I’ve been married a month now, we had a fantastic day. After three weeks of rain, it eventually stopped on our Wedding day and we had a whole day of sunshine. I was determined that the weather wasn’t going to spoil our day as it looked certain that it was going to be a wet one. All week it was forecast for rain, but then by Thursday evening the odd forecast showed promise and eventually on Friday we saw the first signs of good weather.
My Best man was Vaughan Hemy and my Ushers were Stewy Bell and Guy Bracken. Vaughan stayed at mine on the Friday night, it was going to be a quiet, early night but I should have known better! After quite a few bottles of beer we eventually staggered off to bed in the early hours (it was still raining).
We woke to thick cloud, and thick heads! So off we went to the village shop for a bottle of Lucozade and a walk down the Vale to pull us around. We lost track of time and had a rush to get ready in time.
As we drove to Lanchester the sun started burning off the mist and by the time we arrived at the church we had clear skys.
The wedding went really well, Clare looked amazing and I didn’t make any mistakes during the vow’s, I was worried about the Lawful wedded wife bit, I got awful bedded wife stuck in my head. I held back the giggles and stuttered a little bit but we got through it easier than I thought I would.
The Best Man's speech was fantastic! Vaughan got it just right, just enough to make me cringe, cheeky at times, very funny and very sentimental too.
We had a lot of friends at the church and wedding breakfast and had even more turn up for the evening do, it was an amazing day and it was really nice to share it so many good friends.
The day after the Wedding we flew off to Greece for our Honeymoon, our Hotel was all inclusive five star Hotel in Halkadki. We were spoilt while we were there, the staff couldn’t do enough to help and the restaurants were really nice. We spent most of our days by the pool but we also had days on the beach and we had a couple of cruises, one of which we had the chance to jump off the boat and have a swim.
I obviously can’t run at the minute, in fact I’m actually in pain when I walk too, it takes me a couple of steps to straighten up after I’ve been sitting down, so as you can see I’m pretty crocked, but I have found that I can cycle.
I love cycling, I come from a cycling family, my parents do between 6 to 8 thousand miles a year! So cycling isn’t too much of a hardship for me, but I really don’t have the time to fit in the miles I need to be doing to equal my running.
I’m cycling to and from work most days now, I do about 18 mile into work and a very, very hilly 8 home. I find myself climbing the hills home pretending that I’m in the Tour de France chasing down the leaders on Alp d’huez.
I’m hoping that I can keep my fitness up with the cycling, I’m deliberately looking for big hills to get my heart rate up and also making sure I get my legs spinning fast on the flat and downhills to keep my cadence high. I find that if I push big gears my legs turn over slowly and it effects my running, so high gears and high cadence is good.
As I’m sure a lot of you are aware there is a lot of talk about the benefits of barefoot running and this book is at the centre of a lot of the conversations. I really enjoyed the book, it was a great read.
As I’m not running at the minute and probably won’t be for some time I might struggle to keep this blog about my running, but I was thinking about writing my next blog about Barefoot running, it’ll be my thoughts on it and what I’ve read recently.
I’m missing running, but at least the bike is keeping me sane, I’ll keep you all up to date with how I’m getting on, but I don’t want to become a whingey boring injured runner, there’s nothing worse.