Last 18 months have been a constant struggle with my depression and my running has been compromised.
January this year I had entered the Dopey Challenge (5k, 10k, half and full on consecutive days) in Disney, Florida. Unfortunately plans went array when Darrell, youngest son, found out his passing out parade for the police was on the day I was due to fly out. I was able to swap to the Goofy Challenge which is "just" the half and the full !! I'd had very limited training but these were never meant to races and the experience was brilliant.
On April 23rd Darrell got married to the lovely Crystal, the day was brilliant. Hannah, step daughter, gets married on July 23rd and I have been asked to walk her down the aisle. I was quite emotional when she asked as I never really expected to be asked - it will be a hard day for both Hannah and Liz as memories of Hannah's late father will obviously be near the surface.
My Dad turned 90 in April, just before the Queen. I'm so lucky to still have both parents with Mum turning 90 in December. Mum has been waiting for a replacement hip for 18 months and has been in real pain but finally got her new hip in May - she shared her little ward with the actress Miriam Margoyles (Professor Sprout in Harry Potter if that helps) who kept the ward amused. Incredibly Mum was discharged on her 3rd day post surgery because she was recovering so well - they had said to expect her to stay in for 7 days. She now looks 10 years younger as the pain has.
I managed to get back to running in May and completed, with difficulty, a half marathon distance at the Top GRun event. These are events based on films that have a maximum duration of 6 hrs and you can run as many 3.2 mile laps up and down the tow path at Walton on Thames as you want to. Last Sunday saw me do the Phone Home event (ET) in which I wanted to run a strong half, tick 2hrs, but at this point lapped a friend who was trying to run her first marathon distance so I ran/walked with her. In the end, instead of 20 miles, I ran an unplanned marathon in 4:55:46 !!
Moving forward I plan to run the Kent Coyote marathon in September to try and get a GFA time of 3:45 for may new age group that I reach in January. Then in November, as a pre-birthday treat, I'm off to run the New York marathon - there will no time targets as like Disney this is one to enjoy and take in the atmosphere.
Have to say it seems amazing that it will be 10 years next year since I met up with Mick in Toronto.
Graham well done on the medal winning performance.
Ceal, true but most of the miles are slow. I've been reading Matt Fitzgerald's 80/20 book and think I'll follow the theory. Also thinking about finding an online coach, looking at Nick Anderson's Run with Us at the moment which might also help reduce the over training risk.
Work has been getting in the way a bit, I know I shouldn't but been doing unpaid overtime - just can't face the backlog I'd have - unfortunately with such a clear cut election result I fear our service will come under even more pressure at a time when child protection is so high profile.
Having said that in the eight weeks since I went away I have averaged just over 30 mile a week so that's good. Also booked up for another week in Portugal next March.
Last week I used Parkrun as the last third of 10m run. Timed so that I arrived exactly on 6 miles and as the briefing started - sheer fluke. Went out hard for first half (11:38), turned and came back in 14 mins against a very strong "breeze".
Monday I "treated" myself to a Yasso 800 session, target marathon time 3:45 therefore pace for the 800's 7:30 - can't be hard can it? I managed the five of them but failed with the pacing which was between 7:15 - 7;20, not sure if that's good or bad.
For today's Parkrun I was fresh, compared to last week, and the "breeze" was slightly less. Went out in 11:23 and came back in 12:11 for 23:34, fastest 5K for about 16 mths
Impey sorry to hear about your friend, what a shock.
John, what a nuisance but it seems us highly trained athletes are so finely tuned that we do ping from time to time; hope heals up quickly. i haven't had chance to congratulate on your Parkrun achievement.
Mick good news about the all clear and the 3 days of 5k.
Graham you've done really well in those relays, they seem to add hills in just for you
If I haven't missed you Ceal hope you have a great holiday, sounds like TS did (except for his phone, a blessing in disguise perhaps).