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.
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.