4 Miles, 43.34 Minutes

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After the triumph of Event #3, I promised myself a little rest. I intended to take a week or so off running to let my legs recover from a fairly intense couple of weeks.

Nearly three weeks later, I was still ‘resting’. It turns out the longer the gap in training, the harder it is to motivate myself to get back out. Who knew?!

As such, I knew this one was going to hurt. Chuck in a bit of unusual North-East sunshine, and you’ve got a recipe for a slog. And so it proved.

My legs are really feeling the burn after that, and I’m going to need a couple of days to recover (note to self, NOT three weeks) but I feel absolutely great for finally having got back out there. It’s been a bit of a monkey on my back for the last week or so, and it would have been so easy to just say ‘screw it, it’s Friday, I’ll get back into it next week’. I’m pretty proud to have shouted down that voice in my head, and particularly to have stretched myself out to four miles rather than just doing an easy two or so.

Anyway, given the latest challenge I’ve decided to take on, I need to do all the training I can. It’s probably very foolhardy, given that my knees are on borrowed time anyway, but I’m going to try and get into the London Marathon next year. And if I can’t get in for London (I’m making my case to Bloodwise, and I’ll enter the ballot), then I’ll try and do another marathon. Basically, I’d love to be able to say I’ve done a marathon, and if I’m ever gonna do it, then pretty much the only chance I’ll probably ever have of physically handling it is going to be next year.

So, since I’ve gotta sell the benefit of me doing the Marathon to Bloodwise to get one of their scarce places, you’re more than welcome to increase my current sponsorship pot so they think I’m a fundraising machine – Link here.

Music – Ash – 1977

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