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What a yucky run!

Today is Thursday so long run day. Checking my plan I saw a 7-9mile run so used a 10 mile route with a slight detour for flooding and a short cut back walk home if needed. This morning was torrential rain and hailstones walking the dog so held off until it was wet but brighter. Went out with an open mind on distance. As usual a mile in and my left ankle was moaning. It went quiet at three miles at which point I had some serious puddle dodging to do. Off the trail and onto the track along the river and it was blowing well making it harder to run. Here came the left calf niggles at 4.5 miles. Not to be out done the right calf also had niggles too from 5 miles. Breathing wise was great but I was now very soggy with a wet foot. Onwards I went and at 7 miles both hamstrings decided to moan too so I walked whilst having a gel. I slowed the run pace to keep them happy. I felt ok despite the niggles (No pains) so I carried on the hm route further and at 8.5 miles my left glute was letting me know it was there, at least my calfs had bogged off! So the next mile my hamstrings and glutes were all singing as I ran, well aching a little. If it were the hm i would have pressed on but no I listened to the niggles and I walked home. I have no idea why I had so many niggles but I was cold, wet and tense when I got home. Feeling much better with a hot shower, lunch and cuppa!

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Sounds like you should try running on your hands for a while, until you and your lower limbs are on speaking terms again :D Joking apart, well done for keeping going - yucky weather, wet feet and various niggles is a daunting combo.

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I am sneezing now with a headache, I hope it is not a lurgy although that might account for my aches. However Aliboo also noted that Strava showed today as my quickest 10mile, I hadn't noticed these details on Strava before being a Strava virgin!

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Maybe it’s pre-race anxiety making you tense. If the weather is cold,windy and with relentless rain, it doesn’t help the feeling of well-being does it. Still, rotten weather training is all grist to the mill. I seemed to do all my 18 km runs in the dark, rain and or snow. Race day was lovely though, thankfully

It won’t be long now til all these long runs are behind you. What a relief that day is 😃👍🏃‍♀️

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Oh yes it was not a nice day for a trot but a good training run if the weather is rubbish on the day. My chosen outfit though demands nice dry spring weather!! It took me ages to warm up post shower, tea and lunch. I have a few sneezes which I would usually put down to hayfever in dry weather........

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Hope it's not the lurgy and just a bad run. Not a nice day for running. Had to do 4 miles this morning and just that was hard. I purposely chose a dull route that I always find tedious - and then it rained heavily despite the sky being blue and the lightest of cloud. As you say, all good practice.

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Looks like we have this horrible weather for the next week, boo Hoo. My legs dont feel bad at all today which is hopeful. Just sorting out a couple of new running tops to go under my charity vest for the run, much more fun!

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Sorry you had a rough one RFD, and hoping there is no lurgy in the works. Hopefully by tomorrow you’ll be feeling better. I had a lousy run on Wed too. Was my own fault as it was an Asics back to back run from a 5k on Tues, but I pushed too hard on Tues (got a PB at least) and then didn’t have enough in the tank for Wednesday’s 12k. Finished it but my heart was pushing hard by the end and I was burned through the day. It was weirdly harder than the 18k runs. Feeling better today though.

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Sorry to hear you also had a rubbish run. I feel ok today, legs will get stretched and rolled this morning for good measure lol. Headache, sniffles slight cough could be hayfever so I shall go for some vit C, beconase in case and monitor it. I am hoping the niggles will not be present on the day as I will be so distracted by all the runners etc. Will be tapering soon (yippee) and I was aware that this would be one of the last longer runs so maybe I added a bit of pressure to myself particularly with the weather too.

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In the end for me it was a lesson run on what not to do 😊. And for you this was a grit run. For sure you added a little mental pressure as your last long run. Glad to hear you got a good night’s sleep and are feeling better today. I used to have very bad Hay fever as a child too. Thankfully I’ve grown out of it for the most part. Most of my niggles show up the following day - wearing the calf sleeves longer and the next day does help me too. Don’t worry, you will be amazing come race day! Stay 😎

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That sounds like a difficult run. I hope the aches and pains ease and you get some well earned rest. Take Care 🤩

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Had a good night's sleep, lie in so not feeling too bad this morning. I will stretch and roller ready for a gentle parkrun tomorrow. Although rain and wind are forecast for tomorrow aswell 😕💦💨🏃

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Oh dear, not an invigorating experience by the sounds of it! Maybe the fast time is a clue - you were pushing that little bit harder and the body knew all about it. Anyhow, a "bad" run is better than no run. Think how grumpy you'd have been if you hadn't gone out at all?

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I agree with no run=grumpy!! I was determined to run rain or hail and to just get out and see how things went but aiming for 9 if possible. I had to take a detour due to extra flooding hence it became longer. Rain obviously makes me run faster so I get home and dry quicker 😂. Today is a very lazy day.

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Might you have been straining yourself in the bad conditions? I know what you mean about a good training run in case of bad conditions - I often worry about bad weather on the event day itself because I have a bad habit of not going out in the rain :D I am now bricking myself about my first 'abroad' event because last year's photos show grim weather :D At least you identified everything as niggles not pain, and I hope you are now toasty warm.

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I think the bad weather meant I wanted to get back home again! Yes I was carefully monitoring all the niggles, aches rather than pain, slowing down or walking as necessary. I am trying to avoid pain or injuries at all costs as I have a start line to get too. I am impressed by your planned endeavours abroad. How will the weather be? I was amazed how much the change in heat affected my running in Australia, I guess we acclimatise to our summer running. Running in rain is always a possibility so a training run in the rain is helpful. How bad was it last year?

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You did really well in those conditions. I hope you're feeling better today.

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I am good today, legs tired but functioning fine! I have stretched and rollered and will stretch again. Just toying with a gentle parkrun in the morning...🤔

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I had a bad one too on Wed. Was supposed to be 8km fast but everything hurt so I packed it in at only 3k and decided to take 4 days off over Easter to see if that does the trick. Not beating myself up about the layoff, my body is trying to tell me something! Hope your next one is better!

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It seems like Wednesday was just not a great day to run for us 🙂 Hope the layoff works well for you Lordi!

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Oh no not another rubbish run! Something must be in the air this week. A break every four or six weeks is supposed to be beneficial so enjoy a guilt free Easter. I am going to take things easy now as the training programme has been ongoing since Christmas and might be taking its toll. Better to ease up now than push too hard.

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