THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF MY BRAIN HAEMORRHAGE

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​​This picture was taken in April 2009 at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, a few days after I'd awoken from a coma following my brain haemorrhage. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of my brush with death, I SHALL BE RUNNING THE LONDON MARATHON 2019. 

The plan is to raise money for the Brain and Spine Foundation, to help those who have not been as lucky as me in making a virtually full recovery. My biggest hurdle is nothing to do with my illness and subsequent brain surgeries (twice whilst awake - I'm proud of that!), but that of running injuries. After managing to run the Cardiff 10km in the 1980s, when I was in my mid-20s, in under 40 minutes with relatively little training, I developed a knee injury which would prohibit me from running much over 1km without having to stop completely. 

Having given up running for over 30 years, I have discovered that the problem was less to do with my knee and more to do with my running style which was creating too much impact as my heels struck the ground. 

Initially, the training seemed to be going well, managing to run TEN miles after only SEVEN weeks of training. This, alas, was my downfall, as I had done too much too soon. It was all too much for my right hip, and I had to stop running for two months. This didn't stop me from going to the gym regularly, cross-training to keep up my stamina by rowing, cycling, swimming and weight training to build up muscle to protect my joints. It has now become a delicate exercise, maintaining my fitness while not causing any damage. I have had to give up dancing to concentrate solely on my marathon preparations as it was adding to my injuries - I'd say that it was probably the biggest factor in my joint problems. 

Now, my initial target of completing the 26 miles within 4 hours seems to be fading away, and completion is my only goal. I need to do it in 6 hours to offically finish (that's when they close the finish line) which is roughly at a pace of 13.5 minutes per mile. Today, I did 6.6 miles (a quarter of the course) at a pace of just under 13 minutes per mile. I didn't get out of breath and my joints were fine, although they're aching a bit now. I could have continued at that pace for 26 miles quite easily, so with 6 months to go, I'm confident about completing London Marathon 2019.

I have set up a Just Giving page. By entering the London Marathon, I have pledged to raise at least £1,800 for The Brain and Spine Foundation. Please check it out below and feel free to donate if you wish.

3rd November 2018











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I created this whilst thinking about Martin Davies in the 1980s when he'd completed the London Marathon in 2 hours and 36 minutes. If at first you don't understand it, give it 30 seconds or so and all will become clear.
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