I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog and also with the exercise. The London Marathon is about 4 weeks away and I should be up to 20 plus miles a week with months of solid training behind me. This hasn’t happened and isn’t going to happen.
Back in December I was trying to get out and work seemed to get in the way. January and February saw me struggling to balance feeling ill and being ill with trying to train and all of life’s other commitments.
Over the past two weeks I have been in hospital and am now off work. It seems that there is something neurological going on and so planning to run a marathon seems not the most sensible thing to be doing. I have therefore had to withdraw from my first marathon and because it was a charity place, I won’t be able to defer entry.
I’ve been told that exercise can be good but that I need to be resting and so I am paring exercise down to working on speed over 1 mile and a new 5k pb. So shorter, more intense runs with perhaps the occasional longer stint. I think seeing some progress with my speed will help as I should feel better in myself for exercising but not doing so much that it exhausts me. I also hope that the exercise will help me recover speedily – the endorphins and feeling positive will help me overcome how I feel about my health, being signed off work and the fact that things just aren’t working out as planned at the moment.
It is apparent that there may be some issue with my spine and how the nerves communicate from C5 and C6 which means that there is not much sensation in my left arm and at times loss of movement. My left leg is also weaker.
Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me in my training and efforts so far this year. There is something odd going on with my health – how I coped over the 10k which turned into my first DNF should have taught me that. So my year of exercise will continue but in a calmer, quieter way.
This is where I went this morning for a gentle run around the lake.