My first week as a 50-year-old my feet did not touch the ground.
I went from surprise family visit, to Bristol, a night out with running buddies, the Isle of Wight, from there to Teddington to stay with my oldest friend (technically not my oldest friend but known for most years but as she is older than me I like to call her my oldest friend!), then a 2 hour visit to Sweathshop, followed by a trip up The Shard, a Bushy parkrun, a wedding and home!
Let me tell you about The Shard for those of you not in the know, it is Europe’s tallest building with a height of 1,016 feet (310 meters), offering 360 degree views of London. This is The Shard
Now can you see the gap on the right hand side at the top and then the line just below this? Well I was up there. No big deal right? Well let me tell you I HATE heights, my knees shake going up a ladder, I famously went up the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth lasted 30 seconds and descended in the next lift crying! The Shard is something I have always wanted to do as I love London, but knew it would have to be handled carefully. Fortunately oldest friend was made aware of my fears and knew I might just sink to my knees sobbing and promised not to be embarrassed!
Well I made it. I did not love it, but I did it. The first half an hour was spent clinging to the wall in the middle looking out the side windows, I was unable to turn my head to look directly out in front of me! Eventually I got brave and edged towards the window much the same way as an old person would shuffle with a zimmer frame, but not once did I look directly down or touch the window! The day was cloudy but sill the view is immense.
From there we went to Borough Market walked around admiring the offerings, more on that another day.
I have only run once since Bushy parkrun, and that was with club Wednesday night, my legs are not happy with life and I have spent most of the week trying to work out why. I have come to the conclusion that I was so stressed up the Shard that I spent my time up there with slightly bent legs, this has resulted in aching upper legs. Ever over done squats? Well that is what my legs feel like, am hoping by tomorrow they are better, for tomorrow I walk 15 miles with Madam, in aid of Breast Cancer.