January.

January wasn’t the greatest month of all time. It started and almost ended within the same breath. On New Years Day, I ran to and from both parkrun’s and clocked up just under 16 miles. A few days later, I ran the usual parkrun and everything still felt ok but out of no where, my foot felt like it had been broken. I struggled to walk properly and took to Dr Google to workout what was wrong. (Dr Google is not the best Dr in the world) I learnt within a few minutes it could be one of several things such as;

  • Stress fracture
  • Broken foot
  • Tendon issues
  • The list could go on….

Rest, seek professional advice and the possibility of having my foot chopped off were the main points I took from Dr Google. After a few more days I sought the opinion of a Pro, he referred me for an x-ray which eventually came back clear.

I eventually was put it touch with Steve a podiatrist by a fellow Instagrammer. Steve was incredible helpful and answered all of my questions and explained my issue in layman terms several times!

I still don’t fully understand it but Steve knocked up some temporary insole adjustments and since then the foot feels fine. The only issue I had was with a blister starting to develop but after a quick call to Steve, he told me where the blister was before I had chance and he said it was fine. I popped back to see him and he reinforced them. Few runs in and all is looking good.

The main thing I have learnt by loosing three weeks of running is;

  • I bloody love it
  • I really enjoy swimming and need to keep it up
    Honestly, I love Zwift!!
  • Zwift is great fun and more exciting than riding on the road. This is mainly down to my competitive nature!

The cross training needs to continue, I need to learn to love stretching as much as I love running and most importantly Manchester, I am coming for you. I had a minor blip of my usual positivity recently and I started to question myself about if I could achieve my marathon dreams but this was quickly knocked for six, thanks to some brilliant pep talks!

I recently asked the world of Instagram the following question…

What’s the most importantly lesson you have learnt from a running event?

Don’t set off too fast!

@mikedrover

Don’t follow the person in front too closely in case they suddenly stop!

@belly_buster_bjd

Your mind needs to be stronger than your body

@emmylou1983

Don’t take energy drink AND energy gels during a marathon, take one or the other

@stephen_begins_to_run

The state of your mind is as important as the state of your body

@2019keentobelean

 

Stick to the fuelling plan!

@georgie_two_brews

Don’t ste off to fast

@jons_running_life

 

Don’t take ibuprofen before a marathon!

@adam26.2

 

That belief in the head counts for more than strength in the legs.

@chris_x_runs

 

Don’t start at the front!

@mattruns18

 

Pacing is everything!

@kinseysixx

Never trust an event with “Challenge” in the name. Over a mile at 15% incline!

@lizzyibbetsonb

 

Pace yourself and fuel up.

@john_harper_1974

 

To look at the ground for the first mile for bottles that people throw! Nobody wants a broken ankle…

@gracekeegan1

 

Your mindset is everything.

@jecks30for30

You can’t cheat a marathon.

@this_man_runs

What else would you add to this? I am 100% behind, “You can’t cheat a marathon” but I am sure there are plenty of more than could be added.

Swim Time!

February is a new month, with new challenges but also new opportunities

to succeed. January is done now and there is nothing I can do to change what happened. I do need to work hard but more importantly work smart. I cant afford to miss any more time…..

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30 year old father of two and a half kids who went from half arsed running to trying to run a marathon. Completed the #1000milesin2018 for Parkinson's UK.

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