Tuesday 18th November 2014

Workout Soundtrack: –

6km 24:57 (Cross Country Season, session 6)

My mind is not in the game right now. I really wanted to go out for this run and I was looking forward to pushing it a bit after Sunday’s easy run with Gabs. I thought this run might signal the upswing back into my pre-marathon, pre-injury training. Alas, this was not the case.

My ankle is still not entirely right and I think my mind and body are starting to rebel against me. It seems both mind, body and spirit are screaming out for a proper rest and a proper break from racing and running. This being the case I am going to take heed and say that today’s run marks the last one I will do before lining up on December 6th for the third round of the Chiltern Cross Country League, which means yet again I will be missing out on the North London Cross Country Championships which are due to take place this Saturday – it’s a bitter disappointment, especially after withdrawing from last Saturday’s All-London Cross Country Championships. I truly hope I’ll be able to make the rest of the League matches and also make it to the English National Championships in February.

There isn’t much I can say about today’s run apart from I headed out full of confidence, feeling fresh and with a smile but within a few hundred metres my legs felt pretty heavy. However, I was heartened to see my watch blink 3:51 for my first klick! This put my mind on the task at hand. I had been aiming, prior to lacing up, to run six kilometres at 4:00 per klick or under and when the second klick passed by in 3:59 I was still buoyant – the heaviness in my legs had passed into my subconscious. At the three kilometre mark I was running at 3:52 but very, very shortly afterwards, maybe 100 metres or so, my mind just filled with doubt and I slowed down markedly! The heavy feeling in my legs returned and for some reason I felt very tired and had to stifle a yawn. Between three and four kilometres the mantra in my head went something like ‘I can’t be bothered with this, I’m too tired, what’s the point anyway’ and it passed with 4:29 on the watch. Around the 4 klick mark I did try to rally and pick it up a bit and even managed to take a Strava CR on a 400m 4% grade hill. I registered this kilometre at 4:10 but then fell right off for the final kilometre and limped home in 4:34 feeling tired, bewildered and resigned to the fact that my mind and body had joined forces and conspired to force me into acknowledging I need a proper rest, some physio and a sports massage!

So with that dear reader I shall bid you good day. I’m not sure when my next post will be but I might post a little something about the IAU World 100k Championships on Saturday – it depends if I manage to catch any coverage online either via a stream or through Twitter and Facebook!

I hope the rest of the week treats you all well. May the roads and trails bring you pleasure!

Peace Out

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