Posted: 20/10/2014 at 09:36
Ow do fellas (and joolska and CC2 )
Yep, still alive as you can see, although not sure I quite feel alive this morning! Firstly a quick explanation of my absence for the last 6 months or so. I got made redundant in April, and also lost my company car and all IT stuff. So I haven't got a PC anymore. The SPO has got a laptop but I hardly get chance to get on there as she uses it for all her work stuff. I'm actually on the computer at the local library now! I have got a phone but it's only one model up from the one Alexander Graham-Bell invented, so it's shite for web stuff. And texting. And ringing people actually. **makes mental note - must buy a new phone**
Anyway, since the redundancy I've been working at Sweatshop in Meadowhall (Sheffield) selling over-priced shoes to fat women. I would say it pays the bills but it doesn't! Always a temporary thing though, as I've used my redundancy money (and the money I got from selling my old flat) to buy a little Village Shop/Deli type thing in the Lakes. Little village called Lorton, just the other side of Keswick. It's being sorted now, so hope to be there soon. Plan is to keep the shop thing and also have a little Tea Garden etc. We won't make a fortune but I don't care TBH. Just as long as we make enough to live. I'm still the most unmaterialistic person ever, still haven't got a TV, walk/run everywhere etc. So we won't need to make much money to keep up our frugal lifestyle!!
Running is going well. I ran 2'51 at VLM and then 2'53 at the Flanders Night Marathon with Lord Dids, njord and Caz. So I was in decent nick and had a pretty big base to go off. Struggled a bit in July/Aug with the recurrent achilles niggle, but spent a LONG time videoing myself on the treddie at work to try and work out what was happening. I've pissed about for ages trying to land more forefoot, quicken cadence, wearing more minimal shoes, eating Tofu, burning Catholics etc. all to no avail. So I binned all that off, cooked myself a nice Rib-Eye and reverted to my 'bandy legged, lumbering oaf' style. It's a truly special 'technique'.....
Anyway, after much self-analysis on the video I went back to wearing clompy support shoes for training, and DS Racers for racing. I over-pronate a fair bit, so got some bricks. I know virtually everybody else on here does the exact opposite to this, but racing flats and more lightweight shoes just aren't for me. They destroy my achilles, whereas a Kayano or similar don't. The DS Racers are pretty good support-wise too, and are less than 200g so sorted really (I wore these yesterday with no problems). And in training – well I don’t care how light or heacvy my shoes are really.
So, once I'd sorted the shoes I just cracked on. I had a pretty much pain-free 6 week block where I trained my bo11ocks off (technical term that) and got myself into fine fetlle.