As James has commented before, my posts can often be quite long. Here we go again today…
This morning I began typing this blog post, I was in a thinking mood for some reason. The injury that’s been on it’s way for a few days now concerns me; a bit for my own health and well-being, but mostly because it could so easily be the end of the challenge for me. I moped about a bit. I felt really quite down on life this morning. I hit a low point I haven’t seen for a while. That, and today was always going to be a difficult day.
Then I chatted on the phone a bit, which helped. Sorted myself out and decided that, in the end, I’m happy with my lot. I have support around me, people who appreciate me, a good job etc. etc.. It’s not all bad is it!
It could be worse. There are floods in Australia, not what I associate with the place. I’ve been thinking about people over there (Michelle and David whom those avid readers amongst you will already know of, and my sister and brother in law are over there on honeymoon).
And then there’s Sense and all the people they support as the reason behind this whole challenge. I’ll keep doing this and hopefully keep raising money to support their work.
I resolved to quit whining about a knee issue that is, in the grand scheme of things, insignificant. I shall soldier on and just finish another 3 miler again today. And so I did. Don’t ask how it went. I’ll report back on the knee in a couple of days.
And to prove I’m going to be positive about it all…
The London 10,000 returns on 30th May this year. The interesting bit about the event being the suggestion you’re running the Olympic course. The bad bit? I don’t know why I’m doing it again. I felt it was quite poorly organised last year, especially compared to the Manchester Greatrun (also 10k) which I did a fortnight earlier. It’d be nice if they got the water bottle thing right (not on a slope so all the bottles are rolling down and you’re frantically dodging them, it’s downright dangerous!) and decided not to call AN HOUR before the gun to say if you’re in a front start group you’re about to miss the gate. It was a fib, they were still letting people into the front pens about 10 minutes before the off. Poor show guys, the last thing you want on race day is a rush and a panic to ruin your PB. Anyway, I’ve just entered again. What the hell, this year is about spreading the word and raising some money isn’t it? It’s £25 for anyone interested and the website is http://www.london10000.co.uk/
This reminded me to look up my marathon training schedule, which has, it’s safe to say, been completely overlooked. Shameful behaviour, if I do say so myself. We’ll get onto that subject in a moment, however whilst I was looking for the excel file, I came across my old justgiving page from last year’s Manchester Greatrun. It’s here http://www.justgiving.com/andyratbag and is worth a look if only for my good friend Rob’s multiple sponsorship offerings so he could add comedy comments. See if you can spot which ones are his! Also, I promised to run it in under an hour, weeks before the event and ended up running 52:20. I remember being very pleased with that! Which reminds me, I’m doing this to raise a few quid, I should have mentioned that a bit more often, so here’s the magic button… I’m knocking on a third of the days now and think it’s time I decided I might actually have a chance of achieving this crazy challenge!
Right, back on track. The marathon schedule. Last year I ran my first marathon. I chose a marathon schedule for a first timer. I followed it. Religiously. To the letter. I trained ‘properly’. I ran a marathon. That’s how it should be. This year I’m fast ruining my resolve to do such a schedule again. Things haven’t been good on the running front lately. Life’s getting busier and it’s getting more difficult to find time to fit in the faff which surrounds the run every day. So here’s the schedule in a google doc. I’ve already ruined it and the half marathon at the end of this month really doesn’t fit properly. Anyway, I’m going to loosely follow it, pending results of knee challenges. And other things I can find to use as excuses or whine about. The rain is coming 😉
Morning run tomorrow hopefully, then a cycle ride with Damian. Cycling, as I’ve mentioned before always sorts my head out. Let’s hope it works tomorrow.
Have a great Sunday peeps, Monday is fast approaching!
Miles today: 3.65
Miles to date: 404.00