Hello Everyone, it’s Training Buddy here with a rare guest blog post.
If you have been following Claire’s recent updates you’re probably already aware of her idea of dedicating her party sessions to someone who cannot run for themselves.
When she first told me about the idea I thought it was simply brilliant. The vicarious running serves both people who can run, but perhaps need a little external motivation or validation for their run, and those who are currently unable to run.
As someone who has suffered from a some poor health recently, the inability to run was really highlighted. It’s not just the health benefits of the run that I missed but the emotional enjoyment and feeling of freedom as trainers hit tarmac, exploring and enjoying the world one stride at a time.
Little did I realise that I would have an opportunity to run for someone else so soon…you see Claire, I and a number of friends attended a fantastic 3 day long seminar in London with such luminary speakers as Sir Richard Branson, Anthony Robbins and Lord Sugar.
The seminar started with a bang courtesy of Tony Robbins and all was going well up until an ill thought out Freebie Frisbee throw caused a mini stampede on top of Claire! The net result of several hours in the Emergency department was a diagnosis of Severe Sprains to her neck and shoulders in addition to a lot of bad bruising and damaged muscles 😦
Fast forward to this morning and Claire is bed-ridden with pulled back muscles and the neck and shoulder sprains all conspiring to keep her in bed and, unfortunately, in a lot of pain.
So, it was my turn to do something for Claire, following her inspiring idea and example. I would lend her my legs and complete her regular run for her.
iPod charged, running app initiated, a few quick stretches stretched and Claire’s virtual run began…
Up the street, round the corner, two right turns and left and my first morning encounter (I’ll ignore the bicycling paperboy who ignored me as I tried to get an initial Hi-Five and hello from), a little old lady out walking a lab. Fuss made of the bouncing canine and the run continued…
Keeping true to the inspiration for this run, I (vicariously for Claire) made a fuss of two standard poodles, a King Charles Spaniel and a Beagle carrying a small toy beagle in his snout.
Unlike Claire my Hi-Five attempts were far from successful, though I think this has a lot to do with the probably imposing visage of my bulky self barrelling down the street, red-faced and sweating like a politician at a public enquiry 😉
Still, my legs were lent, Claire’s marathon training log inched another 5K towards her target and I was blessed with the opportunity of doing something special for someone special, someone who is a daily inspiration to me.
So this run was for you Claire! While the recovery continues I imagine there’ll be one or two more runs completed for you too.
Training Buddy 🙂