Only a short report this week, mainly because I’m still struggling with injury and I don’t want to sound like a moaning sod.
I wanted this to be a real big mileage week of at least 70 miles, culminating with a race on Sunday – the Vale of York half marathon. I ran for about an hour on both Monday and Tuesday and then drove up to the reservoirs on Wednesday morning hoping to run at least 20 miles, maybe even 24 if I felt up to it.
My ankle didn’t feel too bad for the first two hours of the run, but then the pain returned and quickly got worse and I was forced to stop after about 15 miles and hobble back to the car.
I rested until Sunday and went across to the Sherburn Aerodrome for the Vale of York Half Marathon. I had a reasonably good race – finishing in just outside 82 minutes and apparently winning second prize in the MV50 age category.
Although my performance was OK, I wasn’t happy with my running. I was feeling the ankle throughout the run and I wasn’t able to run completely freely. My gait was different – I was heel striking more than usual on my right foot, subconsciously I was trying to protect the injury. Unsurprisingly, I felt twinges in other parts of my body.
I finished quite lame and as I write this on Monday I can’t walk without pain. Often it isn’t wise to self-diagnose using google, but this artcle:
describes my symptons accurately. Worringly, it says that one should not try to run through this injury. However, as Chester on October 8th is almost certain to be the only opportunity that I will have in my lifetime to wear a National vest then I am going to risk it.
There are four weeks remaining until Chester and I am fairly confident that I will be able to make the start line. I am not so confident about making it to the finish, but we will worry about that on the day.
My plan from now until 8 Oct is to hardly run at all, allow my ankle to heal as much as possible and to try to keep as fit as I can by cross training. I am going on a week-long cycling holiday in Italy next Saturday, so at least I will keep active and won’t have to think about running much.
CM -4 weeks
52.5 miles, longest run 18.3 miles
Parkrun – None
Weight 11 stone 3.4 lbs
Aerobic efficiency (HM 971 beats per mile)