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Running for ME/CFS no. 48

Graph showing the gradients on the run, provided by the sponsors, Morrisons.

Graph showing the gradients on the run, provided by the sponsors, Morrisons.

A brief update for those readers who expect one of these posts on a Monday.

First, let me direct you to the two previous posts for more details. You’ll find post 46 here and post 47 here.

Suffice it to say that training last week went according to plan and I’m well on track for the full run, which takes place in under 4 weeks. In the information sent for the race was a graphical representation of the gradients for the course. My training records show similar graphs for my runs here in the forest. One thing that’s noticeable when I compare the two is that my training runs involve higher climbs and much steeper gradients. Hopefully such training will stand me in good stead for the final run. Let’s hope so, anyway.

A 4-mile section of one of my training runs. Note the scales.

A 4-mile section of one of my training runs. Note the scales.

This week involves a slight reduction in distance and time spent running. I suspect this is due to the extra effort required last week; an opportunity for muscles and joints to recover a little. I don’t envisage any problems. Mind you, a slight disaster occurred at the end of the week. The running shoes I’ve been using for training developed a fault that makes them useless. I’ve ordered some new shoes and they should be with me today. I’ll be using them for training so I’m used to them for the full run. Wish me luck!

I’m hoping some of you are waiting until nearer the date to contribute to my fundraising for Action For M.E. At present, I’ve raised 27% of my target amount. I’d love to exceed that target of £500 and I’ve made it easy to donate. So, please click this link here and take the easy steps to make a donation; the amount is up to you, or course. Every little helps and not everyone can be as generous as some who’ve already given.

Even simpler, send the text ‘MESA76’ (without quotation marks) to 70070, to donate £5 via your mobile phone. Thank you.

And don’t forget, you can still buy my book on ME/CFS, M.E. and me; Chronic Fatigue: My Recovery After 10 Years, through the links on my ‘Published Works’ tab on this website. Half the profits will go to the same charity.

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