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Starting 2019 with a Bang! (and a Crash, and a Massive Wallop!)

I have been planning to do a blog update for a while now, but I wasn’t planning it to be this! I was planning to write a “Training for the London Marathon with a Baby” type post, talking about how it’s going so far and what I’m planning on doing next, the internal battle I had with myself before deciding whether to ask for sponsorship or not and a few quips about motherhood 7 months in and I’m sure I’ll still cover some of that, but January 1st blew all of this out of the water. My training is stalled, I can’t look after my baby without help, and at the moment everything is far from rosy, all because of a lousy, but quite spectacular, trip over a poxy speed bump!!

So there I was, cruising through my marathon training plan that I had carefully written in snatched moments when my daughter was happy to let me put her down to play, I had lined up races, planned rest weeks and carefully considered how gently to up my mileage. I started it in October and had by and large stuck to what it said. I had re-started Weight Watchers and my weight was slowly coming off,  I was back down to my pre-baby weight, although my body was nowhere near back to how it was before, and I was up to about 10miles at a time in distance. I had a good scheduled that allowed me to get out and train around Baby S and her needs. It wasn’t easy, but it was working!

Fitting running in with the baby sometimes means taking her along for the ride

Over December my Personal Trainer went on holiday and I cut myself some slack. I still did my 3 weekly runs (mostly) but that was it, and I indulged in a festive mince pie or two, and a few Christmas beverages but I figured in January and beyond I’d be hitting it hard, back on the healthy eating bandwagon and hitting the training with renewed vigour, London would only be a few months away…

So on the 1st of January, after a relatively tame New Years Eve, I lined up to run the Lamberhurst 10k beside my husband, who had the baby in the running buggy, and off we went, ready to kick start the new year in a healthy way. It’s hilly, Lamberhurst, but after getting up the first couple of KM I was starting to get into my stride, picked up my pace a bit, mind wandering, wishing I’d remembered to actually download my Spotify running playlist as there wasn’t enough signal to stream it, and I still hadn’t been able to try out my new headphones I got for Christmas when suddenly I wasn’t running any more, I was on the floor surrounded by people telling me to breath, and everything hurt! It took a few more seconds for me to realise that I would be pulling out of the race and not carrying on, another few to realise I couldn’t stand up and probably a full minute before I realised I couldn’t move my left arm properly.

Not quite comprehending how serious this all was yet

My husband happened to come back past me just after the fall so stopped also, and eventually the medics arrived after having to navigate their car through the runners. I was looked at, picked up, a bandage put on my arm, then driven back down to the start where I was advised to go to A&E. By now the pain is catching up with me, i’m in shock and my daughter is crying causing me massive distress. I could barely even touch her with my hands bleeding everywhere to help calm her down. Hubby drove me to the hospital and left me there to go and feed the baby – I couldn’t do it – what were we going to do?!

The people in A&E were fab, it didn’t seem like I was waiting around, but the news wasn’t good, my left elbow was fractured, which would be problematic enough without my right hand side also being bruised with cuts across my whole hand and elbow. I basically had very minimal use of either hand!

Somewhat delirious on the way back from A&E

Now a few days on I am left having to ask people to come and look after me and the baby while hubby is at work as I’m unable to look after her by myself, my cuts are healing slowly which will help and I’m using my left arm as much as I’m able trying to get movement back. I’ve been to the fracture clinic but have to go back in a few weeks to be re-xrayed and until then I’m not supposed to do exercise. Not the start to the year I was hoping for!

Now as I laid in bed in the early hours of this morning, having just got the baby back to sleep (thankfully I’ve cracked being able to breastfeed despite my injuries) I decided that I wasn’t going to let this sink me. I can hold the baby again for shot periods to at least comfort her, which was my most pressing concern after being able to feed her and I have a fantastic network of friends and family who have me covered for the next week so that leaves me with just me to worry about.

It would be so easy to fall back into my pattern of comfort eating and drinking so I’m going to make a concerted effort not to. I’ve already made a meal plan for the next week along with a shopping list to get my nutrition back on track which is especially important as I can’t do my normal amount of exercise, and my next step is going to be to look into what exercises I CAN do with limited use of my arms. I can’t afford to sit around losing fitness for the next month, I have a marathon to run!

And run it I will! I’m going to sit down and re-write my marathon training plan taking into account this unscheduled break in my training and i’ll just have to work at it twice as hard once I can run again.

I decided a while ago that I was going to do this for charity after all, as anything I can raise, even if its only a small amount, is more than they would have if I didn’t. I wouldn’t usually ask for sponsorship to run these days as its something I do all the time, but as I say on my fundraising page, this is a bit different, as its a marathon, and not only that but its a marathon I’ve got to train for after just having a baby with all the rebuilding of strength and fitness that entails, and now I’m going to try and turn this arm break into a positive and say it’s another good reason to sponsor me, as I will also have to recover from this and try and be marathon ready over a much shorter time frame!

I’m raising money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity again, as it very sadly keeps being a background feature of my life, treating friends and family when the dreaded disease rears it’s ugly head and you can find my fundraising page here if you feel so inclined.

I’m going to need so much help and support in the coming months to recover and get going again. It really was spectacularly bad timing, but it is what it is, and I’m determined that a little break wont be the breaking of me!

The Christmas Pudding Dash

Oops this blog is a little late, Christmas kind of got in the way of me wanting to write anything, but here we are, my last blog, about my last race of 2015, a year that was supposed to see me race much less, but ended up almost as crazy as last year – but not quite!

The Christmas Pudding Dash was a 5mile cross country run around Ashburnham place near Battle, and included chip timing, however my husband and I were treating this as a fun run, and since the organisers said that fancy dress was encouraged, we embraced this and got ourselves some elf outfits for the occasion. Race packs were sent out in advance so their was no need for us to register, and when we arrived we ran into some friends also dressed up, Lee Haines and Zander Clayton, and we banded together to take on the run.

 

Three elves and a pudding
Three elves and a pudding

The run was almost entirely on trail, with only a few concrete paths to negotiate, and the trails were very muddy, meaning that trail shoes were the order of the day. The run was mainly nice and flat, but there were a few hills thrown in for good measure as well.

Running
Running

The course was made up of a 2.5mile loop, which you did twice, starting near the main house then heading out into the woodland and countryside around Ashburnham. It was a really pleasant run on what had turned out to be a lovely day in December. After finishing the second loop it was across to the finish line to pick up a festively themed medal, a Christmas pudding and a minced pie.

Finished
Finished

This was a really fun little run, and one I will certainly look to doing again next year.

Bedgbury Trailblazer 10km

Another weekend, another race. A last minute decision after receiving a discount code by email for a late sign up to run either the 10km or half marathon distance at the Bedgbury Trailblazer running event put on by Rat Race. I chose the 10km distance as my ankle injury is still not completely healed. Hubby Phil decided to run too, along with some of my other more usual race partners, Kev Coda, Vince James and Linda Zeberga.

At the start of the Bedgbury 10km with Vince, Kev, Phil and Linda
At the start of the Bedgbury 10km with Vince, Kev, Phil and Linda

We arrived a little later than we had planned due to some slow drivers on the A21, but the race was supremely well organised, with slick registration, where you collected your bib number, timing chip, a good quality t-shirt courtesy of 2-XU, a rat race wrag, and a wrist band with your wave number on that you got to keep at the end of the race. After collecting our goodies and dropping them back at the car, we just about made it to the start line on time.

Running with Vince
Running with Vince

We set off, Phil quickly ran on ahead, but Vince, Kev and Linda all stuck with me at a slower pace, as we started to make our way around the trails. The run was over nice terrain, gravely paths, grass and a little bit of muddy ground. There was, as is customary, a certain amount of messing around, with Kev testing out his new go-pro stick and Vince bringing along his camera to get some video clips and pictures, but the run was lovely, the weather was spectacular and the company was second to none.

Posing for a mid-race photo with Linda and Kev
Posing for a mid-race photo with Linda and Kev

The run was through some really lovely scenery, past a couple of very pretty lakes, and through the trees. I was finding the running a bit tough going, having not covered that distance for a while, but my ankle was holding up ok, my main problem other than my fitness coming from my old friends blisters (holes in my socks – time for some kit shopping perhaps!), the others kept me going though, always waiting for me to catch up if I fell behind.

Quick snap with Linda and Vince
Quick snap with Linda and Vince

Two well placed water stations kept us hydrated and were welcome as the day was hot, and the course was well marked and marshalled so it was easy to follow, with markers each kilometre, as well as mile markers for the people running the half marathon, and at the splitting point it was really well signposted  with signs telling you which way to go and signs further on confirming which route you were on.

The course had several up and downhill sections but nothing too tough until the very last section which had a pretty steep hill to get up towards the finish line. Linda was waiting for me at the top, grabbed my hand and we ran to the finish together, crossing one mat we thought  we were done, hugged and were then told by a spectator that we needed to keep moving further up the hill. It was only a tiny bit further but I was struggling by then, Linda took my hand again and we ran it in together, picking up our medals, goody bags and a curly wurly . The goody bags were pretty amazing filled with drinks, food and a magazine, which once added to the medal, t-shirt, wrag and wrist band we had already received made the race entry an absolute bargin.

Finished with Vince, Kev, Linda and Phil
Finished with Vince, Kev, Linda and Phil

We stopped for a few photos and a stretch in the sunshine by the car before heading for home. I would really recommend this if you want a nice trail run, it was a lovely run and with the company and beautiful weather this was a really good day out.