And it was all going so well :-(
I don't know what went right, but after that tough but turned successful ride on the rollers Monday, I went for a run Tuesday and had an absolutely blisteringly quick run.
After knocking out a 49 minute 10k, which was comfortable and easy and felt more like I'd only run a mile or two, I hit a big climb, and ran up it at what felt like a real good speed. At the top, I found out it really was quick. 11:01 my pace for the climb, with a good helping of 1 in 4, thats usually about 12:30 / 13:00.
Easy trot back towards home then, but my legs were fresh and the last little rise towards the crest of the hill, by the gates to the country park, tempted me into a bit of a sprint. Not a proper sprint, more of a strong surge, but as the slope fell away it had set me up for a real fast bit of running.
That extra push, the extra leg speed, it stayed with me, and with gravity on my side, I ran that last half mile in a pace I still can't quite believe. At 8.5 miles, my average was 8:25. Half a mile later, it had dropped to 8:15. For the first time in ages, my running was fluid and free. I was even enjoying it on the roads!
2 minutes 43 seconds for that last half mile. 5:26 the pace.
For all of about 10 hours, things were really looking good. Too good. My body really doesn't like me to have things easy.
It payed me out Wednesday morning as I moved a box in work from one pallet to another, not even a heavy box, about 12kg if that. As I bent to put the box down, there was a horrible movement towards the base of my spine, right around the sacrum, and a sickly horrible pain washed right over me.
Yep, I've popped a bloomin' disc again!
At least the lay off will give my calf a chance to repair! It was great whie it lasted, but the calf didn't like going that speed.
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