Rest, recovery and regrouping

A nice run with Geth this morning…

…as I wanted a lie-in and a shorter run today, and Geth was still feeling the after-effects of being on a drip in hospital on Friday and so needed to stretch his legs a bit. It was really nice to run together, and it felt like a real rest day after all the Sunday long runs I’ve been doing for the last few months. I’ve got more of an idea now of what my running is going to look like up until the point where marathon training resumes in June, but I still need to spend the next few days working out the finer details.

I’ve been able to spend most of the rest of the day playing other people’s game jam entries, which has been really relaxing. Ready to try and get back to some semblance of normal tomorrow.

If we do end up in lockdown for the coronavirus, I couldn’t ask for a better quarantine buddy. Very happy to have Geth home right now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’


I finally got back down under 30 minutes at parkrun this morning…

…but everything feels very Bizarro World at the moment, and so I’ve not really been able to enjoy the achievement. It’s looking likely that today’s parkrun was the last in the UK for a while. The Edinburgh Marathon Festival announced their postponement this morning, meaning that neither Geth nor I will have a long race to run now until the autumn. The Social Run Group at the Up & Running shop is still going for now (though meeting outside the shop rather than inside), so that may be the only running-with-people that I do for the foreseeable future. I don’t know if I’ll go to tomorrow’s session, though, because it’s eight miles and I quite fancy a shorter Sunday run now that marathon training has been postponed! I’ll see how I feel in the morning.

Geth is now safely home with me – Heulwen drove him back to Newcastle this afternoon. He’s not a hundred percent yet, but I’m hoping that a good night’s sleep and a day or so recovering will sort him out. Medical investigations will be instigated as soon as we can.

Everything feels very strange at the moment, not just running. With the coronavirus we can’t be certain that any of the events we’ve got planned in the next few months will go ahead, and because the situation is changing by the day, nobody can really make plans for anything. Geth and I are planners by necessity, as we have so many hobbies and other things going on – we always have a pretty good idea what our entire year looks like at the start of January – and so having to play things by ear is a bit new and uncomfortable.

The whole thing is a good excuse to get lost in some videogames, I feel. Fictional worlds are a bit more familiar than the real one at the moment.

Venice, 2010
Another lifetime. Venice, ten years ago, when I was still heavy and unfit. I love Northern Italy and am sad that they’re struggling so much with the pandemic. Looking forward to going back one day when this has all blown over.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’
Will Powers – ‘Kissing With Confidence’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Tim Minchin – ‘Prejudice’

The mother of all Friday the 13ths

A lovely relaxed run back and forth from my counselling appointment…

…and that’s where today’s good vibes ended.

While enjoying my post-run snack, I got a text from Geth’s colleague telling me that Geth had been taken ill while at a meeting in Stevenage and subsequently hospitalised. This led to an afternoon of phoning around trying to find out what on earth was going on, the realisation that he’d been discharged from the hospital while still not himself, and finally an evening of worry while Heulwen and Laura drove down to Stevenage to pick him up. They’ve got him now and he’s sounding a lot more compos mentis, so I’m looking forward to having him home tomorrow.

In the middle of all that, the news came out that the London Marathon has been postponed to October due to the coronavirus, so those 17-milers in the stormy weather have all been for naught. On any other day, I would have been devastated about this, but today I’ve been so worried about Geth that it’s easy to put it into perspective. The training that I’ve done so far meant that I got a PB at Inverness on Sunday that I hadn’t even dared to dream of, and the marathon has been postponed rather than cancelled, meaning that I will still get to run it this year. Just means the Great Scottish Run (which takes place on the same October weekend, and which I had been planning to do this year) will have to wait for another day!

Currently curled up on the sofa for the traditional viewing of Friday the 13th, a film about some people having a marginally worse day than me. Honestly, I’m finding it quite relaxing.

Friday the 13th DVD
Camp Crystal Lake and strip Monopoly, I am coming for you.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’
The Knack – ‘My Sharona’
Icona Pop and Charli XCX – ‘I Love It’