The day did not get off to a good start as our home phone rang just as we were passing into the start of day 24 and we took a call from our distraught Japanese neighbour who needed help as her son was in need of medical attention. Mrs Dan ran next door to help while I waved down the paramedic who I could see approaching from the end of the road. Thankfully things were not as bad as first thought but with the ambulance arriving shortly afterwards, they agreed that he should be taken to hospital for further checks so we offered to take in their youngest boy for the night as they would all be going to the hospital. Mrs Dan settled him downstairs with a Japanese DVD while I setup some temporary beds for them so that they could sleep in the living room for the night.

Our neighbour returned hours later to report the older son was fine and would be home around lunchtime but the youngest son was still fast asleep so Mrs Dan sent her home to catchup on sleep and said we would look after him until she was rested. The Son had slept through all the commotion and came running into my bedroom to wake me in the morning to report a strange little boy sleeping in front of the TV. At first he thought that we had delivered a little brother for him so after letting him down gently he then proceeded to entertain our guest for a few hours until his family returned to take him home.

After all that excitement I had to change my running plans for the day and head out a lot later than originally planned. I don’t know if it was the lack of sleep or all the recent running creeping up on me but my legs felt really heavy and I just could not get into my scheduled long run at all. My plan was to run down to Lammas Park to check the distance and to see how long it would take because I wanted to check how feasible it would be to run down to the Ealing Half Marathon start area in September. I then reset my Garmin and set off on the Ealing Half route to check things out, notably just how hilly it might be, but through general tiredness I managed to take a wrong turn and get a little lost. All this on my home turf around roads that I knew well while carrying a copy of the route with me. Numpty.

I managed the first 6 miles of the route before deciding to call it a day to adopt a run-walk strategy back to my local shops where I bought a strawberry milkshake and then walked the rest of the way home. I will tackle the course again in a few weeks time when I am not tired at the outset and when my legs are fresher.

  • Exercise completed today: running
  • Distance run today:  10.06 miles
  • Distance run so far: 114.64
  • Distance cycled so far: 7.26 miles
  • Weight change so far: -1.1kg