I’m also documenting my recovery journey on Instagram - head over to @flatcapspraggs I'm going to assume lots of you already know what parkrun is. A free, weekly, 5 kilometer run/walk on a Saturday morning, at 9AM. There are hundreds in the UK - most likely one very near you. Anyone can go. You don't … Continue reading Parkrun may well have saved my life
Author: Joe Spraggins
2022 review – ‘racing/training’ summary
I started writing this thinking it was going to be a summary of misery, but it's actually really interesting, alongside highlighting how much of a stupid moron I can be when it comes to battering myself into the ground. Read on for more. I've written one of these every year for the last 9 years, … Continue reading 2022 review – ‘racing/training’ summary
When do you stop believing in fairy tales?
You see it all over social media. Defying the odds and coming back better than ever. Striking back in the face of adversity and proving that 'you can do it, if you just set you mind to it'. But what about if your body doesn't let you? What if it's actually broken beyond repair? You … Continue reading When do you stop believing in fairy tales?
My spirit has finally been completely broken
I've included a detailed list of all the tests I've had, symptoms I've got, and potential causes for what's going on at the bottom of this post, for those that are interested/have asked It felt like something really significant changed within me in the last week. Up until this point, I know I've been thoroughly … Continue reading My spirit has finally been completely broken
Fighting a losing battle – chronic fatigue/long COVID?
I'm still hanging in there. I'm finding posting these updates helps me keep attached in some way to my old life, so I'm going to crack on with them. So many people have said to me it's refreshing and reassuring to see and hear the truth - that not everyone is 'living their best life' … Continue reading Fighting a losing battle – chronic fatigue/long COVID?
The toughest challenge I’ve ever faced
'The future is looking bright'. That's how I ended things in my last post. Talk about tempting fate. 6 days later, I recognised some early warning signs of feeling a bit sick, so I immediately stopped all exercise and other commitments, in a hope that this would fend off any relapse back into hell. Wrong. … Continue reading The toughest challenge I’ve ever faced
To hell and back (AKA – what the f*ck has been going on?)
I've been meaning to write something like this for a while, but it's been extremely hard to put my feelings into words. It's only now that (spoiler alert) things are nearly back to normal, that it seems easier to process what has happened in the last few months. Rewind back to December - I felt … Continue reading To hell and back (AKA – what the f*ck has been going on?)
2021 review – racing/training summary
So here we are again, at the end of another year already. This will be the 8th annual summary! We're through an entire Harry Potter series worth now (with a similar number of fans, I can only assume). The epic back catalogue can be found here; 2014201520162017201820192020 2021 started off in a similar fashion to … Continue reading 2021 review – racing/training summary
Gutbuster 10 mile – 28/12/21
Heading back to the Gutbuster was like going to visit a long lost friend you were never really sure if you actually liked, but hadn't seen for absolutely ages. We're talking about back in the days where this blog was still in nappies and the quality of writing was akin to that of a Daily … Continue reading Gutbuster 10 mile – 28/12/21
Dorney Lake 10km – 12/12/21
The Spring of 2016. It was announced that there would be a referendum to decide whether the UK would stay in the EU. Tim Peake became the first British astronaut to walk in space. England won their last Grand Slam in the 6 nations. Joe Spraggins ran a personal best at the Kingston 10km, when … Continue reading Dorney Lake 10km – 12/12/21