The view from the treadmill

Well, the ankle is doing much better. The swelling is down, it’s pain-free when I walk and only hurts a little when I do circles or I’m knelt down. Paulette told me that after her ankle twist, she took 10 days off. We’re off to Tahoe today and I REALLY want to run in Tahoe so I might try a little slow, easy shuffle at the weekend, but I’m prepared to stop if it hurts at all.

As ever, not being able to run makes me WANT to run, big-style! I see people out running and feel envious! It made me realise how much I love running and how ingrained it is in me and in my sense of identity. Clearly this is a minor injury, I don’t mean to dramatise it, but it’s been thought-provoking.

However, there is no pain at all when I walk, so after taking the weekend off totally, I’ve spent an hour on the treadmill for the past two nights, walking 4 miles. I thought I’d hate it but I’ve really enjoyed it – my legs feel fatigued and I feel much perkier! I’ve spent those hours watching running films on Youtube and I’ve found a couple I want to share.

1) The Runners

This beautiful, 11-minute film is based in a wintry London where the cameraman asks runners incredibly personal questions whilst they’re running. The honesty of their answers is really touching – particularly the guy with the sick Dad. Watch this, you’ll love it.

2) North Face Ultra-Trail de Mont Blanc

This 30 minute Eurosport coverage isn’t perfect (there are ad-breaks, including one incongruously for a Motor-GP) but the running and the BREATHTAKING views are astounding. I challenge you to watch the Average Joe runner* at minute 28 with severe muscle spasm finish the race, twisted like Quasimodo, and not shed a tear!


* Average Joe = not-a-pro! He is most decidedly NOT average.

3) The Fruitarian runs the Western States 100

I didn’t warm particularly to the guy in this film but the footage of Western States is so inspiring. If anyone’s up for a camping trip next June to go and spectate and cheer, let me know!

Hope you enjoy the videos!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Glad your ankle is improving and I know what you mean about wanting to run when you can’t! The mountains are beautiful in the Western States video and in Tahoe (I hope to go there someday)!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks! A belated Happy Thanksgiving – Tahoe’s wifi isn’t great but oh it’s beautiful!

  2. Brianna says:

    Good to hear the ankle is on the mend. It was great meeting you on Sunday! Hopefully we can set up another meet up sometime soon. Have a great time in Tahoe!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Sorry for the late reply…the wifi in Tahoe is pretty rubbish but it’s pretty gorgeous. Anyway – it was really lovely to meet you too! Will be great to run with you too at some point!

  3. I’m glad your are on the mend. Enjoy your vacation!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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