Non-Broken Thinking

You are what you think you are:

After 2 weeks without running and eating like I was preparing for an ultra marathon at the north pole, I’ve become very fed up, disheartened and 6 pounds heavier!

The last time I ran, I woke up the next morning unable to sit up on my own and in horrific pain when I tried to move, I haven’t ran since. The doctor sent me to the hospital for X-Rays and 2 weeks later we are still awaiting the results. My neck feels a lot better but there is still a nagging ache which gets really sore in the evening.

Having a cold the last week has stopped me from taking the chance and going for a run but I can’t put running off any longer! Jim has just started marathon training for the Yorkshire marathon in October and all the miles he is putting in are making me very jealous! I’m concerned that running might trigger the pain in my neck again and I’m worried I wont be getting up the next day if I do out for a few miles.


I think I’m going to try and attempt parkrun tomorrow,

Jim has even agreed to run with me as his training plan has a slow recovery run scheduled in – It’s a little depressing that my efforts are his recoveries! I suspect, if I make it, will be very slow and steady, a potential extra 10 minutes on Jim’s 19.01 Temple Newsam parkrun PB! You never know, two week rested legs may have me running around like speedy Gonzales – I very much doubt it somehow! I also have the not so small matter of the additional weight to carry round with me too!

My friend and follow runner, the lovely Tammy shared this poem by Walter D. Wintle on her Facebook page today. The first part really echoes my outlook on life and how I think, usually, however the last few weeks I have managed to get myself a little lost. This little nudge came at a very good time.


If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a cinch that you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

So it might not be the best parkrun time ever but it’s a start, a slow parkrun is better than no parkrun!

I’m not broken – I hope…


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