I think one of the problems I'm struggling a bit with this week is because I'm off work. My job is quite sedentary, sitting at a desk all day, so it's quite nice to go for a run at the end of it but this week we are on staycation and have been going out for the day, which has been involving quite a lot of walking. Yesterday we didn't get back from the zoo until 7pm and I was tired from being on my feet all day but was still eager to go out for a run. Decided to take exactly the same route as I took last time, a circular route which pretty much exactly brought me back to where I finished the five minutes warm up just as I finished the last five minute run. So I finished the 5 minutes walk down just as I get to my house. Perfect!
The first thing I noticed though was it was quite chilly and in just my short sleeves it took me a while to literally warm up. Then as I started the run I had this niggling sensation in both my knees and one of my ankles but it wasn't too bad and it didn't get any worse so i just worked my way through it. In terms of my mind it was much better than last time because I knew I had done the run before, so I couldn't really tell myself I couldn't do it. As usual the last five minute run was really tough but you can imagine my horror when, just after Laura said I had 2 1/2 minutes to go on the last 5 minute run, I discovered I had taken a wrong turning somewhere - a BIG wrong turning and I had been concentrating on my running so much that I hadn't noticed until it was way too late. I thought I was coming up to the road to the underpass which is where i usually go back down into the walk but in fact, to cut a long story short, I was still over 2 miles from my house! Can you imagine?
I finished the run and then did my 5 minute walk down and still had a long way to go. My family were waiting for dinner (I said I'd only be 30 minutes) and I was getting cold again, I had no choice really but to do short bursts of running and walking, which felt really tough on my knees and my ankle.
Well I made it home! Tracked the whole run (and I can see what I did now and feel very very stupid indeed!) The whole thing - including the walking was 4.83 miles!
My knees are fine now but my ankle isn't great. I think it has stiffened up over night, It's ok until I try and put weight on it but I have noticed it feels a bit better when I put my running shoes on rather than bare foot (probably the support) Anyway today is a day of rest but I really really wanted to complete W4R3 tomorrow because Sunday will be another long day on my feet and I don't think I'm going to be able to fit a run in. But obviously I don't want to go for a run tomorrow and then hurt my ankle so much that I'm in agony and ruin my day out with the family on Sunday. What to do?