mr boon

•February 18, 2018 • Leave a Comment

so let me get one thing
absolutely clear
he hasn’t seen him since

out with the old, in with

the rehab continues this week
with a third visit to physio
(probes, deep manipulations, new exercises)
a 10k race and
hec
a rest day too
that would be friday

that wood

his back all considered
is, how should we put this
is, cooperating
hmm 85% there?

but a 40 mile week
a 42:17 10k
and 13.6 miles sunday longish run
ran
satisfying

the big half in two weeks now
appears almost possible
where only
so recentish, it

so what about newport?

‘well what about newport’
will you be there
will you
be

come on now
he’s not seen you since
swansea
after
all

big, beautiful battersea and a spot of sri chinmoy 10k guns drawn at dawn

12/02/2018 AM PM
Monday 2.3 Miles – recovery 20 Rest
Tuesday 6.2 Miles – around regents 49’33 (7’55) Rest
Physio & massage & further exercise regime
Wednesday 4.3 Miles 2 o&b + 8x strides Rest
Thursday 4.3 Miles – hammersmith/putney loop (7’45) Rest
Friday Rest – end of 15/d streaky – rest required Rest
Saturday 9 Miles 2.7 w/u – Sri Chinmoy 10k 42’17 Rest
Sunday 13.6 Miles – canal via vicky pk – wapping Rest
Total: 40 Miles
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not the

•February 11, 2018 • Leave a Comment

bramley 20 or indeed
ten
but a 30 minute
out and back
nevertheless

that is his verdict
on a week completed
and another race missed
an 11 day streak
maintains

a calmer week
when

yes
you know the rest
when all
may be
considered

and with that
carefully but
yet again
yes
again
you know the rest
maybe

and so
with his back
lower left side
complex
80% near right

33.4 miles
managed in a week
a trip to slough
and
satisfaction returns
as the running rehab
builds

maybe the big half
at the beginnings of march
now very nearly
possible

upton court parkrun – 10th february

05/02/2018 AM PM
Monday 2.3 Miles – recovery 20 Rest
Tuesday 3.6 Miles o&b 30 Rest
Wednesday 2.4 Miles 2 miles + 8 strides Rest
Thursday 6.2 Miles 48’39 Rest
Friday 2.8 Miles – 20 minutes + 8 strides Rest
Saturday 8.6 Miles w/u upton court parkrun c/d Rest
Sunday 7.3 Miles o&b 30 Rest
Total: 33.4 Miles

for ma

•February 4, 2018 • Leave a Comment

leaving london

an emergent
dash
emergency
called

and so
he returns

a very special weekend
and yet
not a weekend planned
not even wished
tough
beautiful

if weekends were ranked
i guess this has to be
yes, you guessed it
why say
what doesn’t need to be

this train cuts thru
and he ponders with
yes he ponders
listening
again
and
a gain

isn’t it curious
strangers
so to speak

so
to
speak

leaving

leaving cymru

for ma
and da
pontypridd parkrun
where da twas raised and courtships
courted and shipped

29/01/2018 AM PM
Monday Rest Rest
Tuesday 3.6 Miles o&b 30 Rest
Wednesday Rest Rest
Thursday 2.2 Miles o&b 20 2 Miles o&b mile 16’52
Mad, sad, dash to cymru to see poorly ma
Friday 2.8 Miles – 22’35 Rest
Saturday 4.7 Miles w/up + Ponty parkrun Rest
Cancelled physio/massage – happy ponty (at last) parkrun 17th 20’34
Sunday Rest 5.9 Miles 46’53
Back to london
Total: 21.4 Miles (whoohoo)

old rope

•January 28, 2018 • Leave a Comment

‘hey mark’

and there
by utterance
a chance encounter gave rise
old rope

improvements
small tweaks
shifts of momentary strategy
trigonometry
in chance
by chance
a chance
new hope

once a month
on, ‘a’ monday
he will leave work
take a tube
alight on the edgware road
where
he will
walk
great portland street
bound
ponderously
particularly
in motion
motioned
a paul auster script, scrawled
serenades
the conjunction
between seen
and thought
the fabulousness of ordinary
dreams, sub-plots
inclusions
exclusions
brilliantly
brightly
lit
old rope

and all before
the warm-up
to the main
of
existential analystics
yes his monthly
and 50 minutes later
trots out he
new hope

the improving week
improves further with
a second visit to
new physio
you know, that chance
which came his
way
‘old ropey muscles’
but
hope renewed

and yes
three ‘runs’ all told
for this particular
rather
figuratively
speaking
hopeful
week
new rope

each and
every
week day
he visits the very
same
spot
by thames
and bows down
to here
and yes
to hear
this
old rope

22/01/2018 AM PM
Monday Rest Rest
Tuesday Rest Rest
Wednesday 1.7 miles – gentle 15 Rest
Physio + new lower back specific exercise regime + alkaline diet
Thursday Rest Rest
Friday 2.3 Miles – gentle 20 Rest
Saturday Rest Rest
Sunday 3.7 Miles – easy o&b 30 Rest
Total: 7.7 Miles

running the black dog

•January 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

he’s at his most creative
the day after
he gets humongously drunk
but as he’s stopped drinking
he didn’t get humungously drunk
last night

but he did last friday
and
he did last…
for that matter
oh…

well it’s grim
it’s grim darn sarth
not a pretty picture
and he can’t see for looking

everything
blurred
obscured

redefining lists of
can, are followed
very quickly by
cannot do

ever increasing
decreasing circles of

another visit to the chiro
attempts of elliptical
commutes ala cyclic
and
all in all

and today
the Fred Hughes 10

the first of
he hopes, but fears
the not so
many
missed

but with the Bramley 20
the Big Half
and Newport Marathon < 100 days

running isn’t wrestling
but wrestling
of mind, mood
and matter
it has
become

running the black dog
doesn’t run

15/01/2018 AM PM
Monday Rest Rest
30 mins elliptical
Tuesday Rest Rest
Cycle commute 9.2 miles
Wednesday Rest Rest
Cycle commute 9.2 miles
Thursday Rest Rest
Appointment with chiro
Friday Rest Rest
Cycle 6.3 miles
Saturday Rest 2.4 miles – 20 mins
Cycle 9.6 miles                                                 (a run – wellbeing wins over back sense)
Sunday Rest Rest
Physio
Total: 2.4 Miles

and, the rest

•January 14, 2018 • Leave a Comment

there’s a bigger picture
he keeps telling himself

a mood is
only a swing away
after all

and so, here
a blog about running
with no running
to be included

but then again
this blog, about running
‘the disappearance of arrival’
it’s not
is it not…

he was never really any good
at running anyway
or playing
the piano
for that matter
just as he ain’t
at looking
searching for
his long lost half sister
or was that just a dream

let’s put that to one side for now..

so…

this week
not only
zilch training (running wise), but
no ‘event’ either

it’s all taken
in one’s stride
this injury list
days of precious loss
lost to precious days

a second visit to the chiro
followed by a third
a fourth installment pends

in the meantime
fine tunes
and fine tuning
meddling fine

rehabilitation, rehabilitates the limited axis
cold, hot
hot, cold

walk tall
tall walks
every step
every way

inflection from the week:
‘somewhere over fulham’

the log:

08/01/2018 AM PM
Monday Rest Rest
Appointment with chiro
Tuesday Rest Rest
Sorely frustrated…
Wednesday Rest Rest
Joins gym
Thursday Rest Rest
Appointment with chiro
Friday Rest Rest
Saturday Rest Rest
Sunday Rest Rest
Cycle to/from gym | 30 mins elliptical | short swim
Total: 0 Miles

if you

•January 7, 2018 • Leave a Comment

go down to the woods today
you’re sure of a big surprise
if you go down to lake serpentine today
you’d better go in disguise

for every serpentine runner that ever there was
will gather there for certain
because today’s the day
you know
that first saturday
and that’s when they
those serpentine runners
have their handicap picnic

its a new year (and therefore a new serpentine handicap season)
and a back still sings
awkwardness and painfullnesses
but we plough and furrow
on

no ‘training’ so to speak
just ‘eventing’ continues
and oh yes
this
little
resolution
commences

i’ll leave it to others to articulate
more coherently than i ever could
make your own
as you do

how i let drinking take over my life

 

01/01/2018 AM PM
Monday 8.4 miles
w/u – gladstone ‘new years day’ parkrun – c/d
Rest
lower back management continues
Tuesday Rest (Cycle commute) Rest (Cycle commute)
Wednesday Rest Rest
Thursday Rest Rest
Friday Rest Rest
Appointment with chiro – crack and crunch but generally +ve
Saturday 6.4 miles | w/u + serpie handicap Rest
Sunday Rest Rest
Total: 14.8 Miles