Monday, 14 March 2011

For Those About to Run (We Salute You)



I can't even face a bottle of Yop! today, that's how serious it is.


The first signs of Deadly Manflu were evident last Monday when i came home from work and instead of going for my second run of the day i had an hour in bed instead. I thought i was just a bit tired after a few weeks with some pretty hard running but i've now had the sorest sore throat ever encountered by a human, i've been feverish for days and now all the glands in my neck are swollen and sore. But  today's most serious development is a loss of appetite... that's when i know it's bad.


Hence a blog post. You know when one of those comes around i'm either tapering, recovering, injured or ill. 


It seems a world away from Caesars now. I felt recovered pretty quickly and put in some good mileage in November and December. In fact December was great for training with all the snow, it was also good for getting in night runs on Benarty because it's so much easier to see with snow cover reflecting the torchlight so much better. I clocked up the best part of 400 miles in some really testing conditions and felt like i was reaping the benefits in January with some good strong runs. I thought i'd have a go at the Country to Capital race in London as a first ultra of the year but it proved to be a bit of a mistake. It was just far too flat and too much canal path/road for me, as a result i really struggled to run well and didn't enjoy it at all. I don't think i'll do another race like that again unless i can put in the right training (i.e flat stuff) ...but i always say that!


It's been kind of stop-start since C2C with a hip niggle causing me to take 10 days off running and now it's been a week since i've even managed a run... oh well here's to a resurrection at Hardmoors 55 on Saturday!


Paragliding above Loch Leven

11 comments:

John Kynaston said...

Hey ... a blog post from Richie!

Sorry to hear you're not well but I'm sure you'll be fine by Saturday.

Enjoy the Hardmoors 55 and I really. really hope you get better weather than last year!

Tim said...

Finger's crossed that you recover quickly and that you get better weather for Hardmoors than we had last year? Not sure my fingertips have quite recovered fully...

Keith Hughes said...

Have a lemsip and some marshmallows... Am sure you will be fine !

Allan Fotheringham said...

Nice week blog. Have a good week running.

Andy Cole said...

Hi Richie, here's to a quick recovery, looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Thomas said...

We do not expect course records from you all the time Richie. Maybe in the WHW. To be honest it is about time some one breaks that stupid old 15:44 ;-)

But for now make sure you get your injuries and bird- chicken- and man flus sorted! Don't rush into tough demanding races too soon. Or at least take it easy champ.

The Sunday Adventure Club said...

Thanks for the comments guys.

I've decided to be cautious and withdraw from Hardmoors. I'll wear a nice pink blouse and eat marshmallows all weekend instead!

Davie said...

Why not use your downtime to do a good playlist for your next race? I'm all played out on Caesars.

Thomas said...

Richie, tough but wise and right decision to withdraw. Don't you dare and change your mind! There are bigger fish to fry this season than a few hard eals from the moors!

Yak Hunter said...

Nice to see a blog again. Took me a while to realise but its been so long! Hope you get better soon. We were both iller for longer with the flu in February than I can ever remember us being so I think its a nasty strain - if its the same one. Rest up if you can, it'll go quicker...

The world is outside said...

I was told that shaving your legs would give less trouble with midgets while running in Scotland. Looking at your picture, I quess you don't share this opinion?