Detours in life

For those of you who have been following my running journey so far, will know that i suffered an injury whilst running the Reading Half Marathon. Whilst at the time, i thought it was just another twinge, when i went for a run the following Tuesday, i had so much pain after the first few stepsĀ i had to step off the Treadmill immediately.

After having had numerous visits to the physio, i am still recovering from what was a back injury. But i stubbornly persisted and tried to keep running within a certain pain threshold.

I ran Brighton Marathon in agony for the whole 26.2 miles, but i was committed to finish, whatever the time. Even during the filming of the race i was determined not to show the pain or talk it, i was keeping happy thoughts in my head and even making up my own songs to keep me going. I felt like stopping so many times, but something kept me going and going and going!

After all the training i had done up to the injury at Reading Half Marathon, it was heart breaking to not be able to run at my full potential. I really wanted to better my time at Frankfurt Marathon from back in October last year, but it was not to be.

I had to take a detour.

The running had to be put on hold, whilst my body healed from the injury.

With this detour, like often happens in life, we can deal with it in a number of ways. We can get frustrated and angry, or we can be patient and learn from our mistakes.

For me, i have learnt more in past few weeks about my body and how to listen to my body, diet, recovery and more. I have immersed myself in ways that i can improve and ensure that i do not repeat the same mistakes and how i can become a better athlete.

And above all, it has also taught me patience.

My next Marathon race is not until 5th November at New York City, so i should have adequate time to train back up to the fitness and speed i had before Reading Half Marathon and hope to improve again.

In addition to learning patience, i have also put the extra spare time to good use and keeping in the spirit to doing something i can’t, i decided to start a weekly VLOG about my weekly progress, running, eating and whatever i decide on the day of recording!

I’ve called it WEGU, which is for Weekly Exclusive Guru Update and below is the second instalment and would love if you Like the video and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

So as you can see, i may of taken a detour with the running and will hope to be soon back on course!


Run Guru Run

Are you a self proclaimed Running Guru?

This is a question that has occasionally appeared with my new followers on Social Media.

For those of you who have been following me on Social Media for the past 20 months or so, will know that i started running. So i wanted to have a name for the accounts that reflected what i do and my online identity. Having this blog and being a Forrest Gump fan, it was a straight forward selection based on Run Forrest Run, but instead of going for Run The Reluctant Guru Run, which is quite a mouthful, i just went with RunGuruRun.

So for those who have not been following my running journey, it’s understandable to think that i may be some kind of self proclaimed “Guru” at running.

But then again, running only my second marathon in 6 months at the age of 55 in a time of 3 hours and 15 minutes, for some, that makes me a GURU!

You can watch my Boston Qualifying marathon run here and be sure to Like and Subscribe to my YouTube channel.