Archive | September 2014

No Pressure

It’s no coincidence that my return to training has coincided with a couple of days annual leave from work. Training this summer would been pretty hard to fit in, injuries aside, due to the fact that the last two months have been the busiest ‘busy season’ that we’ve ever had. However, now that the ‘busy season’ is coming to an end, I can finally take a couple of days off, so what better week to book my break than the week that I planned to return to training?

I wasn’t sure about running today. Yesterday’s session, short as it was, went well but it left me feeling pretty tired for the rest of the day. I didn’t want to overdo things or run the risk of the injury flaring up again. But then again, I did have the day off and tomorrow as well, so I figured that if I just took it easy I could probably get away with it. Besides, there’s something quite liberating about getting an early run in on a Monday morning when everyone else is on their way to work.

So yes, I went for a run. A nice, easy, no pressure 3K walk/run. The same as yesterday, pretty much, except that this time instead of going to the seafront, I headed to Hove Park to have a go at running on some inclines rather than just on the flat.

When I got to the park, it was fairly quiet. There was a small fitness group running around on the grass, a guy doing some exercises with his personal trainer and a couple of other runners, but that was pretty much it. No dogs, no cyclists, no kids. Nice and quiet with plenty of room to run.

Although I was looking forward to trying out the inclines, I decided to avoid the steeper section of the main lap as this tends to put a bit more pressure on the ankle and achilles, and opted for two and a half small laps instead. As with yesterday, I took some walk breaks but only on the flatter sections, and ended up with a slightly faster average pace of 6:44 minutes per kilometre.

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To be honest though, at this stage I’m not too bothered about the pace. What I really want to do is get myself back to running regularly and without injury before I start training for February’s half-marathon. Nice, relaxed, no pressure running – that’s the key!

Of course, I’ll probably go for another short run tomorrow. Well, I have got the day off after all.

How’s your running going? Are you training for a race, getting back after injury or just running for the sheer fun of it? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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A Wee Short Jog

After two whole months of sitting on the sidelines, feeling miserable about being injured and not being able to run, I finally decided this morning to tie on my running shoes and go for a wee short jog along the seafront.

Getting back into running after a such a long break isn’t as easy as you might think. Even though I’d missed it like crazy and was itching to get back out there and start working on my half marathon training, I was nervous. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do what I could do two months ago and that there would be a fair bit of catching up to do, and that bothered me. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to do it.

Silly, I know, but there you have it.

In the end though, I realised that the only way to get back on track was to get up, get dressed and get out the door. That was always the hardest part back in the days of C25K and even then, when I could barely run for 60 seconds, I always felt better about it once I got going. It was just a case of getting out there.

So, a little after 8:00 am, I headed for the seafront for a wee short jog. There was no plan, no expectation, no training goal to aim for. Whether I ran or run/walked, it didn’t matter. If I managed a kilometre, I would be happy; if I did five, it would be a miracle. I just wanted to have fun and see what I could do.

Surprisingly, I managed to do more than I thought I would. Ok, so I had some walk breaks but I completed 3K without too much trouble.

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I did consider jogging back home to clock up another kilometre, but with narrow uneven pavements and the prospect of dodging pedestrians and dog walkers, I thought better of it. No point in risking a rolled ankle at this stage, right?

Besides, I’d been for a run. And that was all I needed, for now at least.

How’s your training going? How do you motivate yourself you get back out there after a long break from running? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

A Quick Update

I just realised that it has been six weeks since I last ran (or posted), so I thought I’d better explain myself…

Ever since I started running last year, I’ve had a bit of a niggle in the ankle/achilles area. It’s nothing major and I usually just wear a support when it starts to annoy me, but on my last run it started to become pretty painful so I decided to take a proper break and let it sort itself out.

Six weeks on, it’s still not great. I can walk on it without any problems but there’s a definite weakness there – stiffness in the morning when I wake up and sometimes it’s tender to touch. Tempting as it is to just ignore it and go for a run, I know that’s not the answer. So, I’m resting. Taking a break. Trying to be patient and let it heal. Annoying, yes, but there you have it.

As a result of all of this, I’ve completely neglected my little blog, which there really isn’t any excuse for. So, today I decided to put things right – to start posting again and catch up with all of my favourite running bloggers.  And, even though I’m not running, it feels great to be back!

How’s your training going? How was your summer? Are you still running and blogging and all that good stuff? Please leave a comment to let me know how you’re doing- I’ve missed you!

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