Not Much Running

Last weekend’s long run left me feeling a bit worse for wear. In terms of energy and stiffness, I recovered within a couple of days, but on Sunday my ankle didn’t feel quite right. It didn’t feel injured, but there was a weakness there – that dull familiar ache of my previous injury coming back to haunt me? With a month to go until the Brighton Marathon, I wasn’t going to take any chances.

According to my self-styled training plan, today was to be a longish run of 15K, but as I hadn’t run all week and didn’t know how my ankle would hold out, I decided to just go for an easy 5K instead. As it turned out, this was a good call. The ankle was fine, although still a little weak, but I could really notice the difference of not having run for a whole week.

The main problem was that, eager to get going, I completely forgot about my pacing and started out too fast. Fortunately I realised this after the first kilometre and didn’t have to drop my ratio to complete the run, but it was slow. Still, it was good to get it done.

This week, I’m going to have to step things up a bit and make sure I get two decent mid-week runs in before my final long run next Saturday. After that, it’s taper time, so I need to make sure I’m back on track by then.

How’s your training going? What injury prevention strategies do you use as your training load starts to increase? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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9 thoughts on “Not Much Running”

  1. Sometimes you just gotta take a break but I know how nerve-wracking it can be when you have a long distance run planned. Sounds like you did the right thing and hopefully your next run will go as planned.

    1. Thanks Sharon. I did beat myself up a bit about not getting a longer run in this weekend, but better to take an easy week now than to risk an injury so close to race day.
      Good to see you’re back to running again too. 🙂

  2. Hope that ankle feels better soon!!! My training is going pretty well. Knock on wood! If need be I often skip the mid week long run and just up my shorter runs a bit so my legs can rest. My weekend long runs I stick to pretty religiously though.

    1. Thanks Michelle. It’s just a bit tight, but I’ll keep an eye on it.
      That’s great your training is going well. The weekend long run is the most important one for me too – it’s all about building the endurance, right? 🙂

  3. Look after yourself hunny 🙂 you are going to killIT!
    My training is DISMAL at the moment… I downloaded Jeff Galloways 10K app… but sheesh i feel like i need a manual to operate it, will be sitting down to night to check it out… no idea where to start… i know you did the 3:1 ratio… is that where you started? so its like 3 min run, 1 min walk for the total of 31 minutes

    1. Hi CeeJay. I didn’t really follow the program properly, but just adopted some of his techniques into my training program and found the 3:1 ratio worked well for me. Here’s a link if you want to figure out what’s the best ratio for you to use: http://www.jeffgalloway.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Why-the-Magic-Mile.pdf
      Basically, you run a mile a few times to work out your pace and then use that to find the right ratio for you.
      I hope it helps. 🙂

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