In my continuing recuperation running programme I seem to have come up short on one or two items.
1) The formulation of a structured programme to measure progress.
I want to be able to run cleanly and happily all over again but know it will be a massively long task. But Jogblog forwarded me a 5k race to enter in Rye (where I’m currently working) and, looking at the results from the last one, I instantly started looking at the 21 minute finisher mark for where I’d place. Which is probably about 3 minutes ahead of a realistic time even assuming I get as far as 3 mile runs by early September. I’m hoping, but if everything gets uncomfortable again, I fear I’ll take aeons to recover let alone get back on it.
Today I ran my 1.5 mile route again and I’m planning to try 3 small runs next week to keep a steady increase in running without the high stress of longer runs. About a mile per week increase seems good – I’m not hurting at all with it at the moment, my muscles are recovering well (so they should with a poxy mile and a half run each time but I’m aware that tired muscles will make me lazy with bounciness which might increase impact and lead to bone problems again, so call me paranoid but I’m not up for another fracture!) so I think I’ll continue.
My best goal is to get to the Ashford 10k on the same day as the Royal Parks Half. I had planned to storm it and try for a stupid quick (for me) time, but I just hope now to be able to compete and sneak under 50 minutes if possible – 6 miles of sub 8 minute mile will be a nice idea, I reckon, after 8 weeks of running.
I’ll see how it goes. I’ve challenged all the young pups at work to make it a bit of a works outing in the knowledge that they’ve got up to 20 years youth on me, haven’t been knackered through the summer and think themselves a bit tasty – all in a bid to give me a goal to aim for even if I get frustrated that I’m not back on form. Don’t know if many will take me up on it at this stage but it might prove fun, will keep me focused as long as I don’t get carried away and hurt myself (which won’t happen!) and should provide a fine social afterwards.