My legs were constantly battling me with shin splints, achilles, knee pain and the dreaded plantar fascitis. Everyone blamed the tyre. I retrained my running technique and proved it was not the tyre.
Zoom forward to 2012
Last year I got involved in a building project lugging "stuff" about and essentially from poor lifting technique, my back gave up. It took my back 3 times to give up on me before I understood "bend the knees" before carrying anything heavy. I hardly ran that year.
Return to 2013
3 weeks ago whilst pulling some tonnes of rubble around my garden, the back felt a little sore. A week later my back totally gave up whilst pulling more tonnes of rubble around my garden. Clearly I was not listening to my body and still being greedy with the amount I was hauling to try to get the job finished faster! With a 100 miler at the end of the month, I now had to consider the possibility of dropping out of the event.
However, this give me an opportunity to attend my local church service last week, to hear about their vision for a a church centre that will additionally support the community from all walks of life, regardless of background/religion/culture and to be a safe haven. After service got to have a quick social chat with the vicar and sometime after walking away, I turned back, looked for the vicar and told him I would dedicate my 100 miler to St Johns.
I didn't tell him my back was injured, nor did I tell him I'd not trained now for a couple of weeks so I could possibly DNF. However, I have a commitment and I can't let the church down since it has now all been set up.
So in an attempt to get things back on track, I had some back manipulation plus massage therapy. At one point as "my friend" went into the glutes, it hurt so much I laughed. As she tried to move it to remove the tension, I laughed even harder. If I didn't laugh, I would have dribbled and blubbered through the donut (the hole at the top of the massage bed).
The longest event I have completed is 40 miles with a tyre. The longest distance and time out on my legs was Arrowhead, a 135 mile ultra that I DNFed at 60 miles after 28 hours. I won't be dragging a tyre in this event, after all it was always going to be a "run free" event, but perhaps somewhere someone had foresight for me! Will I complete this event? Well let's see what happens when I go for a run with God ;)
So its not about cancer or sick children, it's about helping a community connect. If you'd like to support me on this event see here:
Ya am hoping to finish the event within 30 hours without injury!!!