Friday, 14 May 2010

Better late than never....

And the day dawned raining and cold.
As good a day as any to run a marathon.
Sorry for the late post - I'm fine but the usual routine has been changed today by two factors. Firstly the queue at the physios has grown longer as we need ever more treatment so I volunteered to change my appointment to before dinner.
And secondly Gina has just arrived!
Another really tough day for me - almost from the off my quads felt like they were going to explode. And thereafter every step hurt. But somehow still came in on 4.29. Now at the stage where 2 disasters won't be a disaster if you know what I mean.
One particularly nice thing happened today - they are resurfacing the road outside Bowness and the guy stopped the traffic lights both ways so that I could run through - which spurred me to go a little too fast I suspect.
Running up ice cream hill (Miller Howe) at around 22 miles was a killer today but psychologically important - if I can run up that then generally I'll do okay.
Adam dipped under 3 hours again today, Anna got back under 4 hours and most important of all we all made it back. I believe Jim was having sausages on the course courtesy of Naomi's mum and sister - makes a change from him nicking chips from pensioners in Bowness!
I'm also reliably informed that following the appearance of Naomi's bottom on tv, she and Jim have been mooning each other on the way round today. But alas Jim mooned a police car by mistake although he avoided being arrested. That would have been a first!
Blog will probably be later tomorrow as well, and I will try to at least post my time later on Sunday - but will do a final post on Monday night when I get back home.
Your support and messages are so important - I can't thank you all enough.


Anonymous said...

So glad you are managing to keep going and that Gina arrived safely. The end is in sight, I hope you will not be too sore to enjoy Sunday, it will be a day to remember!

Anonymous said...

Only 2 to go - you must be very proud (although mentally unsound of course).
Have a great time on Sunday and hope to see you both soon.
Keith and Sandra

Jonboy said...

hey guys! Sounds like you're still doing great and running some cracking times :) Keep it up dad - cant believe you're nearly there. Absolutely unreal. Love Jonboy xx

Stewart said...

It's the consistency that is so impressive - have you stuck with not wearing a watch?

Nearly there now - just a couple of weekend 'strolls' to go - keep on rolling!

Peter Hollis said...

How on earth do you do it Chris, in pain from the start and you still do under four and a half hours - unbelievable.

Bit of rain in the air so as good a day as any to run a marathon.

I shall be interviewing Rod in due course and pointing out that this is not like bird watching, peering out from a small window trying not to frighten the anything.

Just been on Met Office web site and it looks warm and fine for number nine tomorrow. So really as good a day as any to run a marathon.

Good luck Chris


Anonymous said...

Just got back from the Sheffield Construction Ball (getting my excuses in early for tomorrow morning boys!) and have completed my own marathon. A bottle and half of red wine and three courses plus two hours on the dance floor. Not a pretty sight, I was moving as gracefully as you at 22 miles on day 6.

Keep it up Chris. You've done fantastically well.


Anonymous said...

Chris, Just managed to catch up with your awesome progress from some remote Greek Island. Glad it's going so well and take heart, your running faster than we are sailing!

Keep it up.

Nigel and Yvette x

Anonymous said...

BEST OF LUCK FOR TODAY!! On the final stretch... You've done incredibly. So impressed.
Love H xxx