Please sponsor Paul Simon who is running the 2014 London Marathon for a wonderful and inspirational charity called PhabKids at
For the 2 months leading upto February I was comically waddling about in an oversized light grey boot. Footwear, I think, designed by the same people who were responsible, if not accountable, for fashioning national health spectacles circa 1980.
This owing to the stress fracture to my ankle caused by running too far too quickly too soon. "Like a middle aged idiot" so said my specialist.
My sense of humour took a battering throughout December and January thanks to said plastic welly. I would commonly hear a variation of words to the effect, "I didn't know Robocop patrolled London" or "Where's your other ski-boot?". Perhaps most 'hilarious' of all though, would be to walk into a room to the sometimes tuneful humming of the 'Imperial War March' theme from Star Wars.
The clogging foot hugger has now gone and thankfully my bone has healed. I have been jogging 10 miles three times a week so I'm back and doing things properly this time.
My mistake was a simple one. I chose the wrong music.
Having done no sport at all for over a decade (except for the one time I played badminton and did my ankle ligaments), it seems I forgot that I'm simply no longer a young man.
I set off in November, dressed in Lycra stretched over my paunch, listening to a mix of tunes I thought would inspire me.
On the occasion I sustained the fracture I had just finished a second 1 ½ mile lap and was gently making my way home when over the earphones came the training montage music for Rocky. You know the one, rousing trumpets accompanied by the words 'feeling stronger..getting stronger'.
With visions of Stallone downing raw eggs, hurdling park benches and catching fruit in Philly, instead of padding conservatively homebound, I found myself picking up speed. Before I knew it I was essentially sprinting into a third lap. My foot finally gave in at precisely the part in the song where Rocky bounds up those steps triumphantly. The damage was done.
I now listen to a classical chill-out mix.
Anyhow, it's time for you to stop being so very shy and sponsor me for this Marathon please.
I am running for a wonderful charity called 'PhabKids'
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities.