Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Keep on Running... Training Run 20

Distance: 7. 2 miles
Time: I hr 8 mins
Area covered: Shepherd's Bush - around Brook Green - Shepherd's Bush - Marble Arch - Shepherd's Bush
Weather: Cool and dry again. 
Playlist: Lady Gaga - Hercules and Love Affair - Barry White (nobody gets it right, like Barry White) - Desmond & The Tutus - The Go! Team - Jennifer Hudson - Bloc Party - Passion Pit - The Clash - Yeah Yeah Yeahs (A-Trak Remix of Heads Will Roll) - Kings of Leon - Talking Heads - Toots & the Maytals - Empire of the Sun - Black Kids and the brilliant Miike Snow saw my sprint(ish) home.
Comments: Yesterday I nearly decided to give up on my half marathon training. On Saturday yet another run ended in pain (and tears) and after discussing with my sportiest of friends I was advised that it may be time to recognise that the pain of my delicate ITB isn't really worth it. My mother also reminded me of what a knee specialist told me when he diagnosed the problem; keep running without managing this and you'll eventually need surgery. However I wanted to try one more run, to cover a few more kilometres, maybe miles, before I threw in the towel. It turns out this potential last run was one of the best I've done yet, the pain was manageable and I even, dun dun duh, enjoyed it. As I ran I also remembered something. I am also doing this run for charidee; I am running for Royal Marsden Cancer hospitals, a cause that was invaluable to my co-runner best friend's uncle who fought a long, painful fight with liver cancer. 
Just three days ago I found out that a girl in my social circle is to undergo open heart surgery this week after a (hopefully benign) tumour was found in one of her aortas. If that wasn't a healthy dose of reality and perspective I don't know what is. So in short, even if I have to walk the 13.1 miles of Reading Half Marathon, I will do so knowing that I'm fluffing lucky to be alive and walking on that day.
Updated 23.02.2011: I forgot to mention that Operation Bust-a-Blister has been greatly assisted by Paul and Jim who commented on my last Training Run update to say that Compeed plasters were a runner's best friend when it came to blisters. I'm happy to say they were right (though I've still needed to fabric strip my foot up to keep them in place when I run) so tonight I'm off to buy Westfield Boots' entire stock (and quite possibly shares in the company too).

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