17 days after the Great North Run

Left leg still not working. Very sore whenever I put weight on it after sat or lying down for a considerable amount of time.
OK the awesome Scout trainee leader camp last weekend didn’t help as much, nor did it help pitching my tent at the highest point up a big hill and the foot of the hill was our Scout Base – meaning going up and down that thing 10 times a day. PLUS the trekking whilst searching for fire wood and the various activities I did.
I really miss running, even Angela went for a run on Monday! Wanted to go for a swim last night but one of my customers had IT issues so I had to pop by his on the way home.
I really hope this pain goes away soon. It was about this bad before the GNR and then I made it worse. So I’m hoping in a couple of weeks it’s ok enough to do some light runs. It will be strange running for just fitness and enjoyment reasons, not for a huge challenge.
Part of me is wanting to do more challenges next year, part of me is waking up saying “You’re broken already!”. PLUS Angela will NEVER allow me to do Five Challenges again for the foreseeable future. We’ll see!

10 days after GNR

Well the legs are a lot easier to walk on but are still pretty sore. I went for a swim last night which went really well, 100 lengths in an hour which is equalling my best pace. My fitness was a little lower than normal but that was expected. I still pushed hard and only gave myself one rest at 50 lengths. The pool water at Horwich Leisure Centre seems much cooler than I remember. I wonder if this is because of my 1,000 lengths overheating episode resulting in A&E via ambulance. Who knows?

I have put in about 10lbs in weight and I can feel it and see it in my face! This is because of not being able to go for a run so I think swimming twice a week whilst the leg repairs should do the trick as thankfully the leg doesn’t hurt much when I swim. I have taken on WAY to many calories lately including Saturday’s 13 pint fest with my top mate Jonathan Turnbull (Tough Mudder teammate) although that was training for the Germany Stag do in two weeks haha!

Two mini runs with Amanda

So Amanda, my awesome friend and parent guru who I’ve known for 16 years has started running and when I told her on Wednesday I was thinking of going for a run she asked if she could join me. As she was new to running she only wanted to do a small distance which was great for me as my legs were still sore from Tuesday’s run. So we did around 6 miles which went to the end of lower Rivington reservoir and came back on ourselves through the paths that cover the roads.

It was really good having the company and chat all the way round, even though she did accidentally punch me in the leg! My fault.

Then Friday we power-walked it from her house to the Pike castle in Rivington then ran back through the fast downhill paths to Rivington and Blackrod High School.

Amanda said she really enjoyed the runs, especially Wednesday’s and was impressed with how far she went and how much she enjoyed it! Great! I think she’s got the running bug and promised to join me more!

A did a mini run on Sunday – Left my car in the middle of Horwich on the Saturday (football beers) and came back for it this Sunday morning, I decided on the way to collect it I’ll do a short run so I got on my running gear. Just before I got to the car I crossed a runner and did the old ‘I don’t know you but hello’ and then a little distance later got in car and drove it home. Then I got out and saw the runner coming down my road so I got out quickly and went to run towards the runner, crossed again and did the old ‘hello’ again…. His confused face…. HOW DID HE GET HERE SO FAST?

So 1 decent run Tuesday, 2 great mini runs with Amanda on Wednesday and Friday then a very small one on Sunday. My legs are a bit sore today but it’s more ligament than muscular pain including my left ankle. I’m hoping it will clear in time for tomorrow’s run, hoping to push 10 miles but won’t attempt over half that if the legs are still bad.

Wrist support for sprain

Where this sprain has come from I have no idea. It was pretty sore last week but the pain went away before the end of the week. Now it’s here to stay and I could feel it through everything such as holding a cup of tea, changing gear etc.

So I bought one of these support braces for £18 and it seems to be doing the job. I don’t feel the pain as much so I hope this will allow my hand to rest and repair.

I don’t know – my body is just falling apart at the moment 😦

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Coast to Coast to Coast Posts

Below are the Coast to Coast to Coast posts which gives you an easier way of selecting each entry:

Legend brother strikes again!!!

Saturday 28th June
Day One of Coast to Coast – Bike
St Bees to Kirkby Stephen via Whitehaven, Keswick & Penrith (88 miles)

Sunday 29th June
Day Two of Coast to Coast – Bike
Kirkby Stephen to Ingleby Cross (57 miles)

Monday 30th June
Day Three of Coast to Coast – Bike
Ingleby Cross to Robin Hoods Bay (39 miles)

Tuesday 1st July
Day Four of Coast to Coast – Run
Robin Hoods Bay to Ingleby Cross (39 miles)

Wednesday 2nd July
Day Five of Coast to Coast – Run
Ingleby Cross to Richmond (23 miles)

Thursday 3rd July
Day Six of Coast to Coast – Run
Richmond to Kirkby Stephen (38 miles)

Friday 4th July
Day Seven of Coast to Coast – Run
Kirkby Stephen to Keswick (43 miles)

Saturday 5th July
Day Eight of Coast to Coast – Run
Keswick to St Bees (30 miles)

Boss being top with swimming banner and transportation

So the boss has been top with things recently. He’s paying for a banner which I can use at the pools I’m training and doing my event at for the 1,000 lengths swim. Also, this Sunday for the 600 lengths it’ll take me longer than the opening hours of any pool in Bolton. So the only option is Manchester Aquatics Centre. To get there though on Sunday the first train is 9am so I’d be getting there for 10. The boss has offered to pick me up at 6:30am and get me there for 7am when it opens. Get in! Very commendable of him!