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Running and Writing for ME/CFS No.20


First, the progress report, and then some news. Wednesday saw me running for the prescribed 10 minutes from my training plan. I covered a new route along a public footpath, down a sloping track and back home along the main road. Friday I had a 20 minute run, but it rained almost the entire day and I’ve no suitable gear for running in the wet when the temperature is low, so I did that indoors, using the stairs for some gradient work. Today, Sunday, was a 15 minute run and I ran down from the front door, up the steep public footpath, which is both rocky and muddy, and into the forest, where I followed the track along a slight rise and past the old railway bridge until I’d covered half the time. The return journey was mostly downhill, except for the relatively steep climb from the end of the footpath back up to the house. Not bad. I covered 1.3 miles in the allotted time. If I maintained that pace for the full half marathon, I’d cover 13.1 miles in about 2 hours and 28 minutes, which would be pretty good for me.

Onto the news, then. I’ve been selected in the ballot to run in the Great North Run, which takes place in Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields on 13th September. I’ve already booked accommodation for the night before and the night after (I don’t want to drive home straight after the run!) and booked a place on one of the shuttle buses to take my wife and I from the hotel to the start line for me, the finish for her, and the return trip from the finish back to the hotel.

This means that I’ve now been able to activate my JustGiving page to allow you generous souls to start to help me reach my fundraising target of £500.00 to support the Action For M.E. charity. So, please visit the page by clicking here and donating whatever you feel you can give to the cause. If you prefer an easier route, you can also send £5 by texting MESA76 to 70070.

Thank you all for your support.


Well, the book is finally taking shape and I’ve written 8,000 words so far. Considering all the other things I’ve been involved in this week, that’s not a bad total. And the narrative seems to be going well. It’s amazing what you remember once you start writing about events from your personal past. There’ll be a bit of a hiatus towards the end of this week, but I’ll explain that in the next progress report. For the moment, all is going to plan!

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