July 28th, a nice, steady day

1:04pm. Despite waking through the night I had a decent nights sleep and after breakfast drove down to the big Tesco to get some melons and cherries which my local Tesco doesn’t have. Worryingly there wasn’t much left at the big one either although I did manage to get what I needed. I’ve a feeling all this talk about a possible second spike is causing people to panic buy once again as there wasn’t much cat food left either.

Home and I finished off my research proposal but not before my headache started again. Is it stress related as my friend has asked? It could be but then life seems to be one long bout of stress trying to remember what I need to do and then trying to do it. I spent most of my time in Tesco walking round trying to remember what I had gone down for.

At least my proposal is done now and my supervisors have something in black and white which indicates the direction I want to take my research in and it’s a start for any future discussions. I’ve done a few more jobs and now the rain has cleared and there is a blue sky I’m going to go and pickup my disability exemption badge and get ready to go to CVFR tonight for a club run on the moors above Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge.

4:28pm. Turning out to be a good day in some ways. Bradford Social Services have been in contact and it looks like I’m going to be getting some support at last. Just low level but it should be enough for me and at least I’ll have someone to check up on me and make sure I’m ok which gives me more confidence. I spoke to one of my support workers at uni too over Zoom and she seems really nice and helpful so that’s something else I don’t have to worry about and which will hopefully free up my mind for other things instead of worrying about everything and doing nothing.

The headaches are still here though gently pounding away in the background slowly wearing me down. I’m tired but I’m still going to CVFR tonight for a club run. I’m nervous and apprehensive about it but I’m sure it will do me good.

10:01pm. Home after a good but exhausting CVFR pack run. I felt good driving over and good when I got there. Sensibly I opted to run in the slow group but even this proved to be too fast at first as they set a pace I could just about keep up with. My calves felt very sore and my lower back was killing me but I kept going and eventually my legs woke up and I was able to keep up with everyone else.

I wasn’t sure where we went at the start as it was a new area to me but we came into Brearley and crossed over the road to join the Hebden route. We only did part of this though as we went through a gap in the wall and continued to climb to the Churn Milk Joan and Sheepstones trig point high up on Midgley Moor around 2 miles and 1,000ft of climbing. For some reason halfway up I started to run and I felt really good keeping up with the faster ones all the way to Sheepstones. Here we met up with the faster group and after a chat we all set off down the Mytholmroyd fell race route back to Mytholmroyd.

I struggled on the descent as it is quite technical and my legs just weren’t up to it. My calves were killing me by now although I didn’t say anything to anyone. I did my best to keep up but I was finding it hard work tonight and it wasn’t until we got to the top of the last hill where it opens up and is less technical that I was able to run at last and it felt really good to run downhill.

After the run we went for a pint at the Shoulder of Mutton before a pleasant drive home and a few glasses of wine to round the night off. I’m running with Dave tomorrow and I was hoping he would cancel but he’s turning up. I’m shattered and both my calves are sore and aching. I’m going to wear my compression shorts tomorrow which should help them and hopefully they went tear. I could do with stopping in tomorrow but it’s not going to happen so I’ll just have to do my best and see how it goes and hope I don’t pick up an injury.

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