Stroke Man to Marathon Man

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Stroke Man to Marathon Man

2004, June: At 42 had a stroke which left me unable to walk for several days never mind run. 3 months recovery followed before weight loss (3 stone) and gym training commenced.

2005, April ran my first ever 10K race, the Beverley 10K.

2005, October, Ran the Bridlington Half in 1 hour 50 minutes and raised £1350 for charity in the process.

2006, Half a dozen 10 K's plus the Humber Bridge and Brid Half's

2007, 10 K's, Halfs, East Hull '20' and the Flora London Marathon in 4 hours 28 minutes raising £5000 for Stroke Charities and proving that there is "Life after Stroke".

2008, rejected by the FLM ballot I trained for and ran the Edinburgh Marathon (May) in 4 hours 35 minutes, a fantastic result given that i injured my Achilles in February.

My injury means my running career has ground to a halt and half the 3 stone has piled back on because my stomach doesn't have a full meter. If I don't get going again soon, I doubt I can get fit enough to run FLM 09 even if I get through the ballot.

September 2008: But thats not my real worry, its my health. If I don't do something about my continuing decline I may end up back in Ward 110 as a patient rather than raising money for them. By 'baring my soul' on the tinternet I am hoping it will force me to face my demons and kick start a reversal? I am still injured but if I can get the weight back off without the running I hope i can get my fitness back so much quicker when i do..........may have to go back to fat club (again!).

 

 

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My last post ever...............

Good luck to friends old and new and all the very best to everyone running on Sunday, I hope you know how lucky you are! The many who didn't get in or like me are injured and deferred wish we were there with you! Its time to start a fresh for me and aft...

Gutted, Runner 4439 won't be ...

I still haven't got around to defering yet and it came back to haunt me big style on Friday. My registration pack arrived complete with red laces and registration form & running number. The last race I ran was a marathon (sounds impressive)...10 mon...

Fund Raising Idea?

Not a new one, but timely with Easter 4 weeks away? Buy a fancy (Thorntons?) Easter egg for say £15-20 and sell "squares" £1 a go? Sell 100 squares for £75 - 80 profit? Hope the training is going well? Ruddy  

Time to defer before I forget!

I am still around (a few insulting comments on a few of your blogs will confirm that) and I now have a blog now in the "Health & Fitness" section. A lot of tumble weed around that blog section and the odd, mad Geordie (Andaz). Can anyone help me? I ...

Stretch & Sauna

Thank you to Kevin for pointing out my Satan spelling mistake on my last blog, I think the rest of you just didn't bother because you know what my spelling is like?! Satan or Satin, the women was a she devil! She Devil (aka Lesley my fizzio), also said ...

Battered & Bruised

I had my second appointment with my new fizzio today. Lovely Lesley, fine women. Add up all the pain I have ever had from all the fizzio's I have ever seen together and they don't come close to the pain caused by lovely Lesley's thumbs. The women is sat...

Need one more

I am in the depths of a chronic achilles injury and havn't run for god knows how many months, but I need one more (preferably VLM2010). Just watched the "spirit of the marathon" film trailer again (youtube it) You will know what I mean. Gotta go to bed....

If I blog it I will do it? We...

I did 45 mins gym work on Monday (15 mins x bike, rower & x-trainer) as a start and that was okay. The output was a bit own on pre fatty fitness but not too bad. I usually go ta gym at lunchtime and then its done. I am off at 4.30 today and really c...

I was sort of okay till I tri...

A belated happy New Year bloggy land! Last night we finished off the last of the gin, Carolan's and egg nog, so it must be time to return to work today? I was sort of okay with it (been off since the 23rd) right up to the point when I tried them pants o...

All I want for Christmas is a...

Merry Christmas to bloggy pals old and new. I heard on the news today that the local Police have cancelled at short notice the running of the East Hull Harriers Boxing day 10K because of safety concerns..... its been running for 44 years, what happened ...

Getting Fatter by the day (bu...

For the last couple of weeks I have wallowed deeply in my own self pity but I have at least been good enough to not bore you with it? Today was my first appointment with a new fizzio, arranged after I last saw my surgeon bod on the 24thNovember. I went ...

Retired Runner Seeks Pastures...

Sunday morning I hacked off my pot with a hacksaw so that I could be lifeguard at Katies 5th Birthday swim party - which went really well, despite the cold weather and snow around (it was indoors!!). The ankle was stiff and sore and weak after its incar...

Wankers at realbuzz

What were they thinking off? Can't be arsed to blog! WHY DO THEY FIX SOMETHING THAT IS NOT BROKEN!

A Good Night?

Its only half time but England are winning 1-0 at half time v Germany and because the football is on, no "I'm not a celeb get me outta here" tonight - quality! Is Trevor L in Germany tonight, my bet is he will be? 45 minute gym sessio...

P.S. to last nights blog

I was forced off the computer early last night by a women who was 41 last week, so I wrapped up the blog a bit early (Thank God I hear you say? Well sod off to another blog I say!) More than any races I might run next year,I am really...

One week to go.........

till the pot comes off, well 6 days actually. Its my Katies 5th Birthday party next Sunday (swimming) and I will be playing lifeguard, so I am hacking it off myself Sunday morning. Well I haven't blogged for two weeks and as anyone se...

Gutter where are you?

Think I'm in it already? Why should I feel so guilty about fooooood. Not sure I will make fat club tomorrow night as I think I might weigh more than when I started. After a weight gaining anniversary week I missed fatclub ...

Fat Club

Despite the picture on my earlier blog, several of you buggers wouldn't let me forget. I put on 4 stone alright? Happy now? Really wasn't looking forward to going as you know, but was going to go.........My younger brother Neil is a p...

The lights go out...........

and the ground frost comes in. Its amazing how nature knows its winter, the second night after the clocks went back and our first ground frost of the season this morning. Mixed day yesterday, Happy 18th Wedding Anniversary but sad as ...

Expect Carnage

As I type Hull City are 3-0 up at West Brom and in Dreamland (joint top of the premiership tonight) I did another 45 minute weights session yesterday but quickly realized the arms and shoulders were still sore from the previous two da...

Going to have to be good this...

Just got back from another 45 minute session on the weights. Definitely getting into it and will be incorporating some sessions when I get back into running training. Mixed it slightly today by doing heavier weights and less reps, me shoulders ar...

Fajitas & Wine

Whats a bloke to do after fat club? Busy day at work but worked most of my dinner and left at 5 and did an hour in the gym. My arms and shoulders felt like jelly afterwards and I couldn't have lifted a kitten afterwards. F...

One legged training and annoy...

I think we have all done it at some point? Forgotton something for training, towel? Shower gel? Motivation etc. Today I forgot my trainer, yes I only need one but I forgot that! 50 minutes of weights at lunch time. I have never really...