Trying to come back. It was quite a long way so my body needs time
|Week 1: 27 May – 2 Jun 19. 4 miles run/walk and 22 mile ride.|
|Week 2: 3 – 9 Jun 19. 13 miles run and 11 mile ride. 19:47 Parkrun|
|Week 3: 10 – 16 Jun 19. 21 miles run. 41:10 10K|
|Weight: 77Kg+ and increasing!|
With the skin peeling off my feet and time passing I think I can think about training and taking care of myself. My ankle is not perfect and I need to do some exercises and stretching. Remember Steve Birkinshaw and Huw Brassington needed months to recover. I am hoping my lack of running will get me back sooner.
This week I rested on Monday after a ride and very short run on Sunday where I ate the gnats of Essex. On Tue I had to do my fitness (fatness) test. I passed which was good. The bleep test isn’t easy when recovering from a sprained ankle but pain was only a 2/3. I wasn’t stopping at my level 8.03 as it was embarrassingly low so kept going to be last one standing (yes I’ve seen the ultra, yes I’m keen to have a go and visit big dog’s backyard ultra run by… Laz Lake or Barkley fame), level 11.03.
On Wednesday I ran in the evening for the first time in a while. It was a midweek 10Km competition in the Watford park. I’d signed up, bought a vest and put in my club change just in time! I ran 3.5 miles to the start, picked up my kit – there was a group on newbies, all recruited by Steve N. Nice to have company! I did the 10K in 41.10 in the rain. I paced it really well. After my trail and mountain training I was strong on the hills, fast going uphill and down, slow on the flat! I really didn’t want to go out after a busy day at work into the rain and pound the streets – now if it’d been a lakeland fell I’d have been straight out the door! It felt good to run fast though and I was 50th overall, 15th Watford Jogger.
I rested until Sunday and got out on some new trails with the Joggers. 13Km in 1:15. I now have nearly 4 weeks to train for the Wendover Woods 50Km night event. After that I have the Subida Veleta 50km straight up the highest peak near Granada, Spain. 50Km with 2800m isn’t a lot compared to the DBR but there is no downhill so it finishes at 3400m altitude!
And then I need to plan for the Bob Graham. At a social the other night someone who had done a recce and decided they stood no chance couldn’t remember the names of some of the peaks. I rattled off the detail. Mmmm… I might not have recce’d yet but the revision is coming along. I’m stacking up a list of supporters so I need to make plans.