First I was busy with work, and then shooting more pickups for my film. I had to film a sequence where somebody smashes somebody else over the head with a big rock. Unfortunately the hire shop for movie prop rocks is bloody miles away, so I had the idea of painting a loaf of bread grey, dirtying it with soy sauce, and sticking it in the freezer for a few hours. Amazingly, it looks exactly like a rock on screen, and made a satisfying "thud" when it hit him. And the bag of fake blood we gaffer taped to the back of his head did a pretty cool and very graphic splatter, too. I'm a genius, I tells ya. This is going to be the best RomCom ever.
Anyway. No running. So I was tied up over the weekend and then on Monday... my girlfriend deliberately infected me with some horrendous disease she had. I think the medical term for it is "chesty cold".
Now everybody knows that, when ill, you can run without a care in the world if the symptoms are "above the neck"... but that if you try to run with symptoms "below the neck" YOU WILL DEFINITELY DIE. No exaggeration or hyperbole there, you just WILL DEFINITELY DIE.
OK, that's clear... But what if it's "in the neck"? Eh? Eh? "In". It isn't above, and it isn't below. It is, in fact, in. So? I ask this question because today, my back has stopped aching, I've stopped coughing, and my ears don't hurt. In fact, I just have a scratchy throat. I only have symptoms IN THE NECK. So if I run tonight, will I be OK, or WILL I DEFINITELY DIE?
We'll see, because I'm going anyway. Huzzah!
Oh, and for full disclosure my lungs are still a bit crap, but that's not a symptom, it's a side note.
I'm expecting a truly awful result, though. Let's say, 9:10 pace at 145 heart rate average, over the first 20 miles. I shall endeavour to stretch it out to a full 30 miles though. Unless, of course, I DIE.
Watch this space!