Well, I havnt had the chance to blog much in the last month, but it has been as eventful as much of the rest of the year, including:
- Trip to A&E,
- Another exciting Ultra Relay,
- Half Marathon PB, by 10 minutes
- Debut as a guide run for a registered blind runner across a 26km route.
After finding some consistency and hitting my sub 40min 10k goal in the Paisely 10k I continued to find form and a day after running the ‘Hanglider vs Man’ 10k race I was surprised to hit another pb with 38:24 at the Cumbernaud 10k. Whilst much of the year had its ups and downs, now I was running strong, feeling great, and every run somehow got better and better. Two weeks later I found myself lining up for The Great Scottish run half marathon.
The atmosphere was amazing and Isatou was there to cheer me on up St Vincent St Hill, and again at 11km, to feed me much needed banana (I still need to learn how to fuel properly!). Approaching the home straight, turning in from the squinty bridge, I heard another running buddy, Gary, cheer my name from the side line and it gave my a giant push and I pounded home in a time of 1hr 23mins, a whooping 10 minutes quicker than Aloa Half Marathon earlier in the year. I had only just hit a sub 40 min 10k, and a couple of weeks later I was running 21k at that same pace. Delightful! I gues like many things, you plug and plug away and it desnt feel like you are making much progress and then something clicks and it all comes together and for a moment in time you are flying on cloud nine and all that hard work sails you through the foggy mist of pain, and a new rising sun shines light on a beautiful new day. something like that. Exhillerating!
A couple of weeks later I travelled for the Manchester Half marathon. I tried to replicate the runs leading up to The Great scottish run but I struggled, my legs were sluggish, my body heavy and then my suspected collapsed run from my Gambia runs returned, and I found everyday breathing difficult. More worryingly, it playd on my mind all through the week, and I considered not running.
At the start line, I had two options, you may have been there yourself…
- Take it easy. Guarantee a finish. Enjoy the crowds. Save it for anther day.
- Go for it. Push it. See what you can do. Risk not finishing. Take it on anyway!
My brain didnt decide, but my legs did. I ran the first 10k in another pb of 37:59, but I did have to slow up in the back 10. I just didnt have the legs. I finished respectfully a minute slower than GSR in 1h 24, and had the pleasure of two great old school buddies Liam & Stevo.
HoWEVER… on the finishing line I suffered a masive chest/lung cramp that put the shivers up me. This nw didnt feel safe.
The next day I decided to check out my lung with the doc. Strangely, I found the doc measuring my calf muscles, and learnt 2 strange things…..
- Most lung clots start in the calf muscles. Where 1 is larger than the other.
- I have one calf larger than the other!
Hold on…. before you get out the measuring tape and the doctors telephone number, apparently its quite normal
However, all things assessed I was sent straight to A&E with a suspected lung clot. Well, a lung scan, CAT scan, xray, blood tests and 5 hours later I leanrt a few other things:
- I dont have a lung clot.
- I am a healthy person and thats something I am truly grateful for. All “D-Dimers”? shwed no antinflamatry (despite running a Half the previus day!). Being in a hospital under any capacity, amoung other suffering patients has a way to remind you!
- I must be suffering from some awkward muscle tear, but no other advice to help me.
Well I jumped back on the horse and a week later I was running “3 big bloody hills”, leg 3 of the Jedburgh Ultra Relay, with an amazing bunch of friends that I can thank the MegaMeterRun for.
Two weeks later I had the privilage of running the prestigous Southside 6, and the honour of running it as a guide for a registered blind runner Jay ‘Cruz’ Semple.
To say guide running is a challenge, on a 26km street & park course with endless road crossings, curb crossings, park trail runs, roundabout crossings, winding forest paths, busy roads and multiple sets of stairs, might be an understatement. But what an honour. Could you imagine doing it blind? I
A few other great runs with MRF and #99 blessed with Isatou’s first ever 10k, means that the long and winding road is almost at an end.
Run 10k #100 planned for Sunday 27th November, 9:30am start at Glasgow Green (McLennan Arch), with a city centre finish. Why not join us? https://www.facebook.com/events/554317728107373/
So close to the £5,000 target, can you help us get there?
Thanks for reading, and being a part of this incredible journey!
Not wanting it to end…