Oh well, I guess it had to happen sometime! Now I can properly empathise with anyone with a running injury. I was so excited this lunchtime as I had planned my new route – a sort of circular one, so not a straight out and back or a mad sporadic one, but a properly planned route. I was really looking forward to it as it was my last of my B210K week 1 and the first time I had managed to run 4 times in a week, i.e. Sun, Tues, Thurs and Sat!
Feeling on top of the world, I set off listening to the AAM. I ran along a B road, then turned onto an A road (very noisy, lots of traffic) but did this purposefully as I was to be rewarded (as I knew I would be) with a quiet and more beautiful return journey. I turned off the A road along a lane and noticed a glove on the ground. It made me smile, thinking of the “gauntlet” I had picked up from my friend here who suggested perhaps going for 10k
So, on I ran, and within moments saw a beautiful ploughed field to my right with stalks of straw or something poking up every 20cm. There were so many of them, it reminded me of Remembrance Sunday and the War Graves in France. I decided to dedicate this run to all those who died in the wars to give us peace.
I saw a beautiful solitary winter white swan on the tributary to the Thames and some more vibrant red berries on a tree. The gorgeous horses were not in sight, but the white mansion on top of the hill still looked amazing in all its splendour. I was into run 3 when I noticed I wasn’t far off 5k, so I decided at 4.44km (30 minutes) to continue to get to 5k. I got there and my Garmin said 33:34 or something like that, so I was pleased. I then paused my phone to walk for one minute and then ran again. When I set off for my final 10 minute run, my knee began to complain. I wasn’t going to stop, (so it couldn’t have been that bad) but I finished the run and did my stretches at home.
Tomorrow is a rest day, but I am taking my Mum to Bath for a day out. I did want to run along the Royal Crescent, but guess I’ll have to walk it instead. Will sit with my leg up this afternoon and perhaps put a packet of frozen peas on my knee!
Happy, injury-free running everyone!
(PR on Strava was 33:37 for 5k, with 1 minute walks in there too!)