Always start with a joke - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/10/dog-tries-to-catch-baseball-tv-video_n_3053586.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-comedy#slide=1209776.
The countdown is on and this will be my penultimate penultimate post - if that make senses. This post will follow the same structure as my prior ramblings/drivel – injury update, something in the middle and then end on the important stuff (RNIB, event and donations).
No new injuries to report (not a typo) although my left knee still hurts from the pub (http://pete-tizard.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-runner-injury-and-knee.html) and my right ankle has not healed (http://pete-tizard.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/time-for-tapering-time-for-tapering.html - still wearing a support). However, I have picked up a pretty bad case of the man flu and have been steadily filling up carrier bags with my snotty tissues.
If you have met me (be shocked if you haven’t) you may have noticed my slight nervous mannerism which is when I am speaking to someone I occasionally rub the side of my face as if I am deep in thought (quite a few people have commented on this). I believe this was something I picked up from Star Wars as Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) used to rub his beard a lot in A New Hope (OMG I WANT THIS T-SHIRT - http://huntingcows.tumblr.com/post/7430833805/fear-the-beard-obi-wan-kenobi). The advantage with having a beard is that when someone at work (say a client) is saying something I have no idea about I can rub my beard (thus appearing wise) and say “hmm interesting”. However, the only down side (that I have discovered thus far) with having one is when your nose is constantly running it means a snail trail can often appears over your top lip. I can’t speak for the ladies but I imagine it is not a very attractive look. Anyway if you are thinking of growing a beard I just wanted to make you aware, although the food in the beard is a myth and mine is not itchy.
I was happy to catch a cold this weekend (obviously rather than next) and it has pretty much gone as today I have only filled out approximately a pick ‘n’ mix bag worth.
Currently I am in my tapering period but it turns out I am not doing this very well (3/10). Typically I do things to the extremes, for example initially overdoing it with my marathon training or having done no Spanish GCSE work (nada - exam next week) since the New Year. I took the tapering period to mean doing nothing which it kind of is but I have not been eating/drinking correctly. I met up with my buddy Adam (running/facial hair chap who I will be running beside on the day http://tashtag.wordpress.com/) who was telling me over a diet coke that he had been eating a lot of carbs (which stores energy) and had given up booze for the last few weeks until the marathon. I listened to this intently whilst sipping on my rum & coke.
I am not sure if you are aware but I did try to give up the booze after the New Year but lasted about 2 weeks. It wasn’t looking good after I decided a few days into it that I would allow myself a opt out clause which meant if I was in the Southampton Arms (“the best” pub in London + hipster friendly http://www.kentishtowner.co.uk/2013/03/22/southampton-arms-is-londons-1-hipster-joint/) I could have a drink. So I am now making the big sacrifice that I will not drink until the marathon (unless I am in Southampton Arms).
Next week, I intend to visit the gym at least twice to use the cross trainer. I will try to stretch every day as I keep waking up in the middle of the night with cramp. This is worrying as don’t want to be stiff on the day. I will be heading to the London Excel on the Wednesday to register my place – I am very excited.
I always find it difficult coming across heartfelt (like a robot) but I really want to make it clear that I am overwhelmed by the amount we have raised and want to thank everyone of you who has donated. It’s tremendously kind of you and I hope you realise you have done a great deed by donating. Hopefully we can keep raising more and more – https://www.justgiving.com/pete-tizard-london2012.
I still haven’t figured out the where the best place is for people to stand and come watch but here is the route http://www.virginlondonmarathon.com/interactive-map/ and my number is 45881. Please txt/email me if you are coming, let me know where you will be or I can potentially recommend a place. There might be a way of tracking me as well but haven’t researched this but will let you know when I do (probably on my next post or via fb or email).
Always end with a joke - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/12/gorilla-vs-goose-video_n_3067285.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular – please have a super week (ahh so close!).