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Withdrawal symptoms.....

.......have well and truly taken hold! Luckily for some of us in a little over 3 weeks time we will be at it again! Colchester is now looming large, and all of sudden a little bit of panic has begun to set in. The week after Catterick, as much as I wanted to, I resisted the temptation to get my boots on, so that I could give my body the rest it probably needed. Three runs the following week and a couple of decent gym sessions, was abruptly brought to end by my stag do and a working week from hell that doesn't look like it's going to end until the 8th October, leaving me about 2 weeks to beast myself into shape again! My stag do last weekend was as you'd expect a crazy affair, full of laughs and hi-jinx and plenty of fun at my expense. However, the activities took their toll and come Monday evening, Man flu had well and truly taken hold, the result of a little dip in the River Wye, which to be fair the Bman had made abundantly clear it was going to happen, turns out he wasn…

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..........and whilst I'm talking about tips, if your Bergen is well packed but over the 35lb, leave it be! It turns out I had 46lb at the weigh in and thought it would be a good idea to remove some, can't argue with the logic, it is a good idea - if you repack it properly! At 5 miles I was feeling sore, by the finish, the skin on my lower back had gone. I can live with that, if that's the rub for coming through 10 gruelling miles relatively unscathed, however, Coley, my mate, pointed me in the direction of Germolene New Skin, it works wonders he says, stings a little he says! After Caz had finished applying it, after 5 mins of me laying on my hands so I didn't bust stuff up, biting down into a screwed up towel, I'm surprised I didn't tear him a new arse! Stings he says, what he means is it feels like someone's taking a blow torch to you. I've had nearly 50 hours of ink work on my back this year, and I can honestly say I would have sat there for 50 hours…

Catterick done..........

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...........it's almost sad or to paraphrase Jono "all along I thought I would feel relieved once this was done, and that would be it. I don't know about you lot, but I've had a massive come down today.....although my knees are in bits, I want to do it again! Very odd....." It's difficult to explain to those that haven't experienced the event, the buzz you get, believe me it is by far the most hideous thing that some of us have ever done, including Coley and he's a complete mentalist, but without a doubt the most rewarding, the sense of achievement was palpable even moreso considering the reason we were all doing it. I've said it before but the way the boys had gone about preparing for this event, had for me, already paid a huge tribute to Lloydy, Sunday come 1330 that tribute had been paid in full.

We arrived in Catterick on Saturday afternoon, slowly dribbling into the Travelodge A1 Skeeby car by car. The excitement and the buzz around the boys w…

T Minus 3 days.....

.....and the first leg of this journey will be all but done! I can't use the word 'over' because this Paras'10 is just the beginning. The training efforts seem to be coming together, I did 9miles Sunday with 40lb in kit, it wasn't fast and by that I mean, hitting 1hr50 wasn't on the agenda, it was just a case of getting more miles under the belt and getting used to carrying the heavier pack. I must admit by the time I got back (dripping) I was feeling like I'd been beaten, it was very much a run of three thirds. The first three miles were decent time wise, but my achilles felt (forgive me) shit, the second three slowed a little but were comfortable and the final three were just plain torture. Mix that with people that want to show support, but don't know how really, uttering such phrases as "ooo that looks tough" or "rather you than me", well obviously cos I'm the one with pack on my back doing it! It really is a surprise knowing…