Well I said I would take a hard earned rest form running, and I definitely have. The day after London I came down with one of those post marathon mystery cold bugs, so the chances of getting out there for a gentle bimble were well off the cards anyhow.
Still I've used the opportunity to get some housework in order, catch up with some work and have played a couple of rounds of golf. My hip seems to be well on the mend too, so I ventured out yesterday for a quickie (phnarr phnarr) round the Townmoor at the Newcastle Parkrun. I was at work, so it was literally a turn up, run, then dash back off to the next call, but I wore plenty of orange for the Lucozade sponsored event, and bagged myself a canny techie tshirt at the finish :D
The aim was just to get round, test out the old legs and see how the hip was. I wore my sparkly new racers (as I think there's a problem with my Asaics trainers) and the legs were fine. Set off at a steady pace, nowt too taxing, and was pleasantly surprised by a 23:15 finishing time - perhaps that's the key to success - just turn up, don't expect any kind of time, and run how you feel?
I am going to have to make some kind of effort from Tuesday onwards though, as I only have six weeks to go till the Redcar Half Marathon. I've done some great times in training this year, so hopefully that'll translate to a decent enough time on the day. Though to be honest, so long as I don't finish looking like I did at London I'll be a happy chappie.
Talking of which...
How's this: Picture someone in a world of hurt :S
No wonder it took me so bloody long to do the last 3 mile.
For more piccies of me looking like I'm gonna keel over, and some decent ones of the other Jarrow & Hebburn AC runners, check out this link: link to FB London Marathon piccies