It doesn’t seem that long ago since I was publishing a daily blog about my challenge to run 10K every day during June. That was an amazing experience and it was topped by a couple of brilliant races I had during July.
That was when I was struck down by a flu like virus which took me out of action for pretty much a whole month. Even now I feel some residual effects and some of the things I could do with ease just a few months ago now feel like a real struggle. I haven’t really added much to my blog since I fell ill but yesterday I thought that I ought to write. The journey back to health and fitness is a real story and is definitely something that ought to be written about. When you, as a runner, are inured or ill it can be very discouraging and you can be downhearted. However, for me, I have been here before and know I can come back and be even better than I was before. It’s not going to be easy but in this game, no one ever said it would.
So, in the last month or so my best 10K time is around 10 minutes off where I would like it to be. In a few races I did a personal worst time and as I said, quite a few things I take for granted are a struggle. In 7 days time I am competing in a race called the Leeds Country Way Relay as captain of my team. This requires me to run, with a partner, a gruelling 11.5 mile trail route though the hilly countryside north of Leeds and it’s tough even if you are fit. We did a practice run last week and my partner (some years my senior) and my wife Helen (who I can usually beat over any distance) had to wait for me to catch up on many occasions. Will I be much better next week? Time will tell.
On the plus side, I went out running with Helen today and we ran a lovely route through the countryside by a lake, even though it was about 26 degrees Celsius (feeling more like 30). Although this was tough it was fun and that, after all, it what it’s all about.
My plan therefore is to blog about my journey back to full fitness. Hopefully it will be interesting and by the end of it I will be recounting some much better performances and results.
“The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.”