Monday, 9 March 2009

I didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, I Fell

6 Weeks 6 Days to Go!!

Already we have reached Week 18 of our 24-week marathon plan and in less than 7 weeks it'll all be over!

At the time of writing we have raised over £800, thanks to the generosity of our friends, family and colleagues - we will be eternally grateful. We still have a way to go to reach the £3000 target, but we'll do our best!

We continue to have 'mishaps' and I'm praying that we will make it in one piece to the marathon on 26th April. A couple of weeks ago, whilst out running, Trevor got his foot caught in some wire and he ended up flat on his face. He didn't sustain too much damage, other than a slight shoulder-strain...oh, and his pride, because it happened on a very busy road!

I badly bruised my knee on 6th February after slipping on ice and was just starting to feel a little less pain today when I had another fall! I tripped on an uneven pavement, and now have two grazed and bruised knees and a black swollen hand. Sigh, such is life. Doris Day's 1950 song, "I Didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, I Fell" came to my mind and I'd like to take you through some of the lyrics (in blue italics, with my thoughts in black)

didn't slip, I wasn't pushed, I fell, oh yes
Right into the middle of a warm caress

(No such luck, Trevor was next to me but the caress didn't come until after an undignified crash onto the hard ground)

I didn't slip, I wasn't tripped, I fell, and how
I'll be glad to speak of that adventure now
(Glad? Yeah very glad, it was SUCH an adventure, right)

We'd like to speak of that adventure now
(Oh wouldn't we just? This is more thrilling than the big rides at Alton Towers)

There I was, mindin' my own business and thinkin' that love
Was only a juvenile pastime
Then I fell head over heels onto love

(Well I DID fall head over heels in love with Trevor but not at that precise moment)

And now I know that I'm going down for the last time

(Hang on a minute, I've got a marathon to run yet!)

I didn't slip, I wasn't pushed, I fell, you bet
And if you hadn't caught me in your arms
Why I'd be fallin' yet

(If Trevor HAD caught me in his arms I wouldn't have grazed knees and a black swollen hand! Never mind, he does everything else for me. Er...Trev... Trevor! I wouldn't mind another one of those warm caresses now if you don't mind.....)

We're participating in the Silverstone Half-Marathon on Sunday 15th March and I will report on that next week. In meantime, here's the Doris Day song for your enjoyment....

God bless xx


dave wheeler said...

You two are such terrific folks and what you are doing with this marathon is inspirational indeed! Your post reminded me of an incident I had recently where I learned what it was like to get ejected off a treadmill. All I remember is my knee locking, me grabbing it, a giant belt sander exfoliating my forehead and somehow my right knee, and bouncing off a weight rack. The only thought that went through my head was how hard was the person at the hotel's desk laughing as they watched that video?

Again, great stuff you are doing for sure

Steve said...

Maybe Trevor could make some soft, spongy knee-pads for you to wear when he is unavailable to catch you? Sorry to hear of your fall - the important thing is that you got yourself back up again! A sign of a real trooper!

J.KANNAN said...

Dear Trevor & Annie,

Yes in less than 7 weeks it all will be over magnificently and maganimously by both of you. "am always praying for you both of you to finish the marathon mission most successfully with strength and stamina from begining to finish-Don't worry.

I am also some how confident that you both together will certainly make it to reach 3000 pounds before the event.

Sorry to note that you had few mishaps, and 'am sure its only to make,think and feel you both are strong and confident of the event.

I did enjoy reading all your verses with narration-Excellent.

All the best to both of you on the half marathon to take place on 15 March, 2009 and shall await to read your report on it.

May Jesus be with you both always and continue to GRACE.



Annie said...

Dave, thanks for sharing that story. I tried to suppress a smile, honestly I did! Sorry if you were hurt...but I'd like to have seen that video!

Steve, spongy knee-pads .... what a brilliant idea, I'll get Trevor onto that immediately haha!

JK, many thanks for your prayers and encouragement. Yes, we're looking forward to the half-marathon this Sunday. Fingers crossed we manage to stay vertical!

THANK YOU to all of you for your kind words, best wishes :-)

dave wheeler said...


Naw...laugh away The only person who would have been laughing harder at me than I was was the desk clerk!

Annie said...

Phew, thanks Dave, I've been holding that in for a few days :-)

dave wheeler said...


Should one ever need an inch or two taken off the forehead, a treadmill is he only way to go!