I don’t think I’m asking for much but I just want to be able to run, for more than just one run in a blue moon, pain free! I’m doing everything I can to fix my ‘I ran a half marathon too soon post-Berlin’ error and feel that I’ve surely paid my dues by now! For the 7 weeks since then I’ve been rollering, stretching, icing, Ibuprofening, resting, cross training, enduring sports massage plus a new sports massage torture to the point of bruising! Tuesday was the latter; I decided to try a different approach to sports massage, an even more painful one than normal! It was 70 minutes of deep muscle pounding where on the plus side I learnt that I have a very high pain threshold and there is nothing dramatically faulty with my legs; recurring aching calves is down to wearing heels whilst in a job standing all day for many years in my younger days, and all the other tight muscles pains and aching knees is just down to all the unrelenting pounding I’ve given my poor legs this year! So even though Wednesday morning I woke up with bruised thighs and quite sore legs I felt positive.
Wednesday night I went to the gym for some more stretching, core work and 30mins on the cross-trainer; this felt okay apart from the soreness of the previous days pummelling!
Thursday was club run and I managed to whinge my way around the 5 miles with my sore thighs, tight calves, the usual complaints!
Friday night I went to the gym for yet more stretching and core work, also for variation I tried the step machine but that I discovered was a step too far for my knees so I quickly moved on to the bike instead and this was pain free well apart from the usual complaints!
Halleluiah! Saturday morning and I ran 2 miles to my spinning class, completed my 45min class, ran 2 miles home, then ran the short distance up to the Post Office with all my Christmas parcels and cards, then ran back home, but get this…..it was pain free! No twinges in my knees or hips and no tight calves. Woo hoo!
Then black Sunday arrived and I had the run from hell, the one you want to forget forever! I decided that I wanted to run a gentle 10 miles and chose the cycle path as apart from being picturesque with all the autumnal colours still around the path is mainly compacted soil which was preferable to running along compared to the constant jarring surface of tarmac or concrete. The first 3 miles were hard going but I ploughed on as this is often the case until I’ve settled into a rhythm, so I just tried to concentrate on the scenic surrounding and wildlife going about their daily business. However apart from the normality of my stiff legs my throat had the sensation that it was lined with nails and my eyes just felt like they were just little holes in my head, so all in all promising! I persevered though as I am a Realbuzzer and I do not give up! Finally after saying hello to the horses, sheep and pheasant I reached 5 miles and it was time to finally turnaround and head home. I stood and stretched for a few minutes, got my head in order and decided that I would try to run a negative split, the quicker I ran then the quicker this agony would be over! The pace wasn’t too bad but boy did everything hurt, but at least the pains had the decency to take it in turns; from hips, to knees, to thighs, to calves, they all had their moment in the limelight! I finished the 10 miles exactly in front of my house; 1hr 35mins with the return leg being 1 minute quicker than the outgoing one, so at least it was a negative split!
What a demoralising run but in hindsight maybe 10 miles Sunday was just too much with post traumatic massage syndrome and also a bit too optimistic post Saturday run/spin/run and with the previous 3 days exercise!
However onwards and upwards and a new weeks starts…..with a rest day!
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