Firstly 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