Monday, 29 July 2013

Good news!

Good news!

I've been increasing my walking, increasing my cycling in the gym, increasing my visits to Peter May and progress is being made!

Yesterday I ran a mile, though not literally! Albeit a very slow mile, I really felt liberated, ok out of breath, very sweaty and not dissimilar to how I usually feel at the end of a race! I'm in no doubt that it's going to be a long road back, but I'm on that road, that's the main thing!

I'm still attending club three nights and either standing and watching and encouraging (translation: longing to join in) or taking Dave for a walk whilst the runners run.

Out for a stroll with Dave & Marc 

Tonight I set off to Pulse Gym to meet session leader Brian and check the runners out and in.  Heavy rain, thunder and lightening threatened I'm sure, to put most people off coming out.  Just as we arrived the sun came out and it stopped raining. Thinking there was still a big risk nobody would turn up since they would have already made the decision not to run I was most surprised to see a half dozen people stood waiting.  A steady trickle meant there was a sizeable group once they set off.  I drove down to where the session was to take place to encourage them up the hill of the pyramid.  It wasn't long though before the heavens opened again, doggedly determined they all carried on regardless.  After the session we all set off back soaking wet but none the less happy, they had all put huge effort in despite the weather. I love being part of a club even when I can't run. I'm sure they all thought I was mad standing out in the rain but I really don't see it like that, I like to think of it as having KIT days!

Excitement is building as the club prepares to mark 25 years of runners achieving goals, making friends and generally doing a brilliant thing!   Everyone is doing their bit to ensure the silver jubilee is celebrated in style throughout August, including a 'bring a friend along' night amongst other fun activities so if you are reading this and don't currently run but have a longing to do so (as I do!) why not get in touch and 'Run because you can'.......

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Time is running out......

It's very frustrating when titles such as this keep landing in my email 'Inbox'

Time is running out to enter the UK’s most beautiful 10K city race

I'm well aware that time is running out, the problem is I can't run Grrrrr!  However, my main concern is that time is running out to train for the Great North Run.  I need something to focus on to keep me sane.  If time does run out for GNR then I will move my focus to the Guy Fawkes 10 mile in November.  I don't know if any of these goals are realistic at all until I have professional advice which I intend to seek very soon. Until then my goals are firmly in place and are going nowhere!

So week four of being incapacitated - thankfully the days are rolling by just as quickly as they were before - I cannot believe it is four whole weeks since I slipped and ended up visiting minor injuries.  Worryingly though each day is day closer to the GNR and weekly emails land to facilitate the count down, the latest being a reminder to book your accommodation and transfers to the start of the race, which are already sorted. I do though, feel that I am recovering well. I am being anal about doing the exercises I was given in the hope that my recovery comes about in as shortest a time allowed!

The two week anniversary of my injury happened to be my birthday. It started out the way anyone would wish - breakfast in bed, surrounded by my boys, opening cards and presents, then came a bombshell as I opened a 'card' from my two eldest sons and their families, tickets to see Rod Stewart at the new First Direct arena in Leeds. Emotion took over and I was soon in tears, wow it's years since I last saw him - I could hardly contain myself. Next a visit to Adel to cheer on the Eccup runners and I consoled myself with a bacon buttie after the runners had set off - a change to see the other side of the Eccup 10! After we had cheered almost all the runners in we set off with some of the runners to Golden Acre Park to meet family and visit the quaint tea rooms for cake. A boys game of football completed the afternoon and off we went home to prepare for a birthday barbecue in the evening.

So right up to date, I'm still stationary aside of regular walking and gym visits to cycle and cross train, I've progressed onto the next set of exercises from the hospital and a planned walk round parkrun on Saturday are all making me feel like I'm 'getting there'! Now, how do I stop that clock?........