Bling alert!

HonleyI watched a video about Olympic Gold Medals and was astonished about the weight and cost of these things (in terms of raw metal).  A “Gold” medal of course isn’t really made of pure gold but of silver with gold plating but even so, this makes a modern one (like those issued in London or Rio) weigh around half a kilo (or a pound in English)!  Unfortunately, I’m not an Olympic athlete but that doesn’t matter because I’ve just seen a photo of the amazing medal that I will get if I complete 100 miles  in August!  This certainly is going to motivate me to finish the job!  All the Awesome Virtual Running Events medals are amazing but they have really pulled the stops out this month with the Olympic themed August medal! Other running organisers take note.

So, I’ve done 89 this month to date and this includes the challenging Honley 10K trail race today.  The label on the tin said “easy to medium” but I can’t on earth think where they got “easy” from.  Don’t get me wrong, this is strangely my cup of tea, hills (up and down), mud to justify my trail shoes and the amazing Yorkshire countryside –  what’s not to like!

With a moderately wam (17 degrees) morning with practically no wind, today was quite a contrast with the dead flat Escrick 10K last week where the wind was the main hazard, boy do I hate wind!

No bling last week or today (will they ever learn) but hay, 11 more miles in the next few days and I’ll get the Awesome 100 mile August challenge medal.  You might think I only do this running thing for medals.  You’d be wrong but, it’s a great bonus.

“Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’” Acts‬ ‭3:6‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬

The good, the bad and the ugly

Escrick 10 KFirstly the good.  Hasn’t it been a brilliant GB performance at the Olympic Games in Rio?  It’s just one astonishing statistic after another; beating our medal tally at London 2012 (not been done before), coming second in the medals table and Mo Farah’s amazing double-double, the list goes on (& I ought to mention our track cycling team where every one of them will go home with a medal).  It goes to show what well run and well funded elite sports can achieve; from a personal perspective it would be great to see the same being done for distance running!

Another good thing was the Escrick 10K that I ran today.  It was a lovely flat course in the countryside with a great atmosphere and I am not surprised it’s so popular.  The bad bit was the fact that I am still struggling to get a descent time although I felt OK so its just a matter of sticking with it!  Because of the hospital examination I had to endure on Thursday, I have had to suspend taking my prescribed iron tablets for a week so I might have to be a little more patent before I feel a difference.  (see blog post: Iron Mann).

Now for the Ugly bit, as I mentioned in One week and 40 seconds I had to report to Leeds General Infirmary for some endoscopy examinations to try and get to the bottom (so to speak) of my iron deficiency.   Well, I can tell you, if you have any doubt, that having someone stick a tube down your throat feels exactly like someone sticking a tube down your throat and the same can be said for the other end!  This was a seriously unpleasant experience but the good news is that there is nothing horrible going on in my innards, so I can rest easy there!  Still a mystery then but at least I can resume iron tablets which I am told, will make a difference.

My Great North Run number arrived on Friday and Mo Farah will be in the race also so I’m really looking forward to that!

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above – what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below – what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”  Job 11:7-9 NIVUK

One week and 40 seconds

Temple NewsamAfter taking iron tablets for one week I did Temple Newsam parkrun again and managed to gain 40 seconds over last week.  I didn’t really feel like trying too hard this morning which makes the 40 seconds even more significant!  The sting in the tail though is that I now have to stop taking the tablets for 5 days to enable tests to see why I’m anaemic in the first place.

I’m philosophical though because a week is not a long time and I am very grateful for what modern medicine and the NHS has done for me.  Thinking about it, my heart problems alone would have put paid to my running back in 2012 and if my thyroxine deficiency wasn’t treated I’d also be in a pretty sorry state.

Despite all this and not looking forward to my visit to the Leeds General Infirmary next week, I am doggedly getting on with my training for the Great North Run.  This includes a 10 miler tomorrow and a 10K race next weekend (Escrick).  The 10 tomorrow will take me to 50 miles for the month which is half way to my goal at less than half way through the month!

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” ‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬