Saturday 24th January 2015

Workout Soundtrack: Drumcode Radio –  ‘#233 mixed by dubspeeka’

10.25km 55:16 (South Downs Way 50, session 1)

I have wanted to run all of the past week but held back from hitting the treadmill after work! By Tuesday my legs felt absolutely fine and much stronger than they have in a while following Country to Capital on the Saturday.

The thing is, I learned a valuable lesson after the Grim Reaper in August last year, namely, don’t run too soon after an ultra because you will injure yourself! I figured I had put the lessons I learned from the race into practice during Country to Capital so it was a very good idea to do so afterwards. So this week I have spent a lot of time battering my legs with a foam roller, having hot baths with muscle therapy salts and power hiking up escalators and stairs and running down when I had the chance!

I woke up this morning having had a glorious unbroken, deep sleep to see that the sun was shining and the sky was clear. I had laid out my running gear the night before so I put it on and made a cup of coffee, ate two tangerines and the headed out of the door. Conditions were very muddy out on the trail which kept my pace down and made it a bit of a tougher run than I was expecting – at one point I was wishing for the snow of last weekend and at another point I found myself daydreaming about a nice, solid canal towpath to run on! However, unperturbed, I carried on and any section that was frozen, semi-solid or singletracked I increased my pace as best I could. I considered putting into practice my race strategy of hiking ups and running downs but instead just chose to run everything – I figure the more I run up the more likely it is I’ll be able to utilise this skill in future ultras thus gaining places and time!

Anyway, what a great return to running after a week off! No pain, no difficulty and for some reason none of the sluggishness I was expected after running 45 miles only a week ago. Onward then, into the South Downs Way 50 training cycle!

Happy weekend dear reader 🙂

Peace Out x

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