My Tokyo marathon cycle is turning into a bit of a mare. After my last run was a long run cut very short, ill health in my family meant I spent most of last week visiting in hospital and as a consequence didn’t pull on my running shoes once. It seems a bitter irony that I have a skill for encouraging and motivating others and yet feel devoid of motivation myself. I have the most amazing series of races to look forward to next year, but just can’t find my groove with this running thing at the moment.

The positive I’m taking is that at least I’m running again.