I'm currently training for the Brighton Marathon on April 18th, and raising some money for Water Aid in the process. This blog is my diary of the ups and downs of my training over the past few months.

I hope that you'll stick around, and please sponsor me! It's a genuinely great cause, and any encouragement and support I can get will be invaluable in keeping me going through this last stretch of training and on the day itself.

FINISHED I managed to finish the race. Thanks a lot to everyone who supported me through it.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

My two buddies

That's better.
Okay I definitely need some pictures on here. Hold on...

Inactive much

I would've been updating this more often if I actually had anything to report...

BUT I've just started running again the last couple of days, baby steps, a mile or two at a time. My knee's still giving me jip so I'm just taking it reeeeal steady.

The past 3 weeks have been pretty much exercise-less. Doing some leg exercises recommended to me buy the physio, munching too much ibuprofen, moaning, icing it.

I've had to bail out of the Brighton Half, which takes place tomorrow morn. I'm a bit gutted about that, especially as I was supposed to be running it with Chris, for the 3rd year running, but it would've been a really stupid idea. So good luck to him flying solo, and to Martin too.

So I've got [...counting...] 57 days to get Marathon-flavoured fit. No problem!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Bad timing

My x-ray showed no 'bonal abnormality'. And so the doctor eventually reached the grand summary: 'At the moment your knee's giving you jip.' Thanks for that.

Apparently I have a Prepatellar Bursitis: inflammation of the bursa (little joint cushion) over my kneecap. This quite possibly has nothing to do with running at all, and sometimes just comes along 'like a cold'. Running just makes it worse, and hurt a lot. There's no real way of remedying it, it seems, other than wait for it to go away, do a few leg stretchy things, ice it, take ibuprofen. This is quite crap. It doesn't even hurt. But if I run on it it'll probably get worse and won't repair. Frustrating, a lot.

It's nothing serious though, which is good : )

The Brighton Half is in 16 days, so I'm going to rest up a bit longer then see how it is and hopefully/maybe I'll still be able to run that. But mainly I just don't want to take any chances for the big marathon in April.

Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me so far!