Three days to go #VLM2013

Three days to go until the big push

20130418-063605.jpg You could say I’m excited!!!

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You could also say following the sad events in Boston earlier this week that I and the other 30+ thousand runners are more determined than ever to make this an event to remember, to cherish. Our resolve should be stronger now, not weakened by the selfish, demonic acts of the sadistic few

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN… Dadadurdurrrr

NINE… (2 hour gym session)

TEN…. (14mile run done)

Ten Days to go…
I believe the acronym OMFG is rather applicable to the realisation that tomorrow we will be in single figures in the countdown to the Virgin London Marathon! Yikes…

… that said like so many thousands of other runners of all levels I want it to happen now; to be here so I can savour every moment, every twinge, every temptation to stop and every push from the crowds to keep going and to push through the pain barrier.

There’s no more training to be done now, other than keeping the muscles going to help the mind realise its potential. The mind, after all, holds the key to success and failure of a challenge like this. It tells you to stop and to keep going and chooses which one to listen to the most.

There have been injuries along the way, which the create doubt in the ten days that count towards the big day. The organisers help by advising you to plan and plan all of the activities that get you to the start on the way. Takes your mind off the doubts!!

The support has been fantastic. Everyone who knows you respects the size of the challenge and every conversation goes back to it

how’s training going?

what time are you aiming for?

why that charity?

why are you doing this you fruitcake, have a glass of wine!!

So here we are, £2300 raised.

And so we wait. Tick follows tock follows tick follows tock…

my charity page

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Back on track

now we’re getting somewhere…

Running has been going well and the injury has almost disappeared. So much so that I’m planning the first big run for a month on Saturday. We’re only half way through march and yet I’ve already surpassed the mileage I managed in February. This in itself is pleasing, but I still have to build the distance confidence which has disappeared since the injury. That comes Saturday, I hope! Along with the reward of a massage…

As you get older injuries seem to take longer to heal physically, but mentally it’s harder. The damage to confidence when an injury happens worsens the longer the physical side takes to heal. In our minds we tend to still think of ourselves as impregnable.

I’m still 19 or 20 in my mind and when you’re that age nothing will break you. Injuries disappear in the blink of an eye or you can run them off; a little stretch and it’s fixed.

At double that age (which I have to accept seeing as I have a child of nearly 16!) the body can take weeks of creaking and involuntary noise production to fix itself, but because our minds still consider us unbreakable we try and ignore it and run it, stretch it and drink it off – which ultimately just slows the healing process down. The longer it takes, the harder the confidence to run long distance is to rebuild.

So the greatest medicine for healing injuries and confidence, is patience. Give it time; work towards the goal progressively, build gradually and the confidence will follow. Never give up, but never try and rush results.

Money
The money is coming in and patience applies here too, but some cheek goes a long way. I am now just £99 from the first target of £900. The legion will be pleased.

So why not do your bit? Reach down the side of the sofa, find that spare change you were saving for a cheeky takeaway… Open up the laptop and enter this address http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RittesRaisingMoney and give it to a charity that supports all servicemen!!

Gait Correction -the MYTH

MYTH OF GAIT CORRECTION PROVED?
It occurred to me the other day that my injury started when I started to use my newish Nike trainers. They’re smart, not too garish and of course purchased from a runners emporium. These are no ordinary shoe! You see, they’re like iShoes… they’re specially reinforced in a particular part of the foot, which then corrects and MAXIMISES your running style. Perfect.

My wife actually came up with the idea having read The First 20 Minutes. In there it suggests that gait correcting footwear is a myth and research in America had found that an increasing number of injuries could be related to gait correcting shoes. Indeed when I ran my first half marathon in September, I had been wearing natural gait trainers… a bit more research Gait Correction Myth here

I also ran a short 4km run on Tuesday to test the Achilles, but in my older New Balance trainers and although there is still pain there, this I recognise to be residual pain. Just in case tho, I have joined Pure Gym so if I do get any more injuries in the next 51 DAYS I can still exercise and strengthen key muscles while waiting for the healing process.

So there it is DON’T buy trainers that correct your gait because it will damage you!

52 DAYS Please sponsor me on my website here. I am trying desperately to raise £1800 for the Royal British Legion in their support of our troops, many of whom find themselves dealing with much, much more than a niggly Achilles!!

Thank you and good night x Follow me

Injuries

INJURIES ARE SO DAMNED ANNOYING

As the title suggests, with 53 days to go and this damned Achilles is still preventing me from doing any decent training…not that it will everstop me on the day.

Failure is not an option here. Injury or no injury I will start the London Marathon and I’ll finish the London Marathon. Lets face it, thousands of soldiers over the last ten years have achieved more in greater adversity than a twingy Achilles. failure is not an option.

I have run today though. Total of 5k. 4k in 20 mins and then a mixture of walk, jog and hill reps to test the strength. I’ve also joined a gym so that I can keep the lungs going when injury appears.

Look after your limbs people! Warm them, cool them and stretch them regularly!!

I’d still be grateful for your money for the British Legion.

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Peace.

None training log…

Gutted

Running is on hold this week as I try and sort my Achilles out. Only managed 10k this week and then agony the day after. The pain is still there today which doesn’t bode well if I just ignore it. It is more important to recognise and deal with a suspected injury than it is to leave it.

Today is massage day at Nottingham Whitehouse so the wonderful Jayne has agreed to give it the once over. So no more running until it feels healed. That said I’d still be grateful for your money for the British Legion.

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Peace.

Training Log: T-66

Day T-66: Feb 13th

Progress… today I found myself back to speeding up on the inclines, instead of feeling tempted to stop. Anyone know how effective sports beans are for long distance hydration?
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  • distance: 10km
  • time: 53mins42secs
  • Press-ups: 60
  • Sit-ups: 60
  • arm curls: 60x8kg per arm
  • Sponsorship currently stands at £535+GiftAid check it out!!! sponsor me!!

    Training Log: T-75 to T-68

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    Day T-71: Feb 9th

    Longest run so far, my first 15 mile run maintaining the same pace as normal. I can’t deny my legs are feeling it today. I enjoyed running in almost freezing temperatures with a little light rain. Quite refreshing. Sponsorship currently stands at £505+GiftAid check it out!!! my marathon page

    Anyway, the stats
    Training Gumf

  • distance: 15miles
  • time: 129mins40secs
  • Day T-74: Feb 6th

    Chuffed to be able to wear the names of fallen comrades on my official legion shirt, less fussed about my own. Here’s to you Captain Mark Hale, Corporal Mark Palin and Corporal JJ McKinlay

    Had to take Monday & Tuesday off with a troublesome Achilles but today’s run more than made up for it… Sponsorship currently stands at £480+GiftAid check it out!!! my marathon page

    Training Gumf

  • distance: 6.5miles
  • time: 54mins40secs
  • Press-ups: 60
  • Sit-ups: 60
  • arm curls: 60x8kg per arm
  • I need sponsorship! Please pay for my motivation and donate to the Royal British Legion by clicking here.

    For every £10 you donate, the government will donate another £2.50 if you’re a UK taxpayer!!

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    Training log T-82 to T76

    Day T-77: Feb 2nd

  • distance: 9.8miles
  • time: 87mins40secs
  • I need sponsorship! Please pay for my motivation and donate to the Royal British Legion by clicking here.

    For every £10 you donate, the government will donate another £2.50 if you’re a UK taxpayer!!

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    Day T-78: Feb 1st

  • distance: 4.7miles
  • time: 39mins40secs
  • Press-ups: 50
  • Sit-ups: 50
  • arm curls: 50x8kg per arm
  • Day T-80: Jan 30th

  • distance: 4.6miles
  • time: 39mins20secs
  • Press-ups: 48
  • Sit-ups: 48
  • arm curls: 48x8kg per arm
  • Day T-81: Jan 29th

  • Weight: 186lb
  • Distance: 4.5miles
  • Time: 39mins20secs
  • Press-ups: 46
  • Sit-ups: 46
  • Arm curls: 46x8kg per arm
  • I need sponsorship! Please pay for my motivation and donate to the Royal British Legion by clicking here.

    For every £10 you donate, the government will donate another £2.50 if you’re a UK taxpayer!!

    Birthday weekend in Chester resulted in no running, lots of drinking and lots of meat oh and did I mention chocolate?
    bad Richie!!! BAAAAAD RICHIEE

    Day T-82: Jan 28th

  • Weight: After the exploits of last weekend, none of your damned business!!
  • Distance: 4miles
  • Time: 35mins20secs
  • Press-ups: 46
  • Sit-ups: 46
  • Arm curls: 46x8kg per arm