Have you every tried to explain to a child that if they perform “action x” then the consequence will be “consequence y” which will usually result in tears?
That could be a metaphor for my injuries…. Only I am both the parent and the child.
I know that its a bad idea to increase intensity and volume at the same time – So why did I ramp up the mileage and run sessions at speeds in excess of my current fitness?
I know my body reacts badly when I don’t have 2 rest days a week – So why did I insist on running 20 days in a row?
Answer to both: Because I am one impatient bastard!
All I’ve wanted since getting back from Honeymoon is to be back to where I used to be, so I’ve been trying everything I can to regain that fitness. What a stupid idea.
My insistence on running further and faster to try and some how shortcut the route back to fitness unsurprisingly resulted in injury.
There just are no shortcuts. Lesson learned.
In positive news, my runs have been coming back together. Sure, I’m way behind where i want to be, but I think I may be able to just about be back in line with where I was last year, thanks to looking at my Strava Training Log.
Last nights intervals were a little slower than McMillan thinks I should be doing but I’m a little “speed rusty”. I finished feeling tired but not too shattered today, so I do have a bit more to give there.
With any luck I’ll be able to run the Great Birmingham Run at a pace similar to that I ran Bristol Half 2014.
I also hope to lose a good few more pounds (It’s heading in the right direction) which should equate to a few extra precious seconds per mile come race day.
If I manage some time around that I’ll be pretty happy.