Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Week 6/24

At the start of Week 5 of our training last week, I suffered a bit of a crisis. Too icy and dangerous to run outside in the morning, I stepped onto the treadmill and discovered to my dismay that the running board had collapsed! Trevor was working out of town and this is an imaginary conversation between my inner selves, Annie 1 and Annie 2:

A1: What a catastrophe!!! I can't possibly train without the treadmill! I'm not running outside on my own... It's too icy and dangerous! Trevor was the last person to use the treadmill... I should never have let him near it.... he's too heavy......

A2: Calm down... you have to blame someone don't you? The treadmill has taken YOUR weight for 18 months. Trevor has only used it a few times. It's a basic and inexpensive treadmill and was probably not designed for excessive use. It's 'run' it's natural course and is ready to join that great white gymnasium in the sky.

A1: You're not making me feel any better, I'm having a crisis here! We can't afford a new treadmill - we're desperately short of furniture. We'll have to do our training outside in the horrible weather but I shan't enjoy it :(

A2: Oh come on Annie - in the big scheme of things, it's hardly a crisis - you do catastrophise!! There have been many reports this week of child abuse, cholera in Zimbabwe, suicide bombings, terrorist shootings, financial chaos and people losing homes. A broken treadmill hardly qualifies as a crisis....

A1: Well now you put it like that....

A2: And no-one desperately needs furniture....Come on, you're lucky that you are healthy enough to run. This marathon was never meant to be a bed of roses anyway. You're running for Carers who would LOVE the freedom to run, instead of working long hours for no reward.

A1: Yes (sigh) I get the message, there's no need to go on...I'll run outside later when the ice has melted.

A2: That's the spirit...

We decided in the end to buy a new treadmill then discovered that the first one was repairable! (We've ordered a new part for £15). The new machine is faulty though! Sigh, such is life but we are
ahead of schedule with the training plan... so far so good... or in the more positive words from our friend JK from India, "All far, all good". (Thanks JK and bless you for your prayers and support).


J.KANNAN said...

A very good imaginary conversation by "you and within you"- something really "Exceptional" and 'am reading for the first time, one talking to oneself and within oneself-Great.

The questions came within yourself and the right answers too came within yourself.



Please follow the principle of "All Far, All Good"-Success has no option but to be with you.

I shall continue to pray for you and Trevor and continue to be of supportive too.

Best Regards.


Annie said...

Many thanks again JK for your kind comments. Trevor and I feel honoured and delighted to have your support, friendship and prayers.

'Conversations' with inner selves are a good way way of working things out..... putting things into perspective and to stop turning small hills into a mountains! Of course there is always a third person in the conversation to guide in the right direction :)

I hope that all is well with you and your family. Many thanks again, God bless you dear friend.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

If it's not you on the treadmill, is it Trevor in a wig !? :)

Have a great Christmas and all the best for the New Year !!!

Annie said...

Doh... Trevor was hoping that no-one would notice!

You have a good Christmas too Andrew - good to hear from you!