A pain the knee

Last night I did my first run in an embarrassingly long time. Aside from a quick jog in Palm Springs, I haven’t run since I completed the Run to the Beat ½ marathon in September! I’m not proud of the fact, but when you’re working to deadlines and getting up at 6am then writing until midnight – or later, there’s not much time (or energy) for running.

Anyway, that was pre holiday and after two weeks of gorging US style I came back a lot less lean, and so both my body and my brain were crying out for a run.

Yesterday I returned to my beloved Run Dem Crew and was looking forward to getting back to it, even though I always seem to develop a weird fear of running when I’ve been away from it for a while. Anyway, my ever-sporty friends managed to coax me in to the Greyhounds group, which is pretty nippy, and reluctant as I was, I joined them.

We tried a new route last night, which took us out of the East End and in to the very familiar streets of North London. As we were running up Upper Street I could feel my knees aching, but I was working so hard to keep up with the group that I ignored it. We stopped at the traffic lights on Highbury Corner and my knees suddenly buckled. I’ve never had anything like that before, but I could barely bend them, and the pain was intense. Kind Ant – a fellow Run Dem-mer stayed back with me and helped me hobble down the road whilst repeatedly refusing the help of a taxi.

After a while I tried running again and it OK until we had to pause at another set of traffic lights, and then my knees did the same thing again!

I made it back to RDC HQ then hobbled on to the tube, and by the time I’d made it to the other end I was close to tears. (The journey which usually takes me 20 minutes, had taken over an hour).

I got home and by then both knees had completed ceased up. I tried showering icy water on them, but when the heating in your house is broken, the very last thing you want is further cold! So I tried a hot water bottle instead, and lay in bed like a Lego man.

Today they feel a little better, but needless to say – this time I’ve learnt my lesson. I MUST warm up properly and I MUST ease myself in to exercise, rather than running full pelt.

So, I’m back in the game – albeit with a handicapped start. More to follow folks! x

Ellesse Marathon neon collection

As you may have gathered, I'm a fan of anything with ‘marathon’ in the title, and most things ‘neon’ too – so I was pleased to see that Ellesse has rereleased its Marathon’84 trainer style in a rainbow of flouro colurways. (The Marathon '84 style is named as such, as the Ellesse team wore them during the 1984 New York marathon).

Though it may not have the technology of a contemporary running shoe, it certainly holds its own in the aesthetic stakes. In fact it’s quite nice to see a retro footwear style, when all others seem to be looking increasingly futuristic.

For more information visit www.ellesseheritage.com


Hey You - TheShining

Listening to this on repeat...

Available on iTunes from today.


The month of October

Included Paris fashion week
An old Beetle says run like 'elle
More fashion

Back to London for some art exhibitions...

Miracles & Charms at the Wellcome Collection
The Minotaur at The Old Vic Tunnels
Gerhard Richter retrospective at Tate Modern
Pipilotti Rist at the Hayward Gallery
Moniker art fair
Frieze art fair
A few more stickers
Some massive deadlines, then off to LA!
A road trip to Palm Springs
Parties at The Parker
A hot dog pit-stop while vintage hauling in Long Beach
My favourite Halloween costume (It's supposed to be Lindsey Lohan, who is currently doing community service at LA County Morgue)
Pool time & posh breakfasts at The Beverly Hills

Home away from home - Venice Beach

Oh yes, and it was my birthday too! I had a happy October. x

Los Angeles says run like 'elle

I've spent the last two weeks in Los Angeles, and on my travels I couldn't help but notice a few run like 'elle stickers pop up around town...

Reggae star Gappy Ranks says run like 'elle
At photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis' exhibition at The Standard hotel, Hollywood

In Silverlake
At a yummy brunch spot in Silverlake

On the tip jar at The Roxy
Sunset Strip
Los Angeles Patrick's car says run like 'elle
Outside Opening Ceremony
On Fairfax

At Twelve Bar HQ
Inspector Gadget says run like 'elle at the Hollywood Halloween Parade