Hi, the past couple of weeks were spent running about (but no training). The Ridgeway 85 and breaking in the new shoes left my feet sore and inflamed the tendons across the top of the foot. So, notwithstanding that I really wanted to get out there and run….I was a good lad and rested. Sort of… Zoomed around on the motorbike and dug my allotment.
Yes. I have an allotment. It’s good for the kids and even though digging like a mad thing causes my right arm and hand to shake like crazy, the end results are worth it. I am a veg king and we are eating organic veg for next to nothing! I guess that the urge to become a urban farmer is the belief that you are what you eat. It has to help and at least my boys and Aurelie benefit…a feel good factor indeed. Shame that eating organic is not an effective treatment for Parkinson’s.
The campaign for the £1million is coming on. Q (Helen at Cure Parkinsons Trust) has been organising sponsor packs for corporates and marshalled the troops for the next meet for the documentary. She really is a wonder and puts up with my phone calls after 9pm…above and beyond the call of duty, I say!!! I have also decided that I need to get celebs who suffer from Parkinsons or that have close friends and family who are sufferers to join the cause. Harder than you may imagine. I just hope that my emails to those (presently not to be named) elicit the required results. I am still waiting…will let you know if anything happens.
Back to training and ran a couple of 10k’s over last weekend…the half marathon looms and the feet are still sore. A trip to see Mr Paul Martin (see sponsors page) certainly did the trick on Wednesday. The foot feels better notwithstanding that I’d been to Judo the night before. Check out Paul and if you have a sporting injury…well, you’d be in good hands.
I decided to start up Judo again after 25+ years, as my two lads were doing it and I thought that before I become to shakey, I should give it a go. It has been a learning experience. Gary Marcham who runs the club on a Tuesday evening at Trinity Hall, Henley-on-Thames (email@example.com or call 07717 492592), is a good instructor who is passionate about judo…and he really knows his stuff. Apart from discovering that you never (thankfully) forget how to breakfall, the time spent with my lads is great! The class that could do with more participation is the seniors (adult) class at 7 – 8pm. If you live in and around the Henley area and are interested, give Gary a call or turn up.
Big news of the week, is that both Rich Merry (www.justgiving.com/richard-merry) and I are now sponsored by X-Bionic (http://www.x-bionic.com) “winners of the Plus X awards and with over 200 test victories to their product’s name, X-Bionic kit is certainly impressive. The guys from X-Bionic liked our challenge and the cause and have decided to give both of us running gear to test and review. Please check out their website for more product information and news and watch this site for forthcoming reviews.
Still looking for a company that wants to advertise its brand to over 120 million people across the EU. I am seeking funding for the Marathon des Sables 2010. If you believe you can help and are interested in discussing this opportunity, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Out for a slow half marathon today… ’till next time, spread the word. Thanks for reading….