I have been back and looked at my last post (September 2019) and wow so much has changed since.
Obviously the fact we are all in lockdown is one thing that we are all dealing with.
Then there is the fact that mass participation events, including running ones, are all on stop. London Marathon may or may not happen in October (personally I think not) 5 and 10Ks all being postponed and then often postponed or cancelled until next year. It seems likely that it will be 2021 before we see any large races again.
In the meantime virtual is the way forward.
Well we tried some more running in September and clearly it was too soon.
Sorry for not updating the blog, but I was focused on improving knee strength and blog took a back seat.
More physio was needed and then some weekly circuits type classes for knee strengthening. My measure of progress is how easily I can get up off the floor and how quickly I can come downstairs in the morning.
Through the end of 2019 I continued to work and support other runners, at Cardiff 10K and Cardiff Half. Hosting at Poppy Run for the Royal British Legion. And in Movember hosting MoRun at Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham and Nottingham, at Batman's house no less, Wollaton Park.
As always these are my favourite races as the link to mens health both physical and mental is very close to me.
Into 2020 and battling the storms we managed to attend the slightly delayed Llanelli Half, and The Winter Warmer runs. The weather took its toll on the St Days Day Run....and then the virus arrived!
As someone who is close to the organisation of many races we were watching what was happening and we all hoped that things would be getting back to 'normal' as the year went on, but that looks unlikely now. Even if mass gatherings are allowed, who will come? People are wanting to do things but very cautious, and rightly so.
There has been a number of virtual events, plus the 2.6 challenge, set up to allow people to use their time, in lockdown, productively.
I wondered what I would be able to do.
Please remember, even though I have been at more running events than I can even remember over the past 20 plus years, I have not actually completed a race of my own for more than 25 years....probably longer.
My good friends at Fix Events (MoRun) launched a Miles for Mates, virtual race, Being physically active is great for your mental health, and now more than ever it is important to check in with your friends and family. We have all been dealing with Covid-19 in our own way, and nobody had the rules on how to deal with things.
So for my challenge, I chose to do the 5K. I baselined with a steady walk 47.56 and today improved to 42.49. Let's see what we can achieve as the month goes on.
You can be part of Movember Miles for Mates - HERE
Or if you fancy just trying to get me below 40:00 come and 'run' with me.
After 24 years of helping others to achieve their running goals - it is now my time.