There comes a time when rest from all activities and endeavours is required.

Having broken two ribs a week or so ago, my consultant who treated my Achilles issue today thought it was brilliant timing.

My CV fitness is taking a hit. I can feel it already. Body fat is on the up and the general level of physical wellbeing is possibly at an all-time low.

That said, it could be a different story. Had I not pulled out of a race, I would probably have caused permanent damage to my tendon and opened a whole can of injury flavoured worms.

Had I not broken my ribs, I doubt that I would have stayed away from exercise for