8 miles, 8 months

Posted: 30th April 2015 by mockjogger in Inspiration, Medical
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In the movies, when a story is running thin they start it over and call it a reboot. Well, here in real life, I am going to do just that.

I have been off the grid for so long I can hardly remember what it’s like to line up at the start of a race, gaze wistfully down the course and wonder if today is going to be PB kind of day. It’s nearly a year, a YEAR, since I PBd a half marathon at Dundee. I remember thinking at the time “that’s a good step forward, when is the next marathon?”.

So what happened? I haven’t lost my running mojo. I just keep getting stymied by events and injuries. I wish these things could just get together and decide to do what they have to do AT THE SAME TIME, rather than act as a relay concert. Work busy-ness peaks and hands off to stomach muscle tear. Several visits to the physio later, stomach muscle tear finally abates enough to let me get out there, only for work-busyness to appear from know where and pick up the baton again. Then, just when the end is in sight and finally I start a week where three runs are a possibility, I get a pain in the calf. It’s not really the calf, it’s actually the achilles, but I’m pretending it’s the calf.

And that is where I am today.

This sorry succession of excuses has left me with nothing worth writing about. Really, this is the most interesting thing going on right now, so you see what I mean.

So, reboot. I have nothing on my race calendar. Apart from the Edinburgh Marathon which I entered in a blaze of optimism after the race last year. And, as I have not run more than 8 miles at one time since going on for 8 months, that’s a non starter. The organiser’s of the Edinburgh Marathon are as about as flexible as an iron stick when it comes to switching races, so my grand plan of switching from the marathon to the 100 metres and building back up from there is not going to happen either.

No plan, but as a great philosopher once said “you can do anything you put your mind to, man”. I just need to put my mind to it. And get some new legs.

8 mile

  1. TartanJogger says:

    Oh, I feel your pain- my past year has been very similar, and I’ve just withdrawn from the Mull of Kintyre half. I’ve started again- slowly- this week, trying to keep the old achilles niggle in check. Take it easy!

  2. Steve says:

    Oh man, I picked up your blog around this time last year found it to be both entertaining and informative, I’m sorry to hear that about the Edinburgh Marathon. I too had a bit of a busy time from November (After my Mo-Run) until about 4 weeks ago when I managed to get out for a few miles every other night, I had already signed up for the Edinburgh 10mile and although I thought I wasn’t as prepared as I was last year I beat my time by 10 minutes!
    I don’t know what my point is… Probably the same as yours, “you can do anything you put your mind to”

    • mockjogger says:

      Thanks Steve. I missed the Mo-run last year, and the 2014 race still owns my 10k record. Nice result in the Great Edinburgh run. That is a real beauty of a course. I just wish they would add a loop of Holyrood Park at the end, and you would have a classic city centre half marathon right there.

  3. juliaL49 says:

    Yay, reboots! (this kind, not the movie kind)

    As for your EMF entry – is it not possible to defer your place to next year?

    • mockjogger says:

      Greetings 🙂 Hell no, the EMF organisers are … rigid. No deferring, no switching allowed. Probably no speaking during the race. Although it occurs to me that if you line up with a marathon entry and abort at the half way point, what are they going to do, refuse a T shirt?