It's so long since I put finger to keyboard but I have tried to 'dip in' to some of the blogs, especially when I get the . weekly digest. As a veteran graduate I know what C25k has done for me, getting me off the couch and running for real. I am now two weeks away from my third half marathon ... and have come up against the dreaded ITB problem. I did the first 9k of what was meant to be a 16k run last Sunday only to find I couldn't go on. I'd been running alongside a man of 71 who was setting me a bit of a pace and enjoying that striding out for a while, knowing that I could chill it slightly after he went his way and I went mine. But 2k later and I knew something was not right. My knee was going and starting to hurt. So I stopped and I sipped some water, stretched out a little and tried again, only to make no more than 300m. My knee was actually giving way to the strain. The 4k to home felt like a LONG walk.
This morning I went down to the park and walked round part of my normal route with extra large numbers out and enjoying the good weather running ... and me feeling little twinges of jealousy.
But what to do with all this and Run Hackney half marathon coming up? I have been stretching, rollering and trying to rest but it is incredibly frustrating. I want to be ready for the race but know it might not happen. I know I have to be philosophical about things and just get myself better in time for the race after next and make sure I do enough to prevent this happening again.
Keep posting and keep on running!