I am progressing towards London a bit like a drunk trying to get off the Waltzers, i.e. I’m just about managing, but it isn’t graceful and it all might come crashing to an abrupt halt.
My sore knee and hip felt better in the early part of the week. I knocked the mileage back and got my bike out for a first run of the season. My white Italian carbon steed looked beautiful in the sun – clean and glinting, shod with fresh 25 mm tyres. The white carbon frame perfectly complemented my pasty Yorkshire legs, seeing the sun for the first time in seven months
On one of the lovely Spring evenings, I bombed around my standard 18.5 mile hilly circuit as hard as I could in just over an hour. With a nice fresh tailwind on my back, I recorded my fourth best ever time on the classic Strava segment from Otley up the hill to Pool Bank, in just over 6 minutes.
Although I was due to run the Vale of York 10 on Sunday morning, I still fancied putting in a decent effort at Roundhay parkrun on Saturday. I went for a progressive run, with the third and final circuit at max pace. I wore my chunky new Hoka Odyssey shoes and they felt OK, a bit spongier than my beloved Cliftons, but not bad.
I ran the final mile in under 6 minutes and finished 4th in just under 19 minutes.
Perhaps it was the hard parkrun, or maybe it was an afternoon spent digging over my vegetable patch, but during the warm up jog with Tim and Liz before Sunday’s race, my left knee felt really sore.
I knew straight away that I couldn’t race. The pain was not agony, but it was bad enough to be worrying. I might have been able to get myself round 10 miles, but I would not have been quick and I am certain that I would have aggravated the problem.
So I cheered off Tim and Liz for their race and treated myself to a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea. Tim maintained his good run of form with a new PB and a win in MV50 age category, I guess if I had been fit I would have had a fair chance of grabbing second place.
My perfect day was rounded off when a young BMW driver reversed into my car in Homebase car park. Cosmic!
I’m more frustrated than worried about London. I think with two weeks rest, my knee should be OK to run on. I’m going to try to keep fit by riding my bike and rowing and possibly by jogging on grass, but not for a few days.
I will lose some fitness so a PB is now unlikely, but London was never going to be the number one target marathon for the year – that is Chester in October.
20.6 miles, longest run 8 miles
Parkrun – (Roundhay) 18:58 (4th)
Weight 11 St 4.6 lbs.
Aerobic efficiency on Sunday run N/A