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.