They say that our muscles have a cellular memory which is just as well as my brain seems to have forgotten loads of important information. Anyway this cellular memory was jogged (quite literally) into being when a colleague at work suggested we start a running group. It was ok for her as she was sickeningly fit as she is an obsessional marathon runner. Anyway several of us took her up on the offer and started jogging once a week. What surprised everyone including myself was that I not only managed to run 3 miles the first session but that I chatted all the way and didn't seem out of breath at the end! When I said it surprised them, what I really mean is that they were pissed off and suggested I had been secretly practising! I hadn't at all but did suggest it was down to drinking copious amounts of Aloe Vera every day which lubricates my joints and ensures my body is stress free.
Anyway the net result was that it kinda kick started my cellular memory and set me on a path that would see me running my first half marathon in October 09!
I decided that if I could run at 16 then I could run at 52! Yes I know there is no logical rhyme or reason to say that, except that I had told myself about this cellular memory and so therefore believed that it was this that would carry me over 13miles.
I have always wanted to do something for unicef as they are an international charity that develops long term solutions to the challenges faced by children, young people and their families in many developing countries. So I felt that with this newly unleashed latent 'talent' I would do some challenges for unicef to try and raise much needed funds.
So I signed up to the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London! I think I signed up in about May time with the idea that I would get some training in before the event and ensure I didn't need a heart lung transplant or resuscitation half way around the course. Hahaha.. all the best laid plans and all that!
Anyway my eldest son Chris suggested we walk up Ben Nevis in September, so I joined a gym to get some leg work in. I never really spent more than 40 mins a session at the gym and quite frankly found it boring!
I have done a little trekking in the Himalaya but Ben Nevis is something else, especially on a day when its lashing down with rain and howling a gale as it was when we got two thirds of the way up. God my buttocks ached! There was even some snow at the top and we couldn't see a damn thing.
Thank goodness for Goretex is all I can say!
So after Ben Nevis I thought I'd see if I could get some long runs in to prepare myself for the half marathon. Did I heck? I think I ran one 5 miler! The rest were the odd 3 miler or a shorter distance when out with the dog in the morning and then there'd be wee stops (for the dog not me!).
A few weeks before the Royal Parks my partner Jay and I took part in the 2009 European Charity Landy Rally. Driving our Discovery Td5 through 11 countries in 9 days over 2,800miles. Click to see Our Landy Adventures
I didn't do any training at all on the trip except the off run up a hill either in front or behind the vehicle to get a good photo..... so when we arrived home 2 weeks before the Royal Parks I was kinda wondering how I would make it!
Well thank the Universe for cellular memory, because it kicked in on the start line of the half marathon!