Saturday 31st January 2015

Workout Soundtrack: Earth Crisis – ‘Destroy the Machines’

8.30km 36:48 (South Downs Way, session 4)

It’s been six days since my last run when I trailed off and finished early thanks to niggles in my left calf and right foot. I haven’t lain idle this past week though – I’ve been doing squats, push-ups and sit-ups every morning and I managed a 1km swim and two visits to the sauna and steam room so I am still in active training for the South Downs Way 50!

I decided on a road run today as I figured my foot would appreciate a bit of a solid landing pad today – it is still not quite right and feels a little bruised although nothing is visible. I’m going to see how I’m feeling after a couple of treadmill sessions this week and if it’s still causing me bother then I’ll be visiting my physio, Anna McCann, at Kingsfield Physiotherapy Clinic.

I originally set out with the intention of running a 6km fartlek but soon decided that I’d run a little longer and a little slower so changed my goals to run a steady state between 4:25 and 4:35 for 8km – I’m pleased to report that I managed this and finished with an average of 4:26pkm over 8.3km. I found the first two kilometres pretty tough going as I slowly warmed up into the workout – my shoulders took a long while to relax and this caused a bit of strain in my neck but once I hit my pace goals early on I started to shake out a little and get into a more comfortable running position. It has been quite a while since my last all-road run and it may take some time for me to get used to it again as it is certainly a lot more unforgiving than the trail when it comes to pace – there should be no reason at all for somebody with my level of fitness to be slowing down at any point on the road and that in itself is a mental challenge when you’ve been largely racing and training on the trails for about 6 weeks. I’ll be looking to spend most of February on the road and treadmill but with a few runs on  trail thrown in for good measure…of course, this plan is entirely dependent on how my foot holds up! It could be that I spend a lot more time in the pool, the weights room and in yoga and pilates classes. I hope to know by this time next week because if it does seem advisable to take some time from running my pool sessions will become a lot more intense to keep up my endurance and to keep my body ticking over with exerting effort at speed!

That’s it for today dear reader! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

Peace & Blessings x

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