Posts Tagged ‘(The Mighty) Killing Joke

07
May
09

not much running

I’m In The Wrong Business – Revenge Of The Luddite – Music Music Everywhere

Tuesday was my appointment with the specialist. It started sensibly enough with him getting me to describe the pain I’d had in my neck, shoulder and arms and then suggested that I get an x-ray – y’know… as a precaution. So I trundle off down the corridor and see a very nice lady who gets me to stand very still and then hurrys off into her little radiation proof box and then turns me round and hurrys off again into her bunker and then gives me a disc containing 2 x-rays and then I sit back in the waiting room and then the specialist calls me back in and looks at the x-ray for,oooh, maybe 15 seconds and then says there is a common abnormality at C5 and C6 and that I need an MRI scan and that my x-ray has just cost £135.00. So, £135 for an x-ray (only a precaution, mind) and the nice lady only got my neck and shoulders in otherwise I could have used it as a very cool but expensive Facebook profile picture. So on the way home, I call the MRI scan people and say I need an MRI scan on my cervical spine and am told it will be (worst case scenario) £735.00. And suddenly the pain in my neck doesn’t seem quite so bad but I have a terrible stabbing pain in my wallet…

So I ring my doctor and he says he can refer me for an MRI but it may take a few weeks. I then do a quick calculation and work out that even if I have to wait 2 months and eat ibuprofen and paracetamol morning, noon and night for the duration, I still don’t get near £700+ so decide that now I know I am not about to keel over and die, I’ll wait for my MRI.

As I was very good on my last run and came in under 1 hour for my 10km and didn’t stop, I rewarded myself with a trip to Heaven last night to see Killing Joke. They did not disappoint but the surprise of the night was a friend of mine arriving on a beautiful Specialized single speed bike which I instantly fell in love with. It is fantastically uncluttered as it has no gears, therefore no extra sprockets, no derailleur, no back brake cable as it has a fixed wheel and is about as simple a push bike as you can get. Obviously, only having one “gear” it does make it less practical for actually riding but it is very lovely. Which got me thinking… singlespeed pushbikes are considered very cool amongst a particular section of the cycling community despite (or perhaps because of) their slight impracticality. I wonder if someone were to invent the running clog (no unsightly laces, no flexible sole just 1 block of beautiful ergonomically carved wood), would the hipper members of the running community fall head over heels in love with it????

Hauling My Carcass has bitten the bullet and revealed most of the contents of his meticulously compiled running playlist (read about it here) and, a few weeks ago, Anna was daring people to come out and list their favourite running tunes. Both of which have prompted me to finally get round to creating a proper running playlist as opposed to a bunch of tracks on shuffle on my mp3 player. I have a good idea of what I consider to be my “ultimate” running playlist in my “minds I-Pod” but will experiment a bit and try it out on a few practice runs before deciding whether to pluck up courage and share it with you. I need to get busy though as I have a 10km in little over a week and think that the correct playlist for a relatively short distance could make all the difference.

Soundtrack to this post: Sea Within A Sea – The Horrors

28
Apr
09

the carrot or the stick?

Moody Running Avoidance – How Much Worse Can It Be – Threat Or Incentive

Firstly, a massive well done to everyone who took part in the Flora London Marathon on Sunday. Particularly as, contrary to all the weather forecasts, it was so very warm which must have made it even harder than usual. A special mention should also go to iliketocount who was putting in plenty of miles of training only to be struck down with an injury a couple of weeks before the event and was unable to run.

I decided to avoid watching the race as I was sulking… I have had a couple of attempts at my 10km training runs since my last blog and have performed so poorly I didn’t feel like sharing it with any of you. They could hardly be called training “runs” either really as they consisted of approximately 50% walking so I tried to avoid anything running related for a couple of days to try and get my head straight. Today, I’d decided it was time to give myself a bit of a kick up the arse and see if I could complete the distance, without stopping to walk, no matter how sore my neck and shoulder felt or how much pins and needles I had in my hand….

And here I digress slightly… I gave up smoking 3 years ago after I realised that, if I split up my life to that point, I had been smoking for longer than I hadn’t been smoking. At the time, my main fear (and reason for not stopping) was “If I go without a cigarette for 8 hours, I crave them really badly, so imagine how much worse that craving will be if it is 80 hours without smoking – obviously 10 times worse!!!”. Which I now know is a complete myth. So, I decided I can apply the same thing to the discomfort whilst I am running… If I carry on running, it is unlikely that the pins and needles in my arm will become so unbearable that something terrible will happen, it will probably just reach a point and then get no worse… which is (obviously) exactly what happened.

To further compound my decision to ignore any pain and just run, I’d decided on issuing myself an ultimatum. Next week, I have a ticket to go and see the mighty Killing Joke at Heaven. Many of my friends will be there, Killing Joke live are never less than brutally intense, and it will be as close a thing to a guaranteed great night out as I can imagine. So I told myself that if I stopped to walk, I would forfeit my ticket and not go to the gig. And it worked as I did 10.25km in 1:02:41 which I don’t think is too bad as I noticed I still have a weird, stooping, tippy-toey running style whilst I try and not jar anything in the neck region.

Tomorrow, I go to the doctors to see if he can get me an x-ray or MRI scan on my shoulder. Hopefully, it’ll just show up to be a disc problem and relatively easily solved. We’ll soon find out.

So, unusually, I have hand picked todays soundtrack to the post – ordinarilly, I sit myself down at the laptop, hit “shuffle” on the Media Player and see what is playing when I finish the post. Today, as I used them as such an effective training tool…

Soundtrack to this post: Wardance – Killing Joke




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