Posted: 03/04/2013 at 08:14
Well done on making the right decision. You always know that you've made the right choice when the moment you make it, you feel a weight has been lifted. I think part of the reason is that you can stop focusing all your energy on the 'shall I, shan't I?' question and channel it into the important matter of getting back in your trainers, setting new goals and so on. It sort of 'closes a door' but also allows you to move on to open some new ones. (Hmmm, not sure that is my most eloquent - better watch out or RW will be giving you my column)
I'm doing a talk tonight about last-minute marathon prep, and one of the things I'm going to point out is that the runners WILL go through a bad patch in the marathon, at some point. It's not a given, but it's almost certain and I've found that accepting this at the outset really helps. When it arrives, you can just 'greet it' 'oh right, here's that bad patch...' - do what you can to help it pass (head up, relax, check you are fuelled up, check pace) and then be confident that it will. And I was thinking that the same holds true for you coming to Paris. There will be difficult moments for you but that is only natural and it won't detract from, or spoil, the whole experience.
It's been an absolute pleasure to work with you Steve - to see you progress in great leaps and bounds and feel your enthusiasm grow and grow. I am convinced you will be back running not long from now (by the way, one of my Rye Runners who is coming to run Paris this year had an arthroscopy last august and is now fitter than ever. He's 62!) Keep us posted of how it all goes once this project is over, won't you? Anyway, see you at St Pancras on Friday!