A quick update after a pleasing month given what I’d gone through since October!
I was able to get to the Midlands 12 Stage with my hamstring sufficiently recovered to confidently race, albeit completely unfit! Regardless of fitness I was as usual really looking forward to the relays however with it snowing all day, gale force winds & a ‘real feel’ temperature of -6c my enthusiasm was gone by about 10am! Still after managing to tie my laces with frozen fingers it was good to get stuck in & clear the lungs out on what was basically a time trial on the 11th leg over 10 minutes behind third!
Several good sessions progressively quicker through the month & tempo runs similarly improving in terms of time & pace for heart rate/effort. These included a decent 3 mile time trial on the old faithful Wilne loop as I chased down Jo who was treated to her own ‘Breaking 2(0)’ pacers of Andy & the returning Rich Kay.
An easier week to start April before another marker this Saturday with a 5 mile time trial, & having shed a further 2kg+ the National 12 Stage shouldn’t be too embarrassing! With 6 weeks until Highgate Andy’s early optimism looks like it may have been well placed but I still won’t be pushing anything.
A quiet time on the blogging side as it’s been a thoroughly boring time running wise! Seemingly endless easy/steady running for weeks on end alongside sticking to the rehab routine as much as possible! Continue reading
We’re all guilty of making excuses, some minor ones & some that have a greater impact on us & those close to us.
Through this period of rehabilitation from my hamstring injury my excuses have been in an attempt to justify missed exercises, stretching etc. But in reality I’m only kidding myself (& not very well either!) as it just delays when I get to my goal which at this stage is to return to full training. Continue reading
2017 certainly wasn’t the year planned, from Jo’s illness to start the year through to ending the year being grateful to at least be back to some easy running while away in Spain! Although I couldn’t train properly I was at least able to run every day, including several runs with Jo & exploring yet more quality routes in & around the Torrevieja area. Continue reading
With my first significant period of injury enforced time off from running for several years this really is proving to be a test of patience! Continue reading
I learned a long time ago not to set my sights on target races, times etc when sidelined through niggles or injury! However having learned that the hard way I also realised I needed to set myself some interim targets as well as longer term goals to aim for & ensure I retained my focus. Some people benefit from a complete break & enjoy the freedom from the routine of training. Continue reading
Well despite all good intentions, the disappointment of my DNF in Berlin & subsequent hamstring issues has meant a longer than planned break between blog posts so here goes with a quick update on Berlin, the last month & most importantly what lies ahead. Continue reading