IN the deepest Amazon rainforest, a small, isolated tribe called the Zo’e mark a special moment by drinking a naturally-fermented drink and then vomiting it back up.
For some Galashiels households early last Monday morning, they must have thought a Seh’phy ceremony was taking place in a neighbouring property.
Instead, it was myself, suffering from a sickness bug so violent it would have had Wee Mad Tam from the local pub downing his nip and running home crying for his mummy.
Tam would have probably been in better shape than this reporter to tackle any long-distance runs last week, as I made the decision not to pull on the trainers in order to fully get over my illness.
It has not been a great month training-wise.
My troublesome injury at the start of the month turned out to be runner’s knee – for long-distance athletes, an ailment as common as an empty seat at the Olympics.
I battled on, but holidays for my running partners have meant I missed out a series of endurance-building treks around the Borders countryside.
The only one of the month was a 12-miler in the Ettrick Valley, taking in Duchess’s Drive.
While myself and David Knox decided to walk a few of the scarily-steep hills – we weren’t knackered, honest – the slightly younger member of our dream team, Jack Stanners, ran almost the whole route.
The Selkirk teenager, usually seen on the track, is certainly one to watch for the future.
Back on the roads and country tracks this week, a big motivational tool will be the start of fundraising for The Rowan Boland Memorial Trust, which raises cash for talented young sportspeople in the Galashiels area. Aware of the number of sponsorship forms people are asked to donate towards these days, I am asking backers to hand over a maximum of £1 towards my total.
You can pledge your pound at TheSouthern’s office in Selkirk, Galashiels Cricket Club or email myself at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on entering the 38-mile Borders Three Peaks in October, visit www.jedburghhalfmarathon.org.uk