A break from running…

It’s been a month since I last blogged and in that time, I’ve completed another couple of races and become injured.

The first race was the Lymington 10K on the 8th May. The race is locally organised in aid of the RNLI. I enjoyed the race although a lot of it was on gravel paths and there was a pretty nasty headwind for the first few miles. I still managed to PB by a few seconds although there were some reports that the race was short. Overall though, I was happy with the result.

Running up to the Lymington 10K, I’d cut back my training after getting some aches in my ankle and heel of my right foot. I didn’t want to make things worse. However, running at Lymington did! My 2nd RVCP 10K on the 15th looked in jeopardy. I was determined to run though and was hoping for another PB.

Henry had kindly said he’s run (slowly!) with me. We kept together for the first couple of km but my heel was starting to ache. I was in two minds about pulling out of the race but felt I had to complete it. My pace slowed and slowed but I kept going.

In the end it took me over 54 minutes to finish. A good 6 minutes more than my target of sub 48 minutes. Not very happy with that. I have to say that I really went for a sprint finish. Hammered home!!

Henry managed to hit target and had I not been injured, I’m sure I would have fought to do the same.

I hobbled back to the car with Denise and the boys in pain. Me. Not the boys. Some Ibruprofen later and at least I could walk (probably better described as limp!)

On Monday morning, I was still suffering. The injury has all the symptoms of Plantar Faciitis. 10% of people get it in their lives and it’s common in runners. Not a nice injury to have and one I hope I get over quickly.

I’m taking 2 weeks off running to try and recover. Hopefully that’ll be enough. Rather than rest completely, I’ve decided to start cycling 3-5 times per week.

So far it’s going well.

On Monday, I took my 14 year old MTB out for a 12.5 mile ride along Alington Lane, through Fair Oak, towards Botley and then through Hedge End and West End. My bike needs some TLC. It really wasn’t the most pleasant experience. I felt every bump in the road, every drain and pothole. I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to sit down because I was so saddle sore. Fortunately I could sit down after all.

I was not fast at all! 12mph! Less than half the speed of proper cyclists! Clearly lots of room for improvement.

Today (Tuesday) I cycled 13 miles. The same route except for heading into Botley. Unlike yesterday’s ride I got up out of the saddle on the inclines and managed to improve my average speed (slightly!)

Another 12 mile ride tomorrow and I’ll be well on my way to my target of 50 miles for the week.

I might even shake up my training when my running injury has cleared up and do cycling 1 or 2 days a week. We’ll see.

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One thought on “A break from running…

  1. James, all the best for a speedy recovery! A few of my injuries have been caused by trying to run them off. We’ll get that <22m parkrun & < 48 10k this year 🙂

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