Sooo… there now follows very little at all about running. This is because I have done very little running at all.
Since that triathlon I did last month, I have run one less time than the number of EU referendums the UK has had.
Now I’m not sure if it’s the cause or the effect… if it’s to do with the lack of running or the result of the referendum… but my motivation has been on a fairly low ebb recently.
My Garmin will tell you I have been running…but it’s lying. I’ve been playing tennis while wearing it so I can see what distance I’ve been covering and still get ‘BOUNTS‘ points. (I’ve written about them before, I’ve effectively earned £15 so far this year for free, just doing the little bit of activity I already do. If you’re looking for a Bounts referral code, use avery1132 or just click the link for 100 free points when you do your first activity.)
Smallest child has taken up tennis (instead of dancing) which starts at 9am on a Saturday, so that’s parkrun off the agenda for the foreseeable future. I don’t mind that. Just glad that she is being active and enjoying it. The biggest child has been doing a lot of tennis too (more about that later), and thankfully, the same sport has been keeping me active in this non-running month.
It’s weird that I enjoyed the triathlon so much, ran a great 5k time considering the swim and bike beforehand, and yet have done nothing to do with running since. In part this may be due to the dodgy left ankle which seems to flare up after any exercise recently. It may also just be a bit of the post-race blues that I often get.- does anyone else get that? Oh… and putting a bit of my recent weight loss back where it came from. Here’s a picture of just how unmotivated I’ve been…. I have a brand spanking new pair of some of my favourite running shoes in the cupboard – unworn – tags still attatched… and they’ve been there for four weeks. Even their presence can’t persuade me outside yet.
I have signed up to one of the free 5k decathlon race series in September and a local 10k in November/December (I can’t remember exactly), so I have something to work towards at some point at least…and a bit of work to do beforehand.
So I really have been ‘Not Much Of a Runner’ recently. My thoughts a few years ago of doing an Ironman before my 40th birthday will remain as just that – thoughts. I did look into it, but the cost financially and physically have me beat(en) before I’ve started. There’s a reason not many people do one. Mine is not one of those inspirational ‘Can do’ blogs I’m afraid. If you want one though, go and check out www.runslikeadog.wordpress.com and read about Cathy, who is two weeks away from doing her first Ironman .
It’s been all about the tennis for me and my boy. With the help of a little bit of luck, he was selected to go onto Centre Court at the Nottingham Women’s Open Tennis to go and toss the coin at the start of the quarter final match featuring the British player ‘Tara Moore’ (who lost incidentally) – obviously a highly specialised job that only a ten year old can do.
Him doing that meant that my daughter, my wife, and I got free tickets for the day and we saw some great tennis. I also got free tickets earlier in the week thanks to the tennis club I play for. The following weeks thanks to another internet competition I’d entered, we got free tickets to the semi-finals of the challenger tour (kind of like the equivalent to the Championship as opposed to the Premiership – to use an English football comparison – and I won’t mention English football again). This involved a lovely drive to Ilkley, Yorkshire and the prize also included a grass court coaching session on that morning. I hat a bit of a hit too but pretty much left my son to it for a couple of hours before settling in to watch some more great tennis.
As a result of yet another competition, I then won free tickets to the men’s ATP event in Nottingham on the Monday (I had already taken the week off work) but anticipating it would be chucking it down, I cycled there and back home so at least I got some exercise despite only seeing 20 minutes of tennis before needing to collect the kids from school.
However I then got a message from the competition people saying that as it was such a washout on the Monday, and one of their other winners was unable to accept their free tickets for the Tuesday, would I like them. Well yes I would indeed, I said. So I cycled again on the Tuesday and this time got a bit sunburnt.
On the Wednesday, I actually already had paid-for tickets that I’d purchased months ago (see, I do actually contribute sometimes) and I cycled in once more, but this time I had a friend collecting the kids from school and I wouldn’t have to leave early and I could relax a bit.
Logic would dictate that carrying a bottle of bubbly for over half an hour on the bike and then opening it would only have one result. Well it did… and the cork landed – as I was helpfully informed by the security personnel – on court number 3! oops.
No more free tickets since then. I’m not going to Wimbledon this year. Maybe my son will get good enough in about 15 years to qualify there and I’ll get my free tickets then.
I’ve been playing tennis as well, though – I’ve bought a new racquet AND tennis shoes, and I’m working my way through the rounds of my club’s own championship so will be playing in the semi-final soon… most likely to be against our club’s coach… mmmm… I know this is supposed to be a running blog, but I’ll let you know how much I lose by.