Posted: 16/12/2013 at 09:27
Lovely to see names I know still here.
So where've I been? After a fine "run" on the SLMM last July, hip issues prevented running and discouragement got the upper hand. With a long planned demi-tour (walking) of Mont Blanc with family planned for September, priority centred on keeping walking, with doing stretches of the Ouse Valley Way at weekends with the Mr. keeping up time on feet. Mont Blanc went mostly well, but I returned to a very stressful final term at work, with partial retirement at the end of the month a glimmer of hope to aim for. Hip remains a problem, in addition, a new broom in the neuro department means a change (withdrawal) of useful meds, so the last three months have been three parts walking seven parts staggering. Seemed a completely unrealistic dream to run.
Two things evicted me from my couch of despair. One was an e-mail from Tinebeest, my SLMM partner, linking to her running blog, and confirming that she was keeping the SLMM dates free. The other, on the same day, was the announcement that the entries for the SLMM were open.
Trumpets and warhorses. Reunited with my (uncharacteristically dry) trainers, fuelled by mud and hope, we're off again. It's a long way to the start line and I'll be hugely chuffed just to get there, forget about finishing. But you can't imagine how good it is to be out there, headbutting a wind which keeps throwing damp stuff in my face, re-conquering old paths.
What: 4 miles.
Aims: keep going (achieved), avoid aggravating hip (I think so), have a good experience (definitely!).