Much more positive this week. From last weeks long run - I was left with zig zag pain spots - which just moved up my body- right leg, left glutes, right hip- left back you get the picture. Just sore. So I made the decision - to not run all week - but went to the gym for low impact sessions on cross trainer, bike and spinning. Managed to go three times. I also went for sports massage - which was heaven.
After some careful weather checking - I decided to forgo watching my lovely eldest son play rugby (he apparently had his best game of season and got man of the match!) - and ran this lovely sunny morning. I planned 14 miles- and tried to map a circular route that would bring me back home. So the preparation was key - sans alcohol sat night- lots of pasta carbs. This morn hunted out all my fav gear - Black and yellow go faster socks, big pant running knickers, warm winter leggings. packed in bag - atkins coconut bar, skittles and a professional block shot. For drinks I have gone back to plain old water - it is just so refreshing. Loaded with pain killers - good to go!
It was quite chilly, but within 10 mins was baking is the lovely sun and having to run the shade of lane hedges. This bought its own drama of sheet ice that had not melted- careful out there folks - I really did not want to fall. I went out of town into the devon lanes and relised I did not have my iPod with me - so no running music. But you know it was such an idyllic day- sun shining, sheep out and about, frost on verges- so pretty. First 3 miles steady and easy- then a few miles of hills- so ran/walked. Then along beach-tried a loo stop - but they were shut - flooded with vile dirty water and silt (makes me realise how people have really suffered in the last few weeks). Ploughed gamely on and headed back into town and along the front alongside the River Dart. Lots of people dodging- but smiles on folks faces enjoying the good weather. By 10 miles my legs were really starting to slow and felt like blocks of granite. i managed to push out another two miles - but slow and heavy going.
But still vey pleased with output compared to last weeks v painful slow run.
So I am beginning to think in eight weeks time I will run the London Marathon - Roll on next week!
Happy running everyone