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I survived!

Yes I survived!

This was without a doubt the hardest and wort race I have ever done. Everything was against me, London marathon injury stopped training in spring and early summer, in India I only had time to run 3 times, and due to the altitude damn that was some hard going. Then when I got back I couldn’t train as I had severe pain in every joint in my body, nope I have no idea what it is?!? It started around 18th of August in India and it still bloody hurts. Theories of anyhting from normal wear and tear due to hard work which will subside (I hope for this one) to Arthritis has been thrown around. So obviously not the greatest preparation for a half marathon. I am generally fit and I always keep very active and did so in India too even though I wasn’t running so I knew I could run a half otherwise I wouldn’t have done it and I DO NOT recommend anyone to do it unless they are fit enough. Also only reason I did run was that it was a charity place for Oxfam and backing down was therefore not an option for me.

So race day came, I had slept badly but my pre-preparations were spot on so the morning went by smoothly. The race organiser was superb, they texted me and all other participants to warn us about delays on the Jubilee Line, then they postponed the race for 45 minutes to give everyone a chance to get there on time.

The race itself was hard, cold, heavy wind and rain this is just the kind of weather I hate. The track was ok and the first half went well, then my joints said NO, NO MORE, but I pushed on and despite all things mentioned above I finished in a time of 2h 13 min and 26 sec. The race organisers texted me both the gun time and chip time within 3 hours of finishing the race WOW even more impressed with them now. I thought the time was quite rubbish but my friends have convinced me that it was really good after all my bad luck and bad preparations.

Today the joint pain is back to where it was before the race and the muscles feel fine.

Thanks to all and everyone that has sponsored me already and to the lot of you that have promised to sponsor on completion cough up the money now 😉 Click on the sponsor me button or click here http://www.justgiving.com/Running-Frog. Remember none of this money goes to me, they do not even pass me but go straight in to Oxfam.

Edit: just to add so it is perfectly clear, I DID NOT take any painkillers before the race. I want to feel the pain and if it becomes unbearable I would stop, masking the pain is a very bad idea and you can damage yourself terrible. I took painkillers 2 hours after the race, why 2 hours? Well I read somewhere in a very plausible study that it can be good to let your body’s own anti inflammatory system work a bit on its own before you help it a long. If I find the study again I will publish links to it.

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Next a Half Marathon

Yes I’m out running again, this time it will be an achievement just getting to the start let alone past the finishing line as already I’m slightly injured. But hey ho I’m not injured enough not to run and it shouldn’t get worse by running either. This half marathon is for Oxfam, Oxfam is trying to overcome global poverty and suffering, they focus on Emergency Response (Pakistan Flood, Haiti Earthquake), Development Work and Campaigning for Change. To find out more click here Oxfam

£ 7  – could buy a school kit for kids
£11 – buy a mosquito net to protect people from malaria
£26 – could help fix a village water well
£50 – could train a farmer
£84 – can feed 12 families in an emergency

So please dig deep and donate now by clicking here http://www.justgiving.com/Running-Frog.

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I am back

Yes I have returned from the best thing I have ever done in my life. Although I had good values before I have decided to re evaluate my life and take stock and then decide what really matters to me and what to do next. But I can say I am truly happy at this moment, I know myself and I know what is important in life.

Will probably update you more on India in the near future but at the moment I need to digest it properly first, the true impact of it all has not hit me just yet.

So for now here is a little video lovely Hannah made of us in India, my Foxtrot 2 group shows up after the guitar solo. Also some pictures of my various sleeping arrangments, no one can say I’m spoilt and need luxury, or that I am vain (*cough, cough* mum) 😉

My lovely bed on the concrete floor at Moraji Desai School

Foxtrot 2’s home

Brief 1 day visit to Gandathur, Foxtrot 1’s home

Anthony’s Camp, Base Camp near Munnar in Kerala

Anthony’s campsite is on a slope, very cleverly done

“Survival Night” or this is what hell is like

Toilets were mainly either a short drop like this or a longdrop

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