A Challenging 2018, So Far.

Just a short one, as I’m planning to do fortnightly training updates, starting soon…

‘Running and Sobriety’. That’s the title of my blog site, so let’s start with sobriety – and prescription medicines.

I stopped taking mood stabilisers over a year ago. I had a brief stint on anti-depressants, but I haven’t taken those for a few months. Booze? I’m not sure exactly how long I’ve been sober, but it’s been a long time for me. I know that most recovering alcoholics know the exact date that they stopped drinking. I’ve always tried to put that out of my mind, otherwise I think about it every day and I find that a struggle.

These days, I can do without the drink and other medication as long as I’m active, to a large extent with running, but walking and cycling as well.

The fact that I’ve been injured for most of the year so far (155 miles run from January to May), would normally lead me back to bad habits and dark days but, somehow, this year has been different.

I’ve hated not being able to run properly and achieve any running goals, but I have ‘self-helped’ myself through injury, mainly using hip exercises from an NHS physiotherapy programme, and I seem to have come out the other side, free of injury, still sober, medicine-free and raring to go.

My first target for June? Run 10k, for the first time since July 2017. I did that on the morning of the 1st of June…

10k 1st June

So what’s next? I’m not going to get carried away, as the last thing I want to do is to injure myself again.

My first race target will be the Great Eastern Run in October, and then I will look to register for my first marathon, probably to take place in April/May next year. In between times I’ll just concentrate on being healthy, sticking to a training plan and probably run some 10k races.


My ultimate aim is to regain the form and level of fitness that I attained throughout 2016 and early 2017, but that is some way off from where I am now, and I’m happy to work towards it again, slowly.

Well, it’s another steady run for me this weekend before I really concentrate on getting myself in condition to train well for future races.

I’ll keep you posted…



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