Easing back in

Week Ending 3.7.2016

Having taken what feels like an age, I’m easing back into the mileage at last.

I don’t think my hip is 100% but after going to the doctor for yet another check-up (that’s now a doctor visit and 2 physio trips + rehab) it feels OK day to day now. However, as it’s something that’s been ongoing for months – there’s a still a bit of what I could only describe as rustiness in my running.

Hopefully this will fade out as I get back to it but it’s been nice to get a few runs in over the last couple of weeks including an 11 miler last weekend which is the furthest I’ve run in a single outing since April.

I’ve so far missed the two big events I had penciled in – Man Vs Horse and my leg of the Billy Bland Relay with club and my focus now is getting back to running comfortably and to have a good effort at the 40 mile Edge Hill Ultra in September and then realistically my “return” race is hopefully going to be the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k in November where I’d like to have had time building up speed again to run a PB and salvage the year with a result.

London Marathon 2017 is booked and paid for thanks to my Good For Age result in 2014 so my focus again after Christmas will be that. I hope now I’ve done the event once the experience and a good block of training will help me a big PB.

Weight and strength

One of the toughest things about being injured is not eating like you’re running 60 miles a week. My brain has struggled with not needing to pile food in and I’ve just about managed to keep my weight under control and getting back to running 2-3lbs up isn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things.

I have neglected my other workouts though, normally 3-4 times a week doing a core and bodyweight routine so I need to work this back into my evenings somehow and get rid of this slightly dough like wobble around the edges!