Yesterday someone on Twitter asked me if I was aware how bad for my health running could be? If I realised that running more than 25 miles a week was possibly counter-productive? And my answer was yes and yes! I had, like most runners, read the latest research that linked running excessively at excess speeds (Phew, I’m ok there) with possible wear and tear on the heart.
I Will Run For Those That Helped Me Walk
Great Video here explaining the theory.
Although I was participating in Run the World (7 days of 5Ks in support of Doc Andrew Murray) I was aware that just maybe my body needed a little bit more rest.
So I told him that I like running….but that is only half the truth. I’ve realised that my need to run (I jumped out the car, the other day-I was the passenger!- and ran to work) is also driven by my childhood disability and by all those (myself included) that doubted me, at first.
I want to run because I never thought I could and I want to run to help those that help others . So this weekend I’ll add another 13 miles to the 30 I’ve already done this week when I take part in the Wobbly Williams Half Marathon and then in May 2013, when I run in the Edinburgh Marathon, I’ve decided to try and repay those that helped me walk. Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.
Without the care and attention I received there, my childhood (which wasn’t all fun and games) would have been much harder.
I appreciate that I’ve been relatively lucky. While I couldn’t walk, I was otherwise healthy and although my father’s method of parenting was questionable (and possibly illegal), my mum’s love has always been unwavering and unconditional.
So come May, I’ll be donning a Yorkhill T-shirt and when I’m struggling, I’ll remember those days trussed up in traction and the frustration and pain I felt as I tried to walk unaided, only to fall after a few steps.