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I’m off to the European Parliament!

Running Distance

OK, so I’m not. But I could do if I wanted to. The reason? Well I’ve managed in my training so far to run for 402miles! It’s apparently taken me only 2.8 days. Hmm, that can’t be right can it? I’ve been running for bloody months and yet the overall time seems very short. Well, I guess 68hours is sort of impressive.

In the time I’ve been running the main thing I can remember is worrying about injury. I think in a way it might be holding me back a little. So many people say the mental preparation is easily as important as the physical and I am kind of obsessed about every ache and twinge. Luckily my injuries are moving up my body, first my toes, then ball of foot, now my knees. By the time I’m in New York my largest worry is therefore likely to be my head dropping off. (oh please, pleeeease).

I guess the other big change is both my weight and my body, I’ve lost nearly 1.5stone now (no more!) and I can’t get over how much of me is now muscle. I can’t quite get used to being very toned and having legs and buns and abs of steel. OK, I’m not getting on any magazine covers (Sofa’s Monthly?) but for me it’s a big change!

Am I enjoying it? Well, it’s all about location. Today I ran alongside roads and it’s just no fun at all. When I run along the canal it’s much much nicer. On a good day with swannies and rabbits to look at and a clear sky and no bloody people it can be quite a nice experience. I’m not sounding convincing am I (-:

How do I look? (excuse the terrible preview pictures, click on my photo or the map for a better shot!)

Me on my feet

Ever felt your life was tough?

Got a packet of tissues ready for a few tears? Don’t think you’ll need them eh?… well once you’ve watched the video below you might regret that confidence.

Team Hoyt are a father and son team who have taken part (at the latest count)…

  • 229 Triathlons including 6 Ironman level
  • 20 Duathlons
  • 66 Marathons
  • 84 Half Marathons
  • 212 10K races
  • And many many more, totalling 984 events

And just as a reminder, an Ironman is a 2.4mile swim, a 112mile bike and then a full marathon.

So that’s pretty impressive right? Especially as the father Dick is 65 and his son Rick is 44.

OK, still not that impressed? Well the son Rick had complications at birth and ended up with Cerebal Palsy… so when they compete… “when Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a small boat being pulled by his Dad.”

Yeh, exactly. Unbelievable. So if you’re ever feeling rubbish because you don’t have a pony/iPhone/shiny car/diamonds… just watch this video and be overwhelmed. You can find more about them here