A written update this week. It has been just too wet and wild out there to do any filming, so here we are then.
So as my last blog said, I am working with a plan- one which so far, on the whole, working for me. Each week is seeing slow progress and it seems to be fitting me.
Tuesday night is social night, where I go running with Phil. We are both members of the North Devon Road Runners, so we meet up and go off and do our own thing, which so far is a couple times around a 2-mile loop. Sadly, Tuesday night also seems to be rain night, and this week was no different.
These nights remind me that there is fun to be had when running. I don’t often run with others, so it is nice to get out and chat. The miles come and go and then all of a sudden we have done just over 4 miles and I did not really notice it. Plus, the level of bollocks and bullshit discussed is at a very- very– high level.
Thursday night is sprint night. My warm-up mile went on a bit longer this week (bad planning on my behalf), and looking back I feel that the difference between the sprints and the rests was minimal this week. I think the main benefit to me was moving my body faster rather than the actual speed itself. Either way, it does seem to benefit me somehow, so I will keep going.
Oh- did I mention it was raining?
Long run day! The plan called for 6 miles, but I am keen to have something in my pocket so I am trying to stay a mile ahead of this, which will give me flexibility should I have to miss a week. 7 miles it is then.
The weather was atrocious but I know that this is the most important run of the week so off I went. Going for distance- instead of time or pace- is lovely, as you can be flexible. Fancy going over there? Of course. Try this road? Yes. Stop for a toilet break? No problems.
Overal, it went well, and I am pleased I even managed to ‘sprint’ the last half mile. The main problem has been my hip which has been really sore since. As a reminder, it is this hip pain which caused me to pull out of last years London Marathon. The pain is just as bad as last year, so this week must be a week of stretching and rolling to see if I can overcome it.
So a crucial week ahead in my journey to the end of the mall. Fingers crossed my hip pain will pass and I can crack on with training!