I wrote this about 10 days ago but did not post as (surprise surprise) I got injured (the knee again) and wanted to see how this latest one unfolded. Since I began this marathon training (post 26th December) I have been injured more than I have been fit. Bit frustrating as can’t keep to a schedule but the main annoyance is it has prevented me from raising money for RNIB (https://www.justgiving.com/pete-tizard-london2012 ) as I am always worried of having to drop out (see http://pete-tizard.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/pete-doesnt-run-london-marathon.html). Anyway I am 5 weeks away from the marathon and am committed to running and can’t wait to get out there. Anyway what follows was originally written (with hubris) on the 7th March….
I’m back on the blog which I announce to a chorus of boos. I’ve been away a while now and was for 2 reasons. The first is because this drivel takes a while to write, it goes through several rewrites until I get to the polished turd that I end up posting. Secondly (and more importantly) I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to make the marathon due to having legs made of glass. I have suffered setbacks over the last 3 month training period (will go into that in a bit) but I am quietly confident that I will make it to start line with my buddy Adam (http://tashtag.wordpress.com/) on the 21st April.
Hmm what have I been up to since the last post back in October? Well I ran the Royal Parks which was alright – I did plan to post straight after (see one of my many unfulfilled promises – http://pete-tizard.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/a-post-about-running.html) but didn’t get round to it. I thought the route was interesting and there was a large supportive crowd. However the run itself wasn’t too good… It started with me getting to the Kentish Town station too find it shut (bloody High Barnet branch), but I met a lovely Italian couple and shared a taxi to Marble Arch. If anyone has been to a run before you will have noticed around race time you will see dozens of men “literally” pissing up against anything that is vertical. Basically this happens because everyone goes a bit mental and overhydrates beforehand. Well I made this error but unfortunately there was no secluded area to relive myself. So I made an excuse to the Italians (“warm up run”) and sprinted to find the nearest portaloo – everyone was full and had a massive que. This was memorable because was the first time I have “literally” begged someone to allow me to the front - it worked! Anyway the run went OK – loads of people taking part so the first 5 miles I was sprinting to get past and meant the last 5 miles was tough as had spent all my energy <sigh>. I would recommend this run if you want to take in the sites/enjoy the crowd but you would probably struggle for a personal best.
I was recently on crutches because of bad shin splints – yes I’m a warrior. At one point I was worried that I would have to drop out. A few observations, you need to be bloody fit to use crutches – I was on them for 20 minutes in my suit and my back was drenched in sweat (blamed it on the rain). The other thing was that people (and in London!) can be considerate, when swinging across a slippery square one business man asked if I needed help. On the tube I was offered a seat, of course I politely refused and explained I only had shin splints which was met with a confused look.
The perplexing thing is that the more injuries I get the more I want to run. It is that sense of not being able or allowed that makes it more appealing. Running is my class A. Recently as well my approach to running has changed, before I was all about time, PBs and pushing myself (“pain is just weakness leaving the body” bollocks). Now I enjoy just getting out in the outdoors, running for the sheer pleasure and observing the people as they go about their bizness.
This is the first (I hope) of many marathons, although this will be the last time I run and raise money for RNIB (https://www.justgiving.com/pete-tizard-london2012 ) at least for a bit. I am now going to start going in to overdrive in raising money so you will get sick of the sight of me calling/texting/emailing/faxing/pigeoning/stalking/etc. With so many generous friends I am confident we will smash the target of £1500. Many thanks for donating over the years but one last donation would be greatly appreciated.
Usually I end by promising a post in the not so distant future. I am not going to do this as no doubt will follow past trends and not deliver. But I do hope to post more soon. I leave you with a video (bleeeet!) of which I hope you get as much enjoyment as I did from - https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PpccpglnNf0 .
PS - Please message me if you want to help me raise some money. Will be looking to organise maybe a couple of things at work and also go chugging outside Waitrose etc. – it may not sound like much fun but it would be really kind of you. Have a great night/week!