Before talking about today's Parkrun here is an update on my Half Marathon training. Since last Sundays 10km in just under 50 minutes I have had very tight calves. I ran a slow 5km on Tuesday (30 minutes), it had to be slow because whenever I tried speeding up my legs ached. On Thursday I was meant to do another 10km in about 50 minutes but my calves were still tight so I wasn't sure how it would go. I ran the first 3km in just over 15 minutes but it was a struggle and my calves were getting tighter so I decided to run home and make it a 5km. The last 2km were a real struggle even though I slowed down a lot. To make it worse it started to pee it down and I got soaked to the skin, so for once the movies got it right and the weather reflected my mood! I finished the 5km in 27mins.
I've been stretching on the days since and decided to run today's Parkrun but to take it easy. I wanted to run the first km in about 5mins but my calves were tight so I slowed down until I completely warmed up and then increased the pace slightly and maintained it. My calves were slightly uncomfortable but not painful. When I got to the finishing straight I increased my pace for a fast finish and overtook a few people and got the heart pumping a bit finishing in just over 26 mins. I made sure I warmed down and stretched properly.
I have also ordered a foam roller and will be using that regularly when it arrives. I will also examine my half marathon training plan and may have to reduce it from 4 runs a week down to 3 runs, but I haven't decided yet. If I have to miss many runs then I'll also have to readjust my aim of a 1 hr 45 min half marathon.
Enjoy your running all and I'll let you all know how I get on.