My Daughter, Lucy (the one on the right in this picture with her chum Paula someone who is always getting into other people’s photos) got me into running. However, until 3 years ago my daughter was unable to participate in any sport that didn’t have hair-dryer sockets. Then it all changed when she did her first road run in which a truck was to be driven alongside her carrying a generator and six strapping lads pointing hairdryers at her - BUT owing to the fact that she had not looked at the publicity properly, it turned out to be a cross-country run through heavy rain and mud. Even though the truck had got stuck in the mud miles back, she enjoyed it (especially when told the mud was good for her skin and cost £60 per ounce) and realised that there is life beyond the length of a hairdryer cable. It was She who suggested running when I stopped smoking. She is a very competitive girl and I know that if I ran against her in a race then she would have to win - she was bad enough at Monopoly aged 6, bankrupting me within seconds! I am very proud of her and she has promised to sponsor me in my Great Manchester Run - fortunately she is not running in it as there are no fashion designers in the line-up! I just wanted to thank her for getting me running… which now seems to have escalated in a very short time to my running a 10K for Alzheimers’s Research UK, in Manchester England on 10th May. For those of you starting out with c25k - stick with it because it is not long before those 1 minute runs unbelievably turn into 30 minute runs and possibly even more! Why, 10 months ago I never thought I'd be running the GMR - I mean I couldn’t even spell the word ‘RUNE'
Now as you know Young Poppypug is running in the GMR too, and will be there to settle my nerves and prod me along with the old pitch-fork but if anyone else is participating let us know and we can all try and get together afterwards and get a group photo hopefully without Lucy’s chum getting in the background this time… humph!
Here is the shipping forecast - sorry, a brief update… I have been training hard this week mixing my running with a bit of cycling and cross training which includes crocheting running socks. However I think I overdid it slightly on Wednesday whilst running alongside my beach when almost over a mere five steps my left calf just seem to seize up and I found myself grinding to a halt in some distress - now admittedly there was a rather attractive girl person running towards me and I may have overplayed it in exacting a little sympathy but the fact is that I had to hobble hop home. and was a tad worried, but it has made a pretty speedy recovery and I should be out again tomorrow - so a missed day of training which unfortunately will probably mean I don’t manage the sub 10 minute 10 K but all is well otherwise and if I start on the Saturday I may well be crossing that finish line on Sunday with the rest!
Now hopefully in the next week my race-pack (along with my six-pack) will arrive and I shall be choosing my running colours and Manchester Mantra and the right pair of crocheted running socks. Major things like whether to wear the iPod or iPhone and which colour gps watch strap to use and baseball cap v headband are beginning to bug me now and there are so few training manuals about this sort of thing available. Lucy says her chum knows a thing or two about this - but she hardly looks the part does she - I mean how do you tell a person they're just not the running type!!!
Finally, to all the really wonderful people who have contributed towards Alzheimer’s Research UK and are helping to make a difference and destroy this dreadful disease - a very big, in fact gynormous, THANK YOU X
PS. And yes… Like Poppy says: Go for it Moger in the Manchester Marathon - Good luck