I think my last post was back in May when I completed my first, and to date only, 10k. Shortly after that I picked up an injury that I couldn’t shake off and stopped running for a few months. Eventually I visited a physio who diagnosed the problem, gave me some exercises to do and told me there was no reason that I shouldn’t start running again.
What I like about C25K is that it is great for coming back after an injury. Through August and September I got back up to 5k using runs from weeks 3 to 9. I have now been running 5k three times a week for the past 4-5 weeks. This is the consolidation that I probably should have done after completing C25K earlier this year, before starting B10K.
As a reward I visited a local running shop at the weekend and had a gait analysis. The result is the bad boys you see here. It turns out I need more support than the original shoes, bought from an Asics outlet store with minimal analysis, were giving me.
Tonight was the first run with the new shoes and the difference was obvious straightway. It’s hard to describe, but the run seemed to take less effort and I felt I had plenty left after 5k. To anybody thinking about gait analysis I would recommend it, even if, like me, you thought your existing shoes were fine.
What next? I intend to continue consolidating with 5k’s 2-3 times a week until the end of the year. In the new year I will start B10K again and give myself plenty of time to get comfortable with 10k runs. The target is the London 10K in May again, and my aim is to finish in under an hour.