Hello all. I hope everyone is well.
I'm conscious that my blogs lately have been a little negative, however, I feel that it's good to be honest and tell it as it is - warts and all. Thankfully there are no warts in this post though as it's been a good week :-).
I left my last post with an 18 mile run to do the next day; after a not so good 16 miler the week before. As always I was nervous before the run, however, I'm pleased to say that it went as well as can be expected for someone who's been injured and hasn't run that far in 1 1/2 years! The last 2-3 miles were very slow but I didn't need to walk so that's progress!
In the old days Tuesday would have been my speed session but I still didn't feel ready for that so decided to do a 4 mile recovery run instead. I managed to bunk off work early so that I could join David and the dog in a local park in the gorgeous sunshine that we had that day. David was doing a speed session around the park whilst I just plodded around. I started off slowly and carefully but was feeling good and pain free. In the 3rd mile I decided to have a go at picking up the speed a little and I felt great! I managed to pull off a sub 9 minute mile which I was gobsmacked by (my first in months!). One mile to go and I challenged myself to do this one under 9 minutes too...and indeed I did. There was such joy in that feeling of my lungs bursting and pushing myself. It's been a while since I've felt like I'd gone for an actual run rather than a painful plod.
Thursday was my kettlebell class and my tempo run was Friday. 5 miles and once again I nailed it. Another couple of sub 9 minute miles in there and I felt good.
I have no idea how I seem to have managed to improve on my speed over the past couple of months given how much my training has taken a knock! I've been religously doing by phyio excersies and core/strength work. Plus I'm doing at least one weights session (sometimes 2) each week: either my kettlebell class or 30 minutes of weights at home. I guess all of that must have made a big difference.
My calf isn't completely cured as I can still feel that something is not quite right but it certainly doesn't hurt anymore.
Tomorrow David and I have a 20 mile race in Lancaster (hopefully it won't be called off because of the weather). As always I'm nervous about covering that distance but fingers toes and everything else crossed I could be over the injuries just in time to get to the start line of London fit to run it!
I had a funny experience in yesterday's run. I was on a cycle path near where we live when I noticed 4 teenage lads coming towards me complete with hoodies/bomber jackets etc. One of them broke into a silly jog as they were approaching and I was expecting some heckling or possible hassle. But then he held out his hand (like kids do to be high fived in races); then the other 3 also started jogging in a line behind him with their hands out. They were all smiling and I high fived them all as I went passed. It was an unexpected cute moment that put a smile on my face!
Happy running everyone. And for those marathon training...not long until taper time now!
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