Running outdoors in this weather is no fun at all. The books say I should be doing “wind sprints” – they didn’t say I had to do it in what seems like gale force winds. To make things worse, I’ve injured my leg – some kind of shin splint – which has slowed me down enormously. If I get round the course now, I’ll be pretty pleased. Anything less than 5 hours would be a miracle given the pain I get over even short runs. Still, physio, ice and stretching have been prescribed and I’m going to get through it, come what may.