How good does running make you feel? I am so enjoying it!
Since I started my comeback around 6 weeks ago I have tried to run three times a week. Tuesday evenings at the club session, mostly doing track work to try and get some strength and speed back into the legs.
On a Thursday there is a running group at work which I have re-joined, the group has diminished in numbers over the last couple of years so I have tried to encourage more people to get back and started touting for new people to join. It is for all abilities and sometimes it is just a slow 5k, as numbers rise again we will be able to split into different groups with more distance and pace options.
At weekends I have been doing what I can to keep the mileage ticking over. I have my own unique plan (guarantees a sub 4 hour marathon remember?!) that occasionally means that not every weekend there is a run!
Over the last year or so two new parkruns have sprung up, almost on my doorstep. This is great as I now have a choice on a Saturday morning. A couple of weeks back I tried out Ellenbrook Fields parkrun, which is held on the former airfield at Hatfield. It used to be a BAe factory, before that it was De Havilland’s manufacturing base.
As a former airfield it is flat and one taxiway remains which is also the finishing straight, the rest is a mixture of compressed gravel paths, tracks and grass.
It was pouring with rain the morning I went along and there were a lot of puddles to negotiate. I had a reasonable run, I lacked a sprint finish though and got overtaken with about 500m to go and couldn’t chase the guy down. I finished in 15th place which was my highest placing at a parkrun for years. The rain kept the numbers down which certainly helped!
Last Saturday I returned to St Albans parkrun for the first time in well over a year. A cold, frosty but sunny morning attracted a slightly smaller crowd than usual but still over 300 runners. I got a bit held up especially on the first lap, and finished in 77th place in the end with a slightly slower time than at Ellenbrook.
A quick cup of tea in the café afterwards then off to the Elephant and Castle pub for the Striders pub run. This would be my first ‘double’ for as long as I could remember.
The Striders pub run is a lovely event held once a month, no real worries about pace or distance, it is sold as a ‘social run for all, everyone welcome’ and finishes back at the pub with a lunch or drink option available. The routes are mostly off road, following footpaths and bridleways, sometimes into Heartwood Forest, sometimes along the Lea Valley and into the grounds of Brocket Hall.
The route was just shy of 8 miles in lovely sunshine, the longest run of my comeback so far, added to the parkrun earlier that morning and I had got into double figure mileage for the first time in over a year.
On the medical front I have an MRI scan appointment in just over two weeks, hopefully this will reveal exactly what the problem is, but in the meantime I am going to just keep on running and having a great time!
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