Middle aged? Overweight? Don’t let that put you off.
#STILLRUNNING #STILLRIDING #STILLLIVING
Have you ever been told you can’t do something- but then did it anyway?
Didn’t it feel amazing when you did- especially knowing you were told you couldn’t?
I am a 47-year-old man from North Devon. My background is non-competitive cycling- mainly of the weekend warrior type (and not very good at that!). I have kept fit all my life, cycling and running. I have never been more than a weekend warrior- enjoying with a passion what I do, but never fully committing to compete more.
I have run 2 marathons before, both less successful than I set out to be. The first I completed in October 2011 in a time of 4 hours 40 minutes; the second was the London Marathon in 2013, with a time of 5 hours 28 minutes 30 seconds. Both slower than I would have liked, but I am proud to have finished a marathon twice.
All was going well… but then it all changed in September 2015, when I was taken ill. Months of testing and tests showed I have Angina, with one of my three heart veins 70% blocked. Although not bad enough yet to need angioplasty, it is enough to restrict my exercising. And although this diagnosis is now being reviewed- I need some more tests soon, but the Doctors are hoping that it is actually a gastric problem as opposed to a heart problem- I still need to monitor and restrict my higher end when exercising.
So when my ballot place in the Virgin London Marathon 2017 came through as successful, it has inspired me to see what I can do- what people can do with angina. Yes, I have limits- heart, weight, age, stiff legs, poor balance- but I am determined to there at the finishing line along the mall in April. If I can inspire one person to say’yes, I can- despite what is holding me back’- then it will all have been worth it.
Sadly, due to a hip strain, I have had to defer my place in the 2017 event until 2018. However, I am very excited about this- it will give me further time to develop my running and ensure that 2018 will be an amazing year.
#STILL is the story of my training in North Devon-
because yes, I am #stillrunning, #stillriding and #stillliving