Eye of the tiger, Simply the best, Gonna fly now. Very sad but great for a run, especially if there is someone to beat (they might not be racing me though - I managed to catch someone 400m ahead the other day when Simply the best came on and I successfully overtook the 80 year old man walking his dog!)
When running in the New Forest Marathon a huge stag jumped out of the hedges and came charging towards me. My legs were shot and although my mind was thinking get out the way my legs just didn't get the message! Luckily the stag wasn't attacking me and stopped sharply about 8ft away darting back into the the forest.
The only other strange sighting (but not that pleasant) was when standing along the finishing straight of the Drogo 10. A chunky chap in his 50s was giving speeding up for a sprint finish, however his very worn shorts had ridden up to his hips on one side and his lunchbox hadn't been well packed! His meat and veg were all hanging out. All his team mates waiting at the side began cheering loudly to which he really started sprinting resulting in a considerable increase in swingage and a noticable slapping sound (sorry if a bit too graphic!). I can only imagine the pain of a red raw inner thigh and the embarassment at the finish line (the only x-rated run I have been to).
In the past I have stuggled with ITB. Not knowing what it was I just had time off of running. I have had about 8 weeks of running without problems and have just increased my maximum run to 16k (probably increased too quickly). Aiming for my second 16k session today I ended up limping after 10k and have hardly been able to walk for the rest of the day. I really want to complete a half marathon that I have entered in three weeks time but my ultimate goal is a very hilly marathon in June. Do I have any chance of taking part in the half marathon in three weeks and what should I do to help the injury? Is it worth trying barefoot running? Are there any weight lifting exercises that could help?