15 Feb – Strike A Pose…

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From geek.com, where more Shrek delights await. Parental Advisory: this site contains images not suitable for children, and I’m not sure they’re any better for adults.

Another day passes, and yet another day without a run (sigh). The upside is though is that Mr JCR and I are in Arnhem for a Winter Wonderland and Fairytale birthday party.

The downside is that one of the friends of our friends is threatening to turn up as a naked Shrek. Green and with dangly bits, it doesn’t bear thinking about, especially for an outdoor barbecue in February. In case your imagination doesn’t stretch that far, here is a pic, so you can enjoy the same nightmare I did last night.

To the more serious bit about running, it is now just on five weeks without a run, and in that time five sets of physio. The good news is the pain is improving, the bad is that it’s not improving anywhere near quickly enough. But I have exercises to do and they seem to help. I am giving myself a mental limit to the end of February to start back running in earnest.

My running limit is 2km per run (as advised by my Physio) I must not run again until the aching subsides – presently that’s been five or six days, most of the pain is centred around the IT band, and it’s being very stubborn in attempts to sort it out.

The exercise regime includes squats, lunges and a crab type thing with buttock squeezes – and when I am being pummelled by the Physio, I more or less have to adopt the Shrek position above.

If I don’t start running soon my buttocks will also resemble Shrek’s. That is my update – an update where nothing is happening. Although I have a feeling that if a naked Shrek does appear on Saturday night, I’ll soon find my running capability comes back very quickly.

More next week, when Mert, Victor and the unnamed lady physio, will be doing their very best to get me moving again.





6 Aug – Houston, We Have A Problem


This quote is not the real quote, it’s become changed over time. But Houston, we do have a problem, or rather I do have a problem.

It’s a (for me) world record beating migraine – 4 days and counting. So that’s approximately 25 kilometres not run.

And I don’t know what to do….

Triggers include:

  • red wine
  • chocolate
  • wine
  • alcohol
  • processed foods/meats
  • sugar
  • dairy
  • coffee
  • sun
  • bright lights
  • temperature
  • air pressure
  • dehydration
  • HRT
  • certain types of exercise including running!

And yes, I eat/drink, experience all of these during a typical summer in Italy.  Tried no alcohol – doesn’t make any difference, but alcohol does prolong the misery.

Tried no chocolate, that was just depressing.

Managed a day without coffee – no difference. Bright sun worsens it, so presently am living like a mole, popping ibuprofen, avoiding alcohol and drinking water like a fish.

That’s it, no runs to report –  and am seriously pissed off. Fingers crossed for tomorrow…, as I’m eating into my excess kms…

Playlist – none

Stats – none

Alzheimer’s Challenge – no further forward than last time