I've been foam rollering and icing and stretching my calf and I'm happy to report that after just two days rest from running, I completed a 5K route today without incident. I can really recommend foam rollers - even big girlie pink ones like mine (I ordered a blue on by the way and was sent a pink one), so for all you folks out there with niggles and aches and tightness in your legs and hips, go get yourself one of these little babies!
I managed my third 5K in a row in under 28 minutes which I'm very pleased about - today's being 27'42, only 14 secs short of my PB. I am determined to try and get it down to under 27 minutes if I can, but this will take monumental effort. Having dissected so many of my 5K run stats and tried to work out the best form of attack, I am still wondering where the extra burst of energy is going to come from to achieve this. The good news is that just over a year ago I couldn't have run for 60 seconds without calling an ambulance, so I'm pretty satisfied as to how I'm progressing.
But isn't that the great thing about running? No matter what your age, your effort levels, your energy supplies, you can always work on improving because of the multitude of variants in the stats. I love that about it. I know I'll never do what some of the parkrunners do (16 minutes for 5K!!!), but for a middle aged chap with his foot at the bottom rung of the "Fabulous 50's" ladder I'm not doing at all bad.
I wish I could tell you of some fantastic incident that happened today, but apart from a grumpy woman saying something about me taking up too much path when running past her, it was a nice and cosy run.
SO next stop will be saturdays parkrun I suppose. I'm definitely NOT drinking the night before this one, especially after last weeks palaver, so my plan is go into this one bright eyed and bushy tailed and see if I can improve my time a bit. Fingers crossed.
Right, back up my ladder I go, painting the windows on our little Victorian cottage.