Weekend of rest with VLM

Bugger. Spoke too soon. 

Almost as soon as the words “better not get an injury now..” left my mouth, I threw my neck/back/shoulder out. An old niggly injury that likes to rear its ugly head when I’m run down or tired. I woke at 4.30 am to the familiar and unwelcome breathlessness and pain shooting through my back and arm. FUCKING AWESOME. I’ve not had a real proper relapse for 2 years. Just little niggles here and there that I’ve managed to iron out with Pilates and yoga. This episode had been brought on by stress, burning the candle at both ends and generally pushing myself a bit too far. My body was screaming “STOP. I’M SUPPOSED TO BE A TEMPLE. THIS IS TOO MUCH”. Unfortunately instead of listening, I was shouting back, giving it “BE QUIET WE’VE GOT WORK TO DO”.

I managed to make it to work on Friday but pain levels were an 8 and not decreasing with movement. I realised I was also being an insufferable bastard. So I went home and luckily had pre-booked physio for my hip that night anyway. PhysioDan decided to leave the hip this week and focus on spinal alignment and sorting out the muscular tension. OUCH. Nothing quite like a man using his bodyweight to crack your spine… I swore VERY loudly. 

Rest was prescribed on the weekend I was due to complete my first 3 hour run. I have always been organised and the thought of now only having 3 weeks left before tapering starts to get up to 4 hours, fills me with pure anxiety. 

Friends and family are still full of encouragement and I’m about to break the £600 mark on my fundraising for Maggie’s Centres

I had planned on running on Saturday so I could have Sunday to chill out and watch the VLM. I’m watching it anyway with many tears, fears and nerves. I’m also getting twitchy. Desperate to get out and run again. Thursday night’s bad run is still fresh in my mind and it’s making me really anxious. 

The plan this week (back permitting) is:

Monday:Pilates

Tuesday: Easy Run for an hour

Wednesday:Gym – Core & Cross Trainer

Thursday: Race Pace Run for an hour/6miles

Friday: Gym – Core & Cross Trainer again

Saturday Physio/Rest

Sunday: 3 hours. 

Fingers crossed I can get back out there this week and nail it. Watching the VLM is incredibly inspiring and emotional. Fuck knows what state I shall be in 6 weeks today when I’m standing in my starting pen. I’m actually getting terribly excited…

 

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Getting me through…

As you may already be aware, I’m running the Edinburgh Marathon for Maggie’s Centres. Everyone is aware of the Research based charities set up to fund the search for a cure for Cancer, but few consider what is required for those battling the disease, or their loved ones.

On Saturday, I was invited to attend a training day at their Edinburgh Centre. In the grounds of the Western General, a beautiful, warm environment welcomes anyone affected directly or indirectly by any form of Cancer. They do truly amazing work. It costs £2400 PER DAY to keep the centre running. So if I can raise half that, I’ll be thrilled.

Joel Enoch (British Triathlete and Iron Man) was there to examine our running technique and give us tonnes of advice on race prep (note: I’ve started calling it a race now…) nutrition and recovery. He also talked us through motivation and ways that we can push ourselves to train harder for longer and eventually complete the Marathon. 

I’m going to share a video he showed us with you. If you are training for an event, or just feeling a bit shit about stuff, I defy you not to be moved by this.

This is the story of Jamie. A young guy from America, who broke his neck on a submerged sandbank after jumping off a boat. Here is his journey. (Be warned. It’s INCREDIBLY moving)  

Pretty strong stuff, eh?

So. That’s the motivation. There’s many millions of people in the world fighting bigger battles than me.

But…. I can HELP. my legs are still good. I can still walk, run, stagger and crawl and as long as I can do those things, I will help raise cash for people who are fighting.

Music is also a massive motivator for me. I have VERY diverse taste and find different types of solace from different types of music.

I figured I’d share my current playlist with you on the off chance if provides some form of inspiration.

Sub Focus – Tidal Waves

If I’m struggling this one helps me get my pace back. It’s best LOUD.

Avicii – Adicted to You

Love this. Properly love it. Again, if I’m struggling this one pulls me out of the rut.

Coldplay – Every Tear

One of my most treasured songs.

Biffy Clyro – Biblical

Because Biffy. And Scottish.

Jay Z – 99 Problems

Takes me back to uni days and memorising the lyrics. I can zone out completely. This is a good one for when the pain kicks in.

Rammstein – Sonne

Absolute Belter. And another nostalgic one.

So now you can all judge my taste in music (let it be known that this is now wholly representative…) …

Injury status: acupuncture and physio last night for hip in prep for 14 miles on Thursday

#Bringiton