My old bones have not been feeling good over the last couple of weeks, something has been amiss. I have suffered from knee and hip soreness which has precipitated a premature and involuntary taper.
In the ideal World, the training diary entry for the Sunday three weeks before a target marathon would read thus:
“last long run – 24 miles, steady start then felt strong and pushed the last six miles at marathon pace. Finished tired but quietly satisfied. Bring it on.”
An honest training diary for my last long Sunday run is:
- Got to the reservoirs at 8.00 a.m. ready to tackle a 22 mile long run with teammate John. At 8.05 a.m. John hadn’t arrived so checked my phone. Saw that he sent me a text last night explaining he couldn’t make it, but I hadn’t had the gumption to look at my phone until now…. Will have to do this run on my own with no iPod.
Set off running at shuffling pace, don’t feel great. Felt dull soreness in my left knee and right hip. Told myself to man up and get it done. It felt chilly and I wished I’d brought some gloves.
First mile took nearly nine minutes, but it was uphill and I wasn’t warmed up yet, told myself to dig in, it will get easier.
Slogged around first lap of 7.5 miles in just under an hour. 8 minute miling felt hard. What was going on? Set off on second lap without stopping. Tried to raise my speed a little. It started to rain, the kind of rain that really wets you. Thought ‘Hmm, I’m not enjoying this, I’m wet, cold, slow and lonely….zip it up!’.
Path blocked up with hundred of long distance walkers doing the Blubberhouses 25, spent my second lap dodging around them…
Finished second lap in two hours feeling effing dreadful. Thought, there’s no way I can do another 7 miles…Decided to do a short lap of 3.5 miles instead…
Set off for final short lap. After two minutes stopped abruptly feeling sore and incredibly fatigued. Muttered ‘Sod this for a game of soldiers’.
Walked back to the car and drove home.
I can trace these problems back to the Trimpell 20 two weeks ago. I think I went too hard and I haven’t recovered from that race very well. I’ve obviously picked up niggles in my knee and hip and on top of that I’m short on sleep.
However, I’ve had an easier few days since Sunday and I feel a little better now (Tuesday afternoon). I went for a 2.4 mile spin around the block last night and it was pain free.
So I’ve missed out the last proper long run and I’ve lost a bit of sharpness and top-end fitness because I’ve had a very easy couple of weeks. However, I still think I can run OK in London and I’m still hopeful of a PB, but its no longer the slam dunk certainty that it was a month ago.
I have a race on Sunday – the Vale of York 10, hopefully a decent run there might boost my flagging confidence a little.
39.4 miles, longest run 15.0 miles
Weight 11 St 2.8 lbs.
Aerobic efficiency on Sunday run 985 beats per mile