As my hamstring continues to play up there has been no running since Thursday. Although I did nothing to help myself yesterday. While walking from the house two young lads with a football knocked the ball in my direction. I controlled the ball with little effort and then drew back my right foot to return the pass - yes you guessed it. As my foot hit the ball my hamstring reminded me why I wasn't running and I was left to hobble back home.
I have been using some of the time I would have been running to catch up on some reading and in particular 'Joss' a biography about fell running legend Joss Naylor.
The book, as well as covering his exploits as a runner, details his hard upbringing on a lakeland hill farm during the 1930's and 1940's. and his life and work as a shepherd.
Joss Naylor, now 73 and still running over the fells of the Lake District, achievements include in 1975, running 72 Lake District mountains in under 24 hours (23hrs 20mins to be exact).
In 1997, aged 60, he ran 60 Lakeland fell tops in 36hrs and in 2006, aged 70, 70 lakeland fell tops, covering more than 50 miles and ascending more than 25,000 feet in under 21hrs.