I am all smiles this week - at last my rather creaky body is starting to adapt to the rigours of running and built up some resilience. Some of you will remember in the early weeks and actually pretty recently- I have been tormented by lack of confidence and feelings of being tortured by running and feeling permanently sore and hurting. This resulted in lots of negative thinking and just feeling tired all the time
So I took an enforced rest and recovery period - and took a load of my body by using the Gym and spinning classes for some of my shorter runs. Last week was break through week on all sorts of fronts.
On my long run day I ran for 5 miles in agony - thinking I could run no longer - then a friend joined me and I ran another seven miles in no pain - but slowed up so I could run longer.
I seriously took the recovery advice and ate/drank the right things - and I was very surprised that I was not completely blown out for the rest of the day and was fine on the sunday. Limping by Monday - but assured by other marathon runners this was perfectly normal - and it was my body adapting- Really??
So what has this week Bought- very busy work week:
Tues: Another Gym session- 6 miles on bike, 3 miles cross trainer, 3 miles dread mill. This was to give my body some recuperation
Fri - Today - Few miles on dread mill, 45 min spinning class and then ran eight miles...and I lived to tell the tale. The really significant thing about today - is I could have curtailed the 8 mile run by half as I passed my front door. Had a pit stop - debated whether to throw the towel in - but felt I had energy in my legs - So back out the door I went for another 4 miles and even managed a sprint finish. ( I have to say I was also secretly pleased when at the spinning class I waved goodbye to mates with words 'just going to run 8 miles' - they looked seriously impressed!)
Been for a 'lovely' sport massage and feel great. My mind clear, body not hurting - all good. Finally those muscles have adapted! I am a little behind in the long runs and I am hoping to make it up in some sort of fashion (Although conventional advise is do not add too much to soon - or you will risk injury).
I am doing a fund-raising session with colleague on tues - between us we are going to complete a marathon on a treadmill at work. (Wish me luck - he is much faster than me!!) and then long run at weekend- will aim for 15 miles.
Tick tock - only 6 weeks left....
Thanks for reading an happy running