After a few miserable months sulking because my Achilles Tendon on my right foot was giving me jip, I am back.
My plans to run the MK Half Marathon on 8th March were shelved, which was bitterly disappointing. My training had been going so well with me getting up to 16Km in just over 90 minutes. I backed off the running for a month in November, but by mid December stopped completely.
A change of job in January changed my working pattern (no more working at home), so getting running again was hard. That said Achilles was still giving me trouble. I am seeing a Physio now, and it seems to be very slowly improving, but I was a bit 'scared' to run.
Then this Monday, my wife, who had not quite completed C25K, and had stopped running, suggested we go out together. She was planning to run Week 5 again. So I went with her. We have only ever run together once before, she is a fair bit slower than me. It was great. We ran together for a while, but then I went off on my own at a slow pace. Running the short intervals, stretching between each run-to-walk transition. And I felt great.
Ran again last night, on my own this time. I covered 2Km. Nice and slow. As soon as I felt discomfort in my Achilles, I stopped, and stretched then set off again.
It felt so darn good to be out again. I felt liberated.
Plan now is to work my distance up nice and slow, and try and get my overall pace down. Then later in the year I will run my Half Marathon distance on the training route I had planned. (I owe it to the kind friends who had pledged money).
Great to be back