With Love From Me To You

Posted on: 23 Mar 2014

This is not the blog entry that I intended to post. That is (hopefully) on my work PC and can wait for another today – instead I give you something (completely) different.

So why should anyone be posting a link to their youtube channel on a running blog? To date my journey from couch potato to performance athlete and potential marathon finisher in a little over a year had been a (relative) doddle. But what about the parallel journey from couch potato to highly motivated charity fund-raiser? If there were ever any moments of doubt on this “project” that was where they were to be found. Yes there were a few dark moments there – how the %&$£ am I ever going to raise the £2000 stupidly pledged?

But if you have been following this blog, you may know that music has played a key role in my being able to achieve that goal, and today I am inspired to record a new youtube offering. So this is my gift, from me to you, to everyone that has supported me, whether on www.realbuzz.com , or on www.keithsmarathondream.co.uk, to everyone that has donated or otherwise helped in any way, but most of all to all other (marathonly speaking) virgin virgins. Visualise. When we hit that thirteen mile mark on April 13th we will be well and truly HOMEWARD BOUND.

Well, while I'm here guess I should report on today's long run. For once I remembered some of the good advice available on RealBuzz, decided to forego the promise of a reward fry-up at the “Sailors Return” and instead go for a dress rehearsal. So dress rehearse I did, not just in terms of dress, but also breakfast, bathroom visit, start time, and refuelling strategy. However, I am not expecting to spend the morning of April 13th:

1) Catching up with a week's washing up

2) Catching up with a month's ironing

Nick and Phoebe had requested two and a half hours this morning, the first hour and a half at easy pace, with the option to speed up for the last hour if feeling good. But I find my easy trot is now a lot faster than it ever used to be and before I knew it I was close to four hour marathon pace, and after one and a half hours I was indeed just inside four hour pace. But (of course) I still took the option to speed up.

My on-board computer calculated that if I headed towards Portland, and turned around at the cafe on the causeway, this would get me home pretty well on cue. So I duly turned around at the cafe, straight into the stiffest of stiff breezes, so it was as much as I could do to keep moving forward back along the causeway and over the bridge. But eventually I struck for home along the course of the disused railway.

This is a steady uphill drag, but at least the wind would be behind me (or so I thought). But as I headed through the railway cutting, the wind was funnelling through, and still straight in my face. Fifteen minutes – keep going – ten minutes keep going – up the steep path back to street level – five minutes – KEEP GOING – and then the final (downhill) sprint and home.

For the record the run was about 27km (16ish) miles, in 2:31:24, average 5:36 mins / km. So what to make of it? Bath half empty – I didn't expect to feel so bad at the end of an “easy” run (but then who's choice was it to go too fast?): Bath half full – getting towards three / quarter distance, with some tough conditions, and still inside four hour pace.

Oh, and while I'm about it today's “well up” moment (this was supposed to be a quick blog entry!). Watching the Sport Relief mile and suddenly music started playing in my head – der-der der-der der der-der-der derrrrrrr (apparently it's the theme from The Trap). And I was off again :-)

 Keith

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