img_1831“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1 2-3 (NIV).  While James was talking about faith in God it is true that trials in many fields (like running) develops perseverance and that’s how I feel at the moment.

Today I took my second run out after illness and did a slow 6 miles which was really tough and tells me that I need to rest for a few days before I go out again.  The first three miles felt fine which is a good sign but how to get up to longer runs?  Well, I have a feeling that’s going to be perseverance; persevere at the shorter distances and have faith I will be able to build up the distance and duration.

I don’t know of a better plan at present so at the moment, perseverance with faith is the only show in town!

Angels and Demons

Angels and DemonsToday it felt like I was going to do the most important run I had ever done.  It wasn’t a parkrun or some epic unfeasibly long distance at breakneck speed, but a simple out-and-back steady 2 miles!  For, those who have been following my story will know, this was my first time out running for about three weeks of illness and misery.

Now that I have got that out of the way, I need to come to terms with the reality that my Marathon training is now going to be much more of a challenge than it was going to be.  It will be like an old Tom and jerry cartoon with a demon standing on one shoulder saying “come on, you need to run lots and lots to train for a marathon, the more miles the better – no pain no gain etc” and the angel on the other side saying “Listen to your phsyio, take it steady, plenty of rest days, don’t be stupid”.

I now have three goals for March and these are 1. Don’t get injured. 2. Run a total of 100 miles. 3. Get up to an 18 mile long run by the end of the month.  I have got to take things steady and one step at a time but I’ve still got to get in a fit state to run a marathon hence the two distance goals.  My two mile trial run went OK today and I proved that I could breathe and that my legs still work.

It’s great to be back!


The loneliness of a long distance runner

If anyone has been wondering where I’ve been for the last few weeks, well it’s not been a pleasant time.  I had a nasty cold that developed into a chest infection which has meant that I have been thoroughly grounded!

If you read my last post you will see how hard I found running a few weeks ago which I now know was actually due to the fact I was unwell (and in hindsight, going out running was a really bad idea).

I know sitting the last few weeks out was the right thing to do, but it’s been really lonely and has seemed like forever.  I have been watching all the wonderful exploits of my running friends on social media over the last few weeks and it has been agonising not being part of it.   I am recovering fast though and should be out running again in days and I will obviously tell you all about it.

My London Marathon training programme has been knocked for six but I’m going to be really sensible with my training and I will reach the finish line.

Thanks for reading!