A short post, by necessity really after such a short run.

My muscles took until this morning to recover after Saturday. My hips were fine yesterday, just soreness in the other muscles which finally stretched out to feel surprisingly fresh this morning. But despite a change of boots to my faithful old riggers, as I set off for 5 miles after work, I got 50 or so yards down the road and wasn’t comfortable at all. Limping with every stride to try and protect a seriously painful left shin (every step a wince, whether on heel, toe, midfoot, instep or outsole), I got to the bottom of the first hill, tried to assure myself it was better on an upslope, got to the flat at the top and couldn’t manage to convince myself I wasn’t doing serious damage in carrying on, so went back to the office.


9.19 average pace for 0.61 miles. A failure in my schedule. A hope i’ll be able to stretch/rest/ease/ointment it for a recovery run tomorrow. I’m looking forward, perversely, to 18 miles on Saturday so will look toward that rather than tomorrow, but I don’t know what to do. And rest is the only certain way not to mince myself an blow London completely. Which, after 11 weeks focused training, simply isn’t an option. But rest isn’t the way to complete the biggest mileage week of the entire schedule. Which is now blown.

1mm rain. 11 mince pies made last night. And none of it can make me feel any less shite.


5 responses to “Nervous

  1. Sounds like you need my excuse of the day then.

    ‘In my experience, a bad run always follows a good one’

  2. This reminds me of a crucial 15-miler I tried to do when I was training for my first London marathon. About 13 miles in, I literally lost the ability to put one foot in front of the other and just couldn’t go any further. I had to find a phonebox, reverse the charges home and get my Mum to pick me up. She found me weeping on the verge.

    I was depressed for a week, convinced I was never going to be ready. But, after a couple of very short recovery runs, I was ready to tackle the same route again – and I was fine. Without wishing to undermine your current feeling of shiteness, everyone has crappy days. You will recover, and you will be ready for the big one. 🙂

  3. Although I am doing nowhere near the mileage that you are doing, if it’s any consolation, I had a shocker yesterday too. Seems the universe was conspiring against runners… Try not to concentrate on the blown week’s training and instead focus on resting the leg and getting better so you can continue training for London.

  4. Pingback: grin and bear it « RunningAmok

  5. Argh!! Sorry. I’ve put a link to your post in my latest post and have accidentally caused my entire post to appear as a comment. Apologies – I shall go away and write out “I must not copy and paste the incorrect link” 100 times…

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