Be careful what you wish for

At the end of my last post I said that I’d really like a few weeks of uninterrupted running. Well it hasn’t happened.

Monday morning I woke up with a stiff neck. Just like I’d slept a bit funny. I thought it would wear off, the way a cricked neck usually does. No. This has steadily got worse over the last few days such that Tuesday I drove home being unable to turn my head far enough to look in my mirrors – especially the near side wing mirror. Stayed at home Wednesday, and went to the GP. I’ve got torticollis – twisted neck. Thanks. I could have worked that out. It should ease, but if it doesn’t I could be prescribed muscle relaxants.

One thing has become rather apparent – it’s amazing how much work your neck does without you ever noticing. It’s only when it goes wrong that you realise quite how much movement relies on this. It hurts to move, it hurts to stay still, it hurts to lie down. I don’t deal well with pain.

However, late on Wednesday it did start to loosen. Thursday I could move about 45 degrees in each direction and it’s got steadily better since then.

So today I did run. Hurrah! In another pair of new shoes. Double hurrah!! These will be fed into training such that, come marathon day, they’re nicely worked in, but still fresh and bouncy. Same model, but a different colourway – white & flourescent yellow – you’re not going to miss me in them!

Anyway, back to the running. It was the club ladies run, followed by coffee & cake. I forgot to take the Garmin, but it’s a bit over 5 miles (depending on how much doubling back you do) and took us under an hour, which is a reasonable rate of knots. I did have cake, as it was Sarah’s birthday earlier in the week, and she bought carrot cake in to share. It was very nice and not at all too sweet.

Long run tomorrow, so see you then.

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