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The Running Man – part deux

More training musings from Marathon Mike Tattam.

They say ‘the work doesn’t start until the pain kicks in’, then I must be working very hard – boy are my calves sore!

Well I suppose that’s what you get for running over 70 miles in the month, and when I think about it it’s only going to get worse. It was my choice to run The London Marathon so I’ve no one else to blame.


I increased my running schedule in November with longer 10 mile runs at weekends and between 5 and 7 miles twice in the week. Now some interesting observations about running in the Cotswolds is, firstly don’t let everyone tell you how bad light pollution is, I can assure you this is not the case everywhere. The pot hole I found last Thursday night and the subsequent twist of an ankle is testament to my observation. I must put a head torch on my Christmas list.


Secondly, why is it that when you are running along a road in the rain at night cars think it’s fun to drive into a puddle and cover you in cold muddy water? Now if it isn’t bad enough that this happens, you’d think a Police car would take a bit more care, especially the second time round….is it me?


Thirdly, If you’re running in November avoid the 5th. If the cordite from the fireworks isn’t bad enough the sticks from the rockets coming down in front of you could be considered challenging. The friendliest people on the planet are cyclists at 8.30am on a Sunday morning. Two weeks ago I was half way through my 10 mile run when I was passed by the local Dursley cycling club peloton, there must have been 30-40 of them. Now I know people exaggerate but seriously every single one whizzed passed me calling out a cheery ‘good morning’ as they free wheeled down the hill I was running up, so not only am I puffing like an old steam train running up hill I’m now calling out ‘morning’ to 40 men in lycra. By the time they’d passed me I thought I was going to keel over due to lack of breath. During the rest of the run I had to contend with people on horses, classic cars and a dog that decided that it owned the road and didn’t want to let me pass. All of which is challenging but the best part was at 9.5 miles the same group of cyclist passed me again but this time with cheery ‘oh hello again’ or ‘hello having fun’ another 40 times, by this point they got a very lacklustre wave of a hand, sorry but it was the best I could do.


So that was my running in November, next stop December and Christmas! A big thank you to my sponsors this month for their donations and kind support – they are: Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants, the Builders Merchants Federation, Andy Williamson, Simon Clubb, Bill Sumner, John Poore, Gill & Dave Moore, Simon Smith, Andrew Ward, Richard Warrington, Tony Smith, Clive Burren, Ross Snape, Tom O’Neill and Graham Bushby. And a big thanks to Simon Lawson for his continuing support. To date I have raised over £1,000, taking me over the half way mark of the £2,000 I need to raise.


Please go to my JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mike-tattam and donate as much as you can in aid of a very worthy cause. Thank you.

About Guest Blogger - The Running Man

Mike Tattam is sales and marketing director of Lakes Bathrooms

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