A Step Too Far!
PUBLISHED: 10:05 05 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 04 May 2010
I AM still on a high after my recent run and determined to keep up the training. I hope to take part in the Ely Runners New Year s Eve 10k in Little Downham and I say hope because I still feel a bit unsure about my ability and I have a very slow running
I AM still on a high after my recent run and determined to keep up the training. I hope to take part in the Ely Runners New Year's Eve 10k in Little Downham and I say 'hope' because I still feel a bit unsure about my ability and I have a very slow running pace. This is a race for more serious runners and although I am prepared to come in last I don't want to get to the finish line and find everyone has packed up and gone home!
Anyway I am feeling quite fit and ready to take on a challenge so when my son Aaron took me to London on Friday I was chomping at the bit to climb to the top of St Paul's Cathedral. 'What's a few steps' I thought compared to running for an hour and a bit? Well, if you've never attempted this momentous climb let me tell you there are in fact 528 steps and for some reason it takes an enormous amount of strength to walk in a circular motion along the winding path to the top. We stopped off at the Whispering Gallery which is breath-takingly beautiful and then made the ascent to the top. The last part seems never-ending and it felt like I had concrete boots on. Every step was painful. The only consolation was that Aaron is a fit young man of 28 who plays football and golf and he was struggling too so I didn't feel too old and decrepit. The view from the top, however, is magnificent and well worth every painful step. A bit like life I guess: you have to take painful steps to enjoy the good bits!
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ely Standard. Click the link in the orange box above for details.