I've been a little bit absent recently... on the IC, I'm afraid, both from running and from life in general having aggravated my Achilles in the Hateful Hokas and split up with my partner. My choice (on both counts actually!) But still hurts.
Anyhow, decided I couldn't just not do anything so joined a gym to begin some weights and do some low impact cardio.
Weirdly, 2 x 10 minutes on the treadmill the other day gave me more relief on the Achilles front than nearly 2 weeks of rest. Who knew?
And whoever recommended sportshoes.com to me is an absolute legend. Got a fab pair of Saucony Guide for under £50 and replaced my Hoka trail shoes with something with a more traditional heel drop for under £40. Low drop shoes absolutely don't suit me and leave me in agony.
So anyhow, feeling good, I decided to go for a little 5k yomp along the Mersey at my long-run pace. It's been about 3 weeks since I've been down there and, boy, have I missed it! I could have cried. Since I was last there all the leaves have unfurled and the early-summer wildflowers have come into bloom (oh, and the wild garlic has brushed its teeth, thank goodness!). Not a single twinge or complaint from the Achilles. Feeling so happy now.
Think I might have to cut back to 2 runs a week, but will see what the physio says next week. But now at least I have the option to do my 3rd cardio session on the elliptical.
Anyhow, please forgive my indulgence. The moral of the story, dear reader, is that if you are just starting out on your C25k journey, this could be you in a few short months, talking about cardio and pace and trainers whilst on an endorphin high! I hope you love it as much as I do. Look what you've done to me RunaroundSue !