Running for ME/CFS no. 51

Part of my track through the forest.
Part of my track through the forest.

It’s getting close to the event. In fact, 2 weeks today I’ll be pounding the tarmac for 13.1 miles.

Progress this week?

Wednesday I was due to run for 4 minutes followed by 1 minute of walking, repeated 7 times. That’s 35 minutes of exercise. I chose to do this along my 3.3 mile loop in the forest. It rained almost the entire time, but that’s okay: I need to experience different running conditions and I completed the run in the required time.

Friday I was down to do 8 miles again: 3 minutes of running followed by 1 minute of walking for the full distance. But, next week, the week before the run itself, I’m due to do 10 miles. Now, my ancient knees have been complaining at the effort and I thought that a 10-mile session only a week before the race might prove too much for the joints. So, I decided to do the 10-mile run this week instead. That took me 3 times round the loop in the forest. It rained for the final loop: it rained hard! Still, more experience of different weather. The real question for me was, ‘Could I complete one more loop here and now?’ The answer? Yes. Although I was wet and cold, I could have done one more loop and taken the distance to the full 13.1 miles of the half marathon. That’s good to know. And the knees? Well, they’re doing fine. Well enough to permit me to spread grass and wild flower seeds over the steep slope at the bottom of the back garden. Mind you, the back is now complaining.

People do this for fun?

Today is the standard brisk 30-minute walk, which I shall do with Valerie after lunch.

For those who missed my offer to all who donate to my fundraising, May I direct you to post number 50, by suggesting you click this link? There, you’ll discover an offer of a free ebook from my entire published range. Have a look and then, please, follow the link to the JustGiving site.

And don’t forget, you can also buy my book detailing my experience of ME/CFS and giving advice for sufferers and their carers and families, ‘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 go to the same charity.