I did my third run of the week this morning - I say "DID" very loosely, as it was an almighty disaster! 80% walking and only 20% of running. I was most despondent about that I must say.
The weather was and still is glorious. Icy cold but incredibly sunny with a flawless sky and I set out along the River Thames path at a slow but steady pace. Decided to change my route today as I didn't fancy running along roads where I could hear traffic, so I crossed the walkover bridge at Richmond Lock and headed towards Kew. It was blissful - birds were singing and loooooads of other runners were out, taking full advantage of the magnificent location. All was going well for a while until my right leg started to feel like a lead weight. I pushed on and shuddered at a woman jogger (with her dog) who passed me carrying a see through plastic bag containing a large contribution from her dogs bowels! Imagine jogging holding a bag of sh**???? YUCK!
My right leg was becoming heavier and heavier and I had to stop for a walk break. Seeing as I'm still slowly trying to get my fitness levels to where they once were, I wasn't too annoyed about walking. It was such a lovely morning, I was pleased to be out. I tried another run a few minutes later and felt pretty awful but I pushed on for a bit. I was wondering why my legs were feeling so damned heavy? I've had a niggle in my right shin for ages, but it's not a shin splint because a physio and a podiatrist examined me recently. There's a muscle called the soleus muscle which sits on the inside of the shin and from what I've read about it, it can take quite a while to settle down once inflamed or overstretched. Maybe that's it? Dunno.
Anyway, still quite a long way from home I had to give up my run. The discomfort was way too much to keep going so I walked slowly home. Once I got there I got into the jacuzzi and aimed the jets at my legs and did a major bit of chillaxing.
We all have bad 'un's don;t we? But boy, it still makes you feel miserable when it happens to you. Especially as I used to eat 5K's for breakfast not so long ago......and a few of them within the 30 minute mark too!!
Perhaps the next one will be better? Hope so.....