Since 1st January, I’ve done: An epic New Year parkrun double; The gruelling Temple Newsam Ten: hilly muddy and wet; A Temple Newsam parkrun in the icy cold – 4 laps round a field reminiscent of a distant memory of hated school cross country; A cold, wet, windy and dark Nostell Priory night run and, a total of 132 miles of running (for which I am expecting a gong from Awesome Running Events).
Now, my beloved sister would call all of this “madness” and she may have a point but consider this. Some take succour in out-of-context reports of research that “proves” excercise is harmful but quoting from the NHS web site “If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented.” When my GP with a great big grin on her face (after looking though blood test results) says that there is no advice she can give me to improve my lifestyle and the senior consultant cardiologist (who treated my arythmia), is always so pleased to see me because he has a patient who he describes as “exremely fit”, I think to myself that all this “madness” is worth it.
Today, like a computer message that used to appear on my Saab, I feel like I have “Limited Performance” and don’t feel “extremely fit” at all. My planned 10 mile run ended after about 3 when my body told me it wasn’t going to happen today. I’m not discouraged though because I know it’s just the tail-end of a virus and I just have to take it easy for a few days. Now that Janathon is over I now don’t have to justify this to anyone and I can have a few guilt-free days off.
As for the Blog, well you haven’t got off so lightly because MarathonMann will carry on blogging till the 24th April at least. My aim is to document the journey to London so that’s what I’ll do. I thank you all for reading, following, commenting and supporting me through January and I do hope you will find my story entertaining, informative and even motivating so please do keep reading.