Sunday 30th November 2014

Workout Soundtrack: Drumcode Radio – ‘#DCR225 mixed by Adam Beyer’

1.06km 4:30 (Cross Country Season, session 7a, turned ankle)

800m 8:26 (Cross Country Season, session 7b, walk recovery)

Ten minute break

7km 29:28 (Cross Country Season, session 7c) 

It’s been quite a while since my last run which was, to put it mildly, meh. So I decided to stick in the headphones with techno in the mix and I laced up in an attempt to shake off some mental and physical cobwebs. I crossed my fingers and sent a quiet word to Ganesh asking for a painless and fun run!

Everything was going really well and I was enjoying the run until, turning a corner, I placed my foot in rut on the pavement at 1km and turned my left ankle slightly – this led to run stopping pain and really knocked the wind out of my sails. On my walk back home I began to think, after over a month of discomfort bordering on pain, that it’s something more than just overstrained ligaments that I’m battling. I’m getting pissed off with it to be honest because as long as I run true on flat ground it’s all good but once I go off-road, or the surface is uneven then the ankle isn’t strong enough to stabilise. I just want to run normally again!

This being the case I decided to keep my running gear on and head out the door pretty much as soon as I got back, took on some water and took some deep breaths. What followed was a painless 7 klicks in 29:28 – there were no mind games along the way and no pain in my ankle and I’ll take that it as a half decent return to the game. On Tuesday evening I hope to be visiting my new gym after work – I’m going to hit the pool for a few laps and then jump on the treadmill to see how I go from there. I think my plan really is not to race in the Chiltern Cross Country League this coming Saturday and to turn my focus to increasing my strength, speed and fitness in the gym and then hopefully do well at the Country to City ultra (45 miles) on January 17th! I also hope that I’ll be able to run the last two races of the Chiltern Cross Country League season on January 10th and February 6th with a view to toeing the line at the English National Cross Country Championships on February 21st.

So that’s it, decision made, no more races in 2014 for Al Flowers! Let’s hope I can keep up a decent level of training as 2014 comes to a close and start 2015 strong!

I hope the weekend has treated you well dear readers.

Peace & Blessings

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