I ran my 18th half marathon and my son had the hospital appointment he’d waited three months for.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 272 – Sunday 29th September – Cheltenham half marathon! My fourth half marathon this year, my sixth Cheltenham half marathon and my 18th in total. It’s the first one this year when I’ve been really going for it and I’d forgotten how hard that was. I actually found it pretty tough and couldn’t have done any better than my time of 1:50:53, which is nearly three minutes slower than my PB. This is me looking hot, cold, sticky, sweaty and knackered at the end.
Day 273 – Monday 30th September – my legs were still aching a lot from the half marathon. I awarded myself a day off work as there were chores I hadn’t done at the weekend and I was feeling generally knackered. This is how far I ran in September – 96 miles for the month, taking me to a total of 939 miles for the year to date.
Day 274 – Tuesday 1st October – back to work, but still aching. Rain seems to have been a big feature over the last few days, with some horrendous downpours – like this one. My son finished school early (as there is an open evening later) and came home in very high spirits, mainly because of his multiple mentions for athletics success in the school newsletter.
Day 275 – Wednesday 2nd October – the day my son had been waiting three months for – his hospital appointment to get signed off after his accident. It was actually underwhelming. The doctor said he could get back to sport gradually, which is pretty much what he’s been doing anyway. So no definite football and rugby at the weekend.
The temperature has dropped dramatically, the central heating has gone on for the first time and I moved the guinea pigs’ warm beds back into their hutch.
Day 276 – Thursday 3rd October – another cold morning, which meant a particularly stunning sunset. I went for my first run since the half marathon. It was good to be back, but my legs still felt a bit stiff.
Day 277 – Friday 4th October – my daughter had an inset day. I had to work and she did her homework. She gets so much of it, so it will take the pressure off the weekend. My eldest finishes work early on a Friday. He walked in and they were arguing within seconds. My kids are far from perfect.
Now the grass is damp all of the time, the guinea pigs have to come inside or go on the patio (when it’s dry) for a run. I took a photo of a very big guinea pig!
Day 278 – Saturday 5th October – today is parkrun’s 15th birthday. I’ve been running it for four and a half years and today was my 186th parkrun. At our parkrun, everyone always wears new race Tshirts on the first parkrun after the race. There were so many Cheltenham half marathon Tshirts there today! This wasn’t the photo I’d intended to share. My daughter got her 100 milestone Tshirt and had specifically asked that it goes on my Instagram. But then she had a bit of a funny turn after the run (her vision goes black and she has to sit down before she faints), so she said she didn’t want a photo of her Tshirt any more.