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Feb
13

share and share alike

3 weeks ago, Son Number 2 – my youngest – was off school – high temperature, lethargic, gallons of snot. By the following evening, Mrs Eatingtrees, myself and Son Number 1 all had the same symptoms. Ironically, Son Number 2 seemed to be recovering. A few days later, we were all feeling better until the tail-end of my illness seemed to mutate into an ear-infection culminating in a perforated ear-drum. Brilliant!

So the last few weeks have meant that I have been moping about, weary and coughing and a little off balance and asking people to repeat themselves so that I can try and make out what they have just said through the muffled and tinnitus filled right ear. I don’t often get ill, but when I do it is always in style and I get really frustrated if I cannot recover quickly.

Yesterday morning, the sun was out and I was confident enough that I could retain my balance with one still-dodgy ear that I set off for my first run in about 4 weeks. 11km which easily felt twice that distance – legs were heavy from inactivity and lungs laboured to get rid of the last traces of whatever had been settled in them for the past couple of weeks. Once back home and showered, I felt great though. Cleansed. And alive again.

Then this morning, another crisp and bright morning, I got out of bed determined to get out on the singlespeed. Once again, partly because I now can and partly because, earlier in the week, I received my confirmation for my entry into the Maas Half Marathon complete with instructions in, helpfully, French and Dutch. It dawned on me that I will be required to run a Half Marathon and also to do it after Hauling My Carcass and I have cycled to Belgium from the UK via Holland. I absolutely cannot wait to do this although the fear of being unprepared and getting there under our own steam – only having our bikes and running gear – lends this particular race a sense of urgency. We have accomodation booked on specific nights in specific towns so there is no margin for error -we must cover the full distance each day or we have nowhere to sleep that night. It will be awesome but, right now, with little running training and less cycling under my belt, it still feels a little scarey. 37km cycled today then before many had crawled from their beds. That has eased some of the pre-trip jitters but I know that I have 11 weeks to get myself to a place where I can comfortably cycle 100km a day over multiple consecutive days.

Soundtrack to this post: Ben Harper – Steal My Kisses


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