Today I said goodbye to Fat Tony for ever !! (@fattonygoeskito), as I left Darlington, and headed south.
I will never see him again !! When I return in December, he will hopefully have lost over 20kg (44lbs) and become Slim Tony 👍
He is starting on a low carb diet combined with exercise.
Today I persuaded him to do his first ever Parkrun, and amazingly for guy who ways 100kg (220lbs) I was super impressed that he ran the whole way and managed a very respectable 35mins.
Follow his progress on @fattonygoeskito, he is a funny guy, I am sure his posts will be hilarious as he struggles to adapt to his new healthy lifestyle.
I met @marcodelwattsio at Ashton Court Parkrun today for the first time as part of the @run_around_europe event.
As we spoke briefly at the start I mumbled that today was going to hurt. The first 2.5km literally is a huge hill. I shared my struggles of running since Race to the Stones. I knew today was going to really hurt and I actually was very nervous and anxious about it.
As we slowly made our way up the hill, I told Mark that when he needs to, just continue on as my speed was rather slow for him. It said it was fine. He also continued to do two things.
1. Said hello to so many people, probably at least 50! Popular guy!
2. Every runner we passed, he cheered for them.
Today, I shared a #whatifirunwithyou moment with @marcodelwattsio, however it was himself who acted it, rather then asking it.
At the final 50 meters we counted down a 'sprint'. It was more of a waddle however as we neared the finish, Mark stopped so I would beat him.
Truly touched by the community today and of my new mate Mark. @marcodelwattsio you really made my Parkrun incredible and I'm grateful for your selflessness. I look forward to the day when I can ask, what if I run with you?
This is literally the worst race photo of m ever. But it proves a point!
Parkrun was hard today, I borderline hated it.
I started way too fast clocking 5.30 which i know is unrealistically fast for me to maintain.
After the first 0.5k it felt like my chest was on fire. I couldnt breath properly, I kept coughing.
I hated it. I hated running in that moment. But i carried on.
Runner after runner went past me, including a few joggers with dogs.
I pushed and pushed kept just putting one foot in front of the other.
I miraculously finished in 39.56! How long have I been chasing sub 40 before last weekend?! On what felt like the worse possible run I did something I previously thought impossible.
There is a lesson here - even when you think you are making no progress, or hating every second; you are getting faster, you are getting stronger, you can do anything
It's not always about time. Today's parkrun was one of my slowest ever - not because I wasn't running hard but due to the steep hill we had to complete twice, the single file path and the trail terrain. If I just thought about the 5K and my time, at 26.42, it wasn't a good run for me. But if i think about effort, strength on the up and downhill (someone told me I looked fearless on the downhills!) and the fun of exploring our new local parkrun then it was an awesome run. I run for fun, not just for time. Hope everyone else had a great parkrun this morning #richmondmarathon#richmondready#runrichmond#marathontraining#parkrun#5k