The age old question - a cry for mercy usually found in the "beginners" running forums - how can I tell them that I have categorically found the answer to their question?? NO! - it just gets harder and harder - until, one day, after a particularly bad run, you have to ask yourself other questions like "Have I REALLY been running for the past two years?? Have the 1700 klms that show on my running log really been run by me???
How else can I explain the exhausting 10K I ran ( using a moderate run/walk ratio) at a pace 15 seconds per K slower than I ran a HM just 4-5 weeks ago??? Why do my feet go to sleep when running almost every time now ? Why are my calves as hard as rocks now when I run?? I have almost given up on non-stop running. It has become a nightmare - nothing to enjoy in that at all anymore for me!! Even run/walking doesn't seem to be working too well!!
It won't be long now until, for around 7 weeks, I will be only able to run using a treadmill (going on a LONG cruise around the Indian Ocean to South Africa and back!! 6 weeks to go until then -- maybe I need a bit of a break from the road????