Sunday, 1 March 2009


"What," I hear you shout dear reader "in the Hell is that Jerry?" No, no, no some of you are thinking I am talking about porn, no I am talking about thorn!

OK, I am just trying to be clever as I was desperate for a picture of a thorn and all I could find that was reasonably interesting was this picture of thorn. So what is this all about?

Well you can probably guess from the introduction it is something to do with thorns and you would be right. Today I ventured out onto the trails again with a couple of buddys and it was proposed that we only do 2 hours as they were training for the Lake Windermere Marathon in May 2009 which I was quite happy to as it was my first run since my chest infection and didn't want to overdo it.

The run was great, usual mickey taking and banter like "With all this beauty on our doorstep what would you rather be doing, lying under your warm duvet or enjoying this run?"

Lovely cool day, a couple of stops to get bearings among other things and we would stomp off again. We basically treated it as an out and back due to time constraints.

We were just within 2 miles of the car and were just running along the edge of a field of horses when I got this horrific stabbing pain in the sole of my foot, swore like a trooper and hobbled until I sat. I yanked off my trail shoe and saw this enormous thorn had pierced the underside of my trail shoe and up through into my foot. The thorn had stabbed into my foot by about 5 mm. Due to the fact that my shoe soles were covered in the poo of every ungulate in the local area, I could not see where the thorn had poked through so had to snap off the thorn as best I could with a stick. I then had to run the rest of the way with the remaining thorn shard digging into my foot, ouch.

The problem now is, how do I remove the remaining shard without destroying the insole and integrity of the shoe and should I be worried that a poo covered thorn has been buried into my foot. Another trial and tribulation of a long distance runner living in deepest, darkest Kent

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