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Thank you for visiting my blog.

Not exactly sure what I'll be posting about, but will be centred around preparation for the marathon - fund raising ideas, run routes, things that annoy me when I am running, etc. Will look to update and maintain every other day (or until I lose interest).

My reason for starting a blog is to keep you kind people who have (or will) sponsor me ( informed of my progress in preparing for the marathon. Additionally, once my running career is over I imagine I will look back fondly on the drivel posted.

Lastly, I appreciate any support you can provide. It would be great if you could donate but also any tips you could give for fund raising or preparing for the run would be much appreciated. If you want to join me on a jog, let me know - cheers!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

The runner, the injury and the knee

It’s cold, windy and snowy outside - I welcome you to come in and warm yourself with my blog.  Yep – 2 posts in the space of a week, I am as surprised (or perhaps you are disappointed) as you.  Let’s crack on…

Last post ( I mentioned I had run the Royal parks in October, well my most recent half was at Silverstone (famous motor racing course apparently) and was excited to be joined by fellow *FactSetters’ Olly and Jen (Go Team Mid-Markets!).  This was the first long run I had been on since recovering (kind of) from my shin splints (off for about 4/5 weeks) and was curious to see how I would cope.  Nailed it didn’t I!  We ran with the 1:45 pace guy and felt fine going into the last mile and completed this in less than 6 minutes.  I was happy about the day as avoided injury and the event itself was well organised – quick bag drop off area, plenty of loos (pits stops LOLz!), etc.  
The day also produced my best in-run photo (see, the subsequent likes on facebook is undeniable proof.  Conversely it also produced my worst ever picture (post-run), let’s say I got caught up in the excitement of finishing.  If I reach my goal of £1,500 (2nd plug I will publish this to the World.

It wouldn't be one of my posts without an update on the knee but not the other knee as that has been behaving impeccably.  I hurt the knee 2 weeks ago when sitting down in the pub post a long run with my buddy Adam (“Legend” “Boss it!” ) – we stopped for water so it wasn’t karma punishing me or something.  There is now pain just at the bottom right of my knee cap.
These last few years it feels I have frequented most physios in London - I imagine when I walk into a practise they see £ signs flashing (one on either knee).  I don’t want to see a physio before the run but will probably be back in again after.  I ran on and was in discomfort (4/10 pain) but it has improved from what it was like.  I will aim to do core exercise every morning until the marathon and regularly use the cross trainer to keep pressure off the knee (& the other knee) to maintain my fitness.  When the marathon does finally come round, I imagine I will be drugged up with painkillers L.

I want to say a thank-you to Yuk Ha and her family for their generous donation.  Anyone who has the pleasure to have met Yuk Ha will realise what a special, kind and lovely person she is.  It really surprised me that you took the trouble to raise that money for me, I am very grateful and will always remember your act of kindness.  Thank you again for the support and I hope to make you and your family proud come the run.

That’s it for another week!  The next post will detail the thank you gifts (tat) you will receive for donating (3rd plug, an update on my latest injuries (standard) and something else which will bulk out the post.  Enjoy the shortened week ahead – huzzah!

* Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the said company…  J

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