A Marathon Decision

sore-kneeSo apologies for the lack of any blog last week, but it truly was one of those weeks. Jack continued to be ill and I spent the week dashing between work and home to make sure he was ok. Friday couldn’t come soon enough. Thankfully Jack made it back to school today, whether he lasts the week remains to be seen.Though looking at the colour of him at the moment, the odds aren’t that good.

It’s been the London Marathon this weekend, something I’ve done a few times. I was due to run Edinburgh this year, that was until my knee died at christmas and I’ve been waiting for a scan to see what the problem is ever since. I was starting to come terms with the fact that I have probably run my last marathon. My scan results are due next Tuesday and I had convinced myself that as long as the doctor said ‘you’ll still be able to run short distances’, I would make do with that – a miles better than none. Mmmm, maybe watching the marathon wasn’t the best of ideas -now I want to run another one. If my doctor doesn’t utter the words ‘you’ll be back clocking the miles in no time’ I don’t know what I’ll do -I’m sure the doctor has experience of seeing grown women cry , but wailing and carrying on hysterically -maybe not.

Well done to all the Marathon Runners

Lets hope next Tuesday goes my way

Bring it on

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of ……………..Heavy Breathing and Dragging Feet!

Now if anybody had seen me at half past five sat in the chair, head nodding – you know the way I mean – when your chin banging on your chest wakes you up, they would have never have believed that less than an hour later I would be out running. But then that’s the plus side of having someone to run with, that extra bit of motivation to get you out of the door. Thanks Gill!

Gill and I run together quite a lot, we once ran all round the London Marathon with the crowd shouting ‘go on ill’ because the G had dropped off her top – I didn’t laugh – much!! To be honest I don’t know how she put’s up with me. Take tonight for example. I suggested we run a new route that would allow us to run down a short but extremely steep hill instead of up it. What I didn’t realise was that we’d have to run up a three mile hill to get to it. So high was the hill that I expected Julie Andrews and the rest of the Von -trapp to come rolling down singing!!!

 To say we huffed and puffed up it is an understatement and in all honesty, two miles in and I wasn’t really sure where we were.To make matters even worse we came to a point where 3 roads meet and we didn’t take the one that would take us down the steep hill we had tried to avoid – oh well. Still it was a lovely route and gave us a few options for some different routes. Every cloud has a silver lining – we were so high up we could see the silver lining!!

A very HILLY 7+ miles

A flatter run tomorrow

Bring it on

In My Marathon Opinion……………

So today I sat and watched the London Marathon from start to finish – something, for various reasons, I haven’t done for a long time. Last year I ran it, the year prior to that I was at the Sheffield Half Marathon and I ran it in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 and 2009 and I couldn’t bare to watch – 2008 saw me with cracked ribs a few weeks prior to race day ( I have worked with some lovely kids!!) so I defered my place  until 2009 – in February of that year I discovered I had a severe iron deficiency that made me really ill for a time, still at least I knew training had been tiring for a reason! Dream over again.

I decided to have a year off from the marathon this year as I really wanted to have a go at the Edinburgh one – sadly this falls when we’re on our Jolly Hols and I don’t think Jack n Ernie would be too chuffed if I said sorry guys Florida’s off!!  There’s always next year! So I sat with my mug of coffee watching the race start and to be honest I didn’t really wish I was there. It still brought a tear to my eye when the music played though and I think some who ran today deserve more than a medal – truly inspirational people.

By cup of coffee number two I was starting to get annoyed. I understand why the elite athletes are called that – any one who can run that speed for 26 miles is definately elite, but why do commentators feel the need to refer to the slower runners as fun runners. I wasn’t the only one to be annoyed- seems a few facebook friends feel the same. When I was younger Steve Cram was one of my heroes, today I think he’s a prat! According to Mr Cram running a marathon under 3 hours is real running…………So what the hell are the rest of us doing  – pretending!!

According to the dictionary an athlete is someone who trains or excels at exercise, yep thats me and thousands of others. I try and run 5 times a week sometimes more. I run before work, after work, to and from rugby games. I fit it in whenever I can- its not always fun but when I get a PB, have a good race or just enjoy the running I’m glad I’ve made the effort to get out and do it. I think every other ‘fun runner’ does exactly the same. I once ran the Great North Run dressed as a blood cell (don’t ask) It was bloody hard work. When I’ve been over taken by a camel down the Mall I don’t think’ oh there’s a fun runner’, I think how the hell has he run 26 miles in that and is he mad?  (bloody annoying to get beat by a camel though, had a tree one year, even worse!!!)

Anyway, rant over. To all who finished today, Congratulations on your fantastic achievements.Enjoy all your memories from today and  I promise you you’ll start walking normally by about Wednesday.

A pretend runner!!!

Real Running tomorrow

Bring it on

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