Saturday 12th October 2013

I’m reluctant to categorize today’s post as ‘Injured’ but I fear this might be the case – for now it’s going in the ‘Rest & Recovery’ category only – POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE!

After yesterday’s triumphant but slow run I woke up this morning with tightness in my lower back and as I descended the stairs to make my morning cup of coffee my L3 spinal nerve injury flared up and my knee almost locked out.

The rest of the day has consisted of me gingerly limping around punctuated with sets of lumbar extensions whenever the opportunity presented itself – twice before I left for work, three times at work, once at my Dad’s house and two more times before I sat down to write this blog post. I’m pretty disappointed that this seems to have become a feature of my first ever marathon training plan – I’ve already missed 5 weeks of training thanks to this L3 thing and a cold. Worst of all is that I thought I’d shaken both after yesterday – a good, slow run managed to clear a lot of crap off my chest and a hot bath helped even more! However, at the moment the universe seems to be conspiring against my marathon debut and I’m tempted to can it, go to Pisa and volunteer on a water station or at the finish line and take a nice and easy city break for a few days before Christmas. At the moment this seems to make sense as it means I’ll be able to focus on recovering fully for my first ultra on January 11th – at the end of the day this blog is called ‘26.2 and Beyond’ for a reason and that is because my running focus is on ultras!

Anyway, that’s it for now. I’ve had a long, tiring day at work and I’m just going to kick back and relax with a bowl of quinoa, lamb’s heart, mushroom and spinach and settle down to watch ‘World War Z’ before getting up tomorrow to do it all over again! Here’s hoping I get to go for at least a little run tomorrow – I arrived home from work to find a brand new, bright green Haglofs Boa hooded running jacket awaiting my return!

Peace out people. Peace & Blessings x

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