First off, one of the three statements in the title is a lie. I'll leave you to make your educated guesses as to which it might be.
After half an hour's torture (read: sports massage) on my poor injured hamstring, my physio told me yesterday that it would be okay to start running again in preparation for the HM on the 19th. Take it easy, she said. Start with 5 km, and if that feels fine, then you can do up to around 10 km, and then increase it gently over the week up to 10 miles. I don't know what I had expected - after all, I'm the one who has set the target with the 21 km in two weeks time. But still...
So I trotted along, keeping a careful eye on the heart rate monitor and tried to maintain around 145 bpm (similar to my last long pre-injury run a few weeks ago). 10 km took 3:20 longer than it did then; presumably that's the loss of fitness from not having been out running for two weeks. The run ended up being just under 12 km. Not because I don't know how to follow instructions, but no matter how many times I phoned the council and insisted they should come out and shorten the roads, they just wouldn't hear any of it. And I thought it would look stupid if I had brought my laptop with me on the run and sat down in the rain to work. So all in all, I needed to get home, and it just so happened that it was 12 km to do that.
The physio had said to stretch as soon as I got in from running, so I skipped the usual 5 minute cool down walk and instead ran home and stretched right away. Amazing how much further I can stretch my hamstrings with warm muscles compared to the (by now regular) cold stretches she's got me doing three times a day. Talking about which... I'm still a bit wary of stretching cold muscles, but I guess it would be stupid (even more stupid than I normally am) to pay good money for professional advice, and then go on to ignore it. So I'm doing as I'm told.
Spent a good 15 minutes stretching hamstrings, calfs and quads. Pre injury I have been doing 15 seconds on each leg for each of the three muscle groups, so a couple of minutes in total. The physio wasn't having any of THAT. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, and repeat 3 times, she said. With all this obedience from me, it probably won't be long until my owner takes me on the agility course. Good little puppy that I am. Woof!
I feel fine. No aches. No pains. My right hamstring is a little more tired than the left, but not uncomfortably. No wobbling when going up the stairs. So all in all, I consider myself being off the injury couch.
I'll see how I feel tomorrow, but if I'm okay still, I'll go for a 5 km recovery run, and then take Thursday off for rest. Add another long run on Friday and the 10 miler on Sunday. That'll give me a week to taper before the HM. I might just make it. I'm very optimistic today!
Summersaults? Baah, not in a million year from this old geezer, that's for sure!