Saturday, 15 September 2012

Fools and Fanatics

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”

Bertrand Russell

 (English Logician and Philosopher 1872-1970)


Over the past few days the realisation that the White Cliffs 52 miler is only a week away and in the build up my mileage and corresponding fitness has dropped dramatically to what it was in March and June of this year. Long (very stressful) hours at a keyboard, then working at the Olympics and Paralympics with wonderful respite in the form of a Spanish holiday on the beach have payed their toll.

Doubts have been creeping into my mind as to whether I should run the event but I am assured by the ever optimistic George (who is undertaking the challenge with me) that even with his drop in mileage we are mentally tough and experienced enough to complete it, something I agree with also. This is where Bertrand's quote stands so true.

Excuses are stacking up in the background  ready to be used, the strongest candidate that my eldest daughter is about to embark on Fresher's week at University and wants to go on the day of the event (something I had not envisaged when I entered) but negotiations are happening to see if I can drive her on the Sunday...that will be an interesting 85 mile drive after running 52 miles the day before!

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