This was what my fishmonger asked me, having expressed surprise that I was still running, despite having met my 2018km Alzheimer’s Challenge.
And I don’t have one – yet. Clearly I can’t run 2019ms in 2019, otherwise last year’s effort won’t be a standout achievement and as I am typing this with a runner’s ailment beginning with a ‘p’, most probably caused by overrunning, then I need a new one.
I have a variety of things to consider:-
I like running – mainly because I can do it
I have kettlebells – vampire kettlebells hiding in the wardrobe, as I have a frozen shoulder type issue and my left arm can just about pick a flower up, therefore one side kettlebell training is not great
I quite fancy a go at boxing (not with people, just a punchbag) – but see above re dodgy shoulder
My core is a soft squidgy excuse of a core and if I had a stronger one then I could be a better runner
I appear to have a running ailment requiring physio
I’ve almost persuaded myself to run a half marathon in aid of dementia in Italy and more to the point invited Gill my running buddy to join me.
Therefore, my ‘plan’ such as it is, is:-
- get the ‘p’ ailment sorted
- get the shoulder sorted
- start doing some non-running exercise as determined by a physio/personal trainer
- then work on the half marathon training
10th January update – I have now been to physio (big shout out to London Metropolitan University Science Centre), where Mut and Victor put me through my paces, under the supervision of Rafaella. What a find this is, final year MSC students needing practice and bargain basement prices, and a really good session.
I went from Jancanrun to Jancanyelp. Mut and Victor are smiling assassins, first off the shoulder is being treated for an impingement and now I have some new movement; after the pair of them took it in turns to apply friendly but serious pressure. This may mean in time I can put on a bra without needing to adopt the hook swoosh method. The hip has been diagnosed initially, treatment starts next week as I should have booked two appointments this time.
In the meantime, it’s shorter gentler runs for me, so as not to make the hip worse.
Part 1 of the plan is started.