It was all going so well…

So 10 weeks away from the start date and I’m in high spirits, the trainings going very well and I’m actually enjoying going running, no matter what time of day or how far I’m running I do it with a smile on my face… but the football season isn’t over.

We have 2 games remaining and 1st up was Cadbury Heath. During the warm up I felt a slight pull in my left calf but decided I’d just ignore it and play on. Knowing that the team we were playing only needed a point to win the league and be presented with the trophy we knew it would be a tough game, we were playing very well and took 3-0 lead… then I’m through on goal defender bearing down on me…as I shoot he slides across to make the block but connects with nothing but my leg.

Me being me decided to just ignore it, run it off and play on which wasn’t the best idea, a few more tackles throughout the game, I get home to find my leg had swollen to twice its normal size. After a trip to A+E I find out I have a tear in my calf, so I spent the last week on crutches and most of my time lying down resting my leg. I’ve been back since and have been told all I can do is rest and in 4-5 weeks it should have healed itself and be back to normal.

This is obviously going to have a huge impact on my training as I cant train for the next 4 weeks at least and its only 8 weeks until we get under way.  However I’m not going to let it dampen my spirits,  I think in a couple weeks I’ll be able to hit the gym and work on a cycle bike and some core work (not involving my legs) which will help in the long run.

Also unfortunately I am unable to play in the Football tournament fundraiser at the Ray Mac on Thursday 3rd of May at 6pm.  So I take to the management team instead and I expect nothing but cup glory from my players.

Everyone is welcome to come along and show some support and raise some money. Tell your friends and family and lets get as many people along as possible.

See you all there.


What have i got myself in to….

So late last year I received a Facebook message from my football manager Steve Chalk with content that I never thought I would read let alone agree to do.  Running 100 miles in 3 days is an insane idea by anyone’s standards but then I read on to find out its literally a cross country run on some wild terrain.

Never the less I was happy to accept the challenge and extremely honoured to have been asked.

At first I had no idea how I was going to prepare for some a monstrous task and to be completely honest I still have no idea, and as good as the world of the Internet is there is no tips for this sort of challenge, so I thought the only thing I could do was to run, run and then run some more then once I’d ran a good distance I’d just keep running. The training isn’t actually as bad as I thought it was going to be,  I do enjoy running personally as long as I have music in my ears and the weather is kind I’m happy to take to the roads, fields and hills running my days away.  I have also come to appreciate the running as I have now seen parts of Salisbury that I didn’t know existed even though I’ve spent the last 15 years living here.

My body is now slowly becoming used to the fact that I rise bright and early, throw on my running shoes, stick my earphones in and head off and I can feel the difference its making.  I started off running 3-5 miles 4 times a week and have slowly raised the distance each week so im now running 12-14miles 3 times a week with a recovery run once a week and a couple of much needed days of rest.

Knowing that in 63 days we will be setting off from Winchester and heading to Eastbourne sea front on foot over 3 days is of course very daunting but also very exciting, we obviously aren’t doing this just for fun or to pass 3 days in June.  We are of course putting ourselves through it for the good of others and to raise money for Factor 50 who are the top charity raising funds for research into Melanoma and I personally am hugely happy to be helping such a cause.

Right I think that’s enough for today its time for work and to fuel my body for tonights run, 14 miles around the outskirts of Salisbury.

Also I need a sign off,  something to end my blogs with like a news reporter ending a broadcast.  All ideas welcome.

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