Paul the Trainer is a multi-talented chap. He’s also got a wicked sense of humour, which is why we had no doubts we were in for a night of heavy running just two days before he 10k.
We turned up at his front front door in Leith and were greeted by a cliet who looked us us pitifully, shook his head and said something along the lines of ‘Arthur’s Seat tonight lads? Rather you than me.’
In fact Paul had a surprise for us, in more ways than one. He is a fully trained sports massage therapist and had plans to get our leg muscles ready for what lay ahead.
It was in part a chance for us to talk about how we were feeling in the run up and to allow Paul to check out how locked up our quads and other leg muscles were.
What he didn’t tell us was that this was no relaxing Indian style soother. This was a robust, Swedish massage. It almost made us cry.
Get to about six minutes into this video, and I think Iain almost did.
Apologies for my dodgy iPhone camera work.
It is both disturbing, and not up to the standards of producer Clare’s magnificent boxing reel.
But you can see why we’d spare her this particular trauma.