Dear punters and salespersons at Whitechapel Market, London…

Whitechapel market

“Where else can you get a box of 10 mangoes for 3 pounds?” asks Sean D in his enthusiastic review of East London’s Whitechapel Market.

This was a question I failed to consider as I chose to run through it last Thursday afternoon as part of my final training for tomorrow’s British 10K London Run.

As I weaved deftly through the hoards of those in pursuit of inexpensive mangoes, I thought only of the ticking pedometer in my bum pocket, adding milliseconds to my run time.I had already covered 4K to get this far -only two left!

I dodged; I squeezed; I zigzagged.

I f**ked up my ankle.

“Don’t run through pain”, I heard a sensible voice in my head, so I walked. I walked past the nice old Queen Mary University, and the shiny new bit, and the bit that didn’t seem familiar or that or… where the hell was I?

I attempted another little gallop and stopped just as quickly. Oh look, a familiar address, Victoria Park!

Quite how I ended up on the far side of Victoria Park was somewhat bewildering, but being without phone, money or a Boris Bike location meant I had no alternative but to hobble home.

All NINE kilometres. (I traced it on my return almost two hours later.)

9K Walk

9K Walk 5.5 miles / 8.851392 km

http://twitter.com/#!/endaguinan/status/89317652031475712

So, dear readers and sponsors, race day is tomorrow. I can just about walk again after a day of PRICE and my sexy new ankle support.

My lovely ankle brace.

I’ve trained. I was ready. You’ve given me loads of lovely sponsorship money for Tacade. I really want to do it.

Something tells me that I may have to sit this one out.

Maybe I can have a muse about some important life questions

What the flip would anyone do with 10 mangoes anyway?

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3 comments

  1. Keith

    Great post. Sounds like you have made the right decision. Better to get better then to risk further injury. We all understand.

    I am sure this new leisurely lifestyle will cause Andrew some nightmares but at least you will almost certainly online 24/7 😉

    10 mangoes – smoothies!!!

    • eguinan

      Cheers Keith. Back on my feet today, but nowhere near running fit 😦

      There are other 10K runs throughout the summer so I’ll do one of those instead.

      I was thinking that maybe the multiple mangoes could contribute towards a schnapps of some kind?

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