So I know what you're all wondering. How's the running going?
Well. It was going great - until I got my first ever sports injury. Ouch. I don't know what I was doing wrong but my knee started to really hurt every time I put my foot down. Which was quite inconvenient really.
I googled "knee pain running" and found all sorts of very technical sites about anatomy and running techniques and words like 'pronating' which I had to look up in the dictionary and...oh, it was bewildering, to be honest. Too much information. Didn't understand. Too complicated.
Anyway, I was plunged into doom and gloom - ohhh, I'll never be able to do it now! etc and had to return to a go-slow and wear a stretchy knee bandage which has all been a bit dispiriting.
Today, though, I ran for 22 minutes on the treadmill and managed 3.43 km which made me feel better. So I am aiming to build up to 4km by the end of next week, and then hopefully I will be on for 5km by 1st June...
For all that, though, I still haven't braved it into the outside world. It's stupid but I'm slightly worried that the sight of my tomato face will reduce infants to sobs of fear, my thunderous thighs will make Bath Abbey sway and tumble to the ground and people everywhere will point and stare at me. Lovely Partner has been very encouraging and has persuaded me to go running with him this Friday morning while our youngest is at playgroup but he is like a lean, lithe greyhound whereas I am more of your fat Labrador that's been at the Easter Eggs.
*sigh* Wish me luck. And if you see news reports that Bath Abbey has plunged to destruction on Friday, don't let on that it was me.
PS I've got a new children's book out this week - Happy Birthday Oliver Moon! which Amazon are selling for a rather tasty £2.99... a bargain, frankly!