May 10th 2015. 4.3 miles. ITBS

I met with a very nice man called Hugh last week. He specialises in biomechanical analysis and he did all sorts of tests on me to work out why my knees are so rubbish. Although of course there is actually nothing wrong with my knees, but that’s where I feel the pain because of my ITB syndrome – caused by shortening of my ilio-tibial bands (who knew a band of fibrous tissue at the side of your thigh could be the source of such misery). The whole session was actually very interesting (if a little tiring) as he pinpointed the…

May 6th 2015. 6.5 miles. Anniversary

It is almost a year to the day that Lindsay and I ran our first race in this year-long running challenge. We stayed overnight in Oban and got up at dawn to get on a very early 4-hour ferry journey to Tiree (our poor families on tow) to take part in the Tiree half marathon. It started and finished on the beach which was lovely scenery-wise but difficult to actually run on. I remember half way round thinking that I was unlikely to make it back alive, and wondering if they would ever find my body on the deserted moor…

May 4th 2015. 6.2 miles. Home

After a great weekend away with old friends, I now have to acknowledge that the marathon is this month. In fact it’s less than four weeks away. This is of grave concern for me, especially as I am yet to run further than 16 miles. Went out this evening shortly after getting home. Such was my enthusiasm when I realised my knee seemed to be bearing up, I ran far too fast (for me – it would be everyone else’ warm up pace) and then had to stop and walk. I’m not sure the burger and chips and trio of…

May 2nd 2015. 2.5 miles. Ellie

We are in Centre Parcs with lots of our lovely friends from University. This morning I went for a teeny run with Ellie and Jamie. Needed to tentatively test my knee (fingers crossed OK so far) and they wanted to come too. This is Ellie’s first time speaking on my blog (she was in the Edinburgh montage), but she has already appeared in her dad Ewan’s (of the amusing lost on the canal video) blog.

April 29th 2015. 30 miles. Cycle

Today was supposed to be my second last long run before the marathon. So again while the enforced knee rest continues, I decided to do a long cycle instead. What I had not factored in was that the entire rainfall for April was going to come out of the sky during the 3 hours I was out. Soaking aside, the first half was very nice. Once again I saw a plethora of birds, and had a heron flying alongside me for a spell. I congratulated myself that I had chosen not to just sit on a bicycle machine at the…

April 26th 2015. 13.4 miles. Cycle

It’s been a difficult week at work this week. Lost a very dear patient and have a couple more who are struggling. But if nothing else, it reminds me why I’m doing this. Harping on about my sore knee is somewhat put into perspective I think. After watching the kids at park run this morning, then Paula Radcliffe finishing the London Marathon (sobbed) I was desperate to get out running today but need to keep aforementioned knee rested for the time being. So took to my bike and cycled a route that I’ve often run. And it seems that cycling…

April 22nd 2015. 0 miles. Pimms

Well it’s amazing all the things you can do on your day off when you don’t need to go for a three hour run. After putting my knee out on Sunday in Edinburgh I am going to have to not run for a week or two. After dropping the kids at school I took Lola for a lovely walk around Kilmardinny Loch, then did some gardening before heading over to the south side for lunch and a great catch up with my friend Cicely, and possibly the world’s happiest baby Felicity. ┬áThen home to sit in the garden drinking Pimms…

April 19th 2015. 10 miles. Edinburgh

Well bugger me but Edinburgh is hilly. Travelled through last night to stay with my cousin Lyndsay (pictured) who ran with me today. Lovely scenic route through Edinburgh but it seemed that the entire run was uphill (and they were steep!). Also running with us was Lyndsay’s brother-in-law Ewan, and a few previous blog guests were there too – Ewan, Jeff and Vanessa. After we had finished, the kids took part in the junior races. Uncle Ewan terribly kindly became Holly’s ‘accompanying adult’ in her mini (1.5k) race as my pesky knee (only just been injected) was playing up again,…