I made it! What’s more, my knees held up (they seem kind of important for things like running). Also, I shaved ten minutes of my HM power walking time!
So, two weeks ago, I did a (hilly) 19k and then took a week’s break from running. I then tried for the HM distance but only managed 16k due to my knees playing up. I’ve been doing the NHS knee exercises for runners, did a 5k on Tuesday and a 10k on Thursday, picked a reasonably flat route for today (mostly on a dirt track), took it slowly and it all came together! I love it when a plan works!
I’m following Jason Fitzgerald’s long run ideas on Strength Running so I’m aiming to extend my runs to around 30k. Mind you, adding distance at a nice gentle 1k a week means I probably won’t reach 30k by my HM at the end of September. However, I will have built up a fair amount of endurance by then. That, combined with a short and medium run each week should mean that, come September, I’ll be comfortably ahead of my power walking time.