as he will be home when I get in.
I had a massive headache and was contemplating not running but I am so glad I did.
I got out at lunch and headed towards Westminster.
I encountered the first group of tourists and crowds at Westminster Bridge and ended up with the other runners on the kerb or the cycle lane.
Things got very congested on the other side and I was struggling to keep any pace. I don’t understand why tourists pay so much money for attractions such as the London Dungeon. The queue was ridiculous – there’s so much more to London! Anyway…
I was supposed to run a 45 minute conversation pace. At this stage 45 minutes at any pace looked like a challenge.
I had to literally fight my way through the crowd and it was by the Millennium Eye that I had my first casualty. Tourists it would seem do not look where they are going and a woman came out of the queue and instead of looking ahead she was looking behind. I dodged her but caught her elbow with my water bottle.
The crowds persisted all along the South Bank but I managed a decent pace and decided to keep going.
I aimed to run 5k then increased this to 6k and so on…
At Southwark a young girl with an oversized handbag was an unexpected obstacle and during my attempt to miss her she stuck her arm out and I caught her bag. She called me a tit. I simply made some comment about using the handles as they were intended and carried on running.
There were many near misses today as London is now at the height of the tourist season. It’s very different from dodging fields full of cows and rabbits when running in Colchester.
I decided to continue to London Bridge and stupidly thought it’d be an idea to run up the stairs. They are very steep and I was knackered when I reached the top. At this point I stopped the timer and walked across the bridge. I had a well deserved drink too.
Once on the other side of the bridge I felt fine but was tired of the crowds. I decided this wasn’t going to stop me though and started the timer again.
I then ran back onto the bank of the river and headed back towards to office and Blackfriars Bridge.
I made it back in 45 minutes before stopping on the bridge to so some stretches.
Regardless of the crowds and the sporadic approach to the run, it all came out well.
Nike reports 6.96 km and Garmin recorded 6.65 km. Not too shabby as I was under several bridges and in quite a few walkways so both devices did well to track my route effectively.
With the walk across London Bridge in the middle I probably tipped over 7k which I think is very good going considering I felt like death before I started.
Apart from the odd post run ache I felt much better this afternoon and was very grateful I went for the run.
I want to run some more of London and aim to ask Paul for his companionship on future runs. It’s just a nightmare to schedule anything at present as my work calendar is subject to change without warning.
At least the running, my baby, Brandy and my friends help to keep me sane in amongst all this chaos.
I’m looking forward to an evening curled up on the sofa with my baby and miss Brandy.
I started today with an easy paced 40 minute run which got me just over 6k
I ran early and at a decent pace which I felt really happy about.
I really needed to get out there as I had a f-ing awful day yesterday. If I could erase the day I would but hey shit happens.
The run helped me focus on something else and helped me balance all my demons!
I saw the herd of cows this morning and am glad I decided to stick to the roads as this time, there was a bull with them!
I am happy with my pace too as I appear to be getting quicker. It was cooler too which I think makes a difference.
Our middle nephew is visiting for a couple of days so we took him into London to see the sights.
William got to see the City, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the South Bank, Westminster, Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Soho, Leicester Square, a picnic in St James Park, The West End and Regent Street. I think that equates to about 12k all in all so my feet and legs have done me proud today!
We also paid a visit to the land of the pimple free, underdressed boys wearing too much make up – Abercrombie. William bought an amusing tee shirt which I am sure will raise some eyebrows when he returns home to Plymouth!
Thankfully the day was a little overcast and there was a breeze which meant that we didn’t over heat either in London or during my run.
One thing is clear, I think we shall all sleep well tonight!
More is planned for the weekend and I am tackling something personal first thing tomorrow which I hope to crack. I’ll let you know more when it happens. Until then just keep your fingers crossed.
I have to say thanks to Apple for more great customer service. My – volume button stopped working so I had a Genius appointment yesterday and they’ve replaced my iPhone 5 😃. I’ve also treated it (!) to a shiny new inCase case 😃.
Whatever you’re all up to, have a great weekend.
I met Paul today for a lunch time run (although a bit later than planned due to an overrunning meeting).
We headed out into London and made our way along the Thames to Tower Bridge, across and back.
It was very humid out and I ended up drinking a bit mid run to keep me going.
The WalkJogRun plan was for 4 miles tomorrow but I ran 3.22 at lunch (just over 5K) and am happy with that.
The run as mentioned was very humid and it was quote tricky in places as there were so many tourists out and about.
I enjoy running this route around the Thames but you do have to hop and dodge around the crowds to get where you need to go. Thankfully most people hear or see us coming and get out of our way (most).
I have to learn how to run up and down narrow stairs though. Paul does it like a pro but I’m convinced I’m going to go ass over tip so I slow down (which I believe is wise).
We were both amused when we reached the bottom of one flight of stairs and some woman tried to hand is fliers!
This was my first run with my new Garmin Forerunner 210 and it was interesting to not use anything other than the watch to guide me.
I will run with my phone on my arm when running along – purely for safety. I will however track and plan everything now on the watch.
I am amazed how easy it is to use and how clear the display/tones are when running.
I missed the 2nd km marker but that may have been me thinking Paul’s watch beeped when it was mine.
Uploading content to the site it easy and there is a lot of facts and figures to read to help me train better.
I have managed to extract all my old runs from iSmoothRun too. Rather handily they allow you to export into your Garmin Connect account. It’s so easy I did it in the train this morning.
Now all of my training is in one place and I can compare runs, save courses and dissect all the information easily.
I’m connected as trunkguy, if you have a Garmin Connect account why not connect accounts?
There are a few quirks to the Garmin site I have to get used to but to be honest it’s far better than the likes of Nike etc!
I have managed to sync my Garmin runs into Runkeeper although I note this is a little buggy. Today’s run however went in with no problems.
I’ll keep iSmoothRun on my iPhone as its a great alternative to the Garmin. I’ll also keep Run Keeper as I like its social features. Nike Running, Gipis and Daily Miles (Electric Miles app) have all been removed.
All apps serve a purpose and all have helped me get where I am and have given me a record of nearly a hundred runs which is great. I am how ere simplifying and going to leverage the power of Garmin.
I am keeping WalkJogRun too as it includes my plan for the half marathon. I could add this to the Garmin site but I’ve already invested time doing this in my iCloud account so for now it can stay as is.
I tried the heart rate monitor last night and was amazed how quickly the two sync up. As soon as I snapped the monitor on the belt the watch beeped and I was ready to go.
I need to find a way of working out all my heart rates. If you have any ideas please email or leave a comment.
It’s safe to say we were both a hot sweaty mess when we finished the run.
I pushed myself fairly hard today and although I didn’t do the prescribed distance I did run faster so am happy with this progress.
Paul (who ran a 10k in 41:32 minutes last weekend!) did have to pause for me a few times but he’s great at pacing and encouraging me. In fact even though I pushed myself and struggled with the humid conditions I did manage to have some short conversations with him mid run.
So that’s this weeks runs. Monday I aim to try and see how I get on with the HRM. I’m sure it’ll all be fine.
And yes once again no music, no distractions (except the odd thousand tourist!) and I finished feeling happy with a sense of achievement.
I realise I was at Tower Bridge with Paul (and Enda) on Tuesday as we caught the Thames Clipper there to the Millennium Dome.
We were very lucky to see an original Thames Clipper sail under the bridge. This was the first time Enda had seen the bridge raised.
As you can see it was a lovely evening to be on the river.
Update: I’ve actually had a second run this evening as I got caught in a torrential storm. I got soaked through (I was wearing my Adidas running rain coat) but decided to run to simply get home. Not the best idea in flay canvas trainers etc but I am happy I can simply turn it on and run like the clappers when I need to.
Now I simply need to dry off!