Finally returning to normal

I knew 100 miles would knock me out of my stride and normal training pattern for a while but the impact of the White Rose has been longer lasting than I’d anticipated.

I’d allowed for a couple of weeks of no running post ultra but as a couple of weeks turned into a month I was still not running much although a visit to the physio had sorted my leg problem. It’s become painfully clear these days that my mental wellbeing is very much tied to my physical wellbeing and not running certainly had me down.

Fortunately now after easing back into regular running, thanks in part to having a go at Marcothon for December, I feel much better.

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Located the entrance to the underworld on my run. #landscape #running

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Couple of parkruns done and a maximum points race at the Gravy Pud Fell Race last weekend and it’s nice to finally be back and exploring the trails. Next week I’m starting on my plans to get faster by replacing a run during the week with some speedwork to start clawing my way towards the sub-17 parkrun I’m after.

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Bleak, cold, windy and hail lunchtime run. Brilliant #running #trailrunning

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Today was a 17:45 at Huddersfield, felt a way off the level of fitness required to run lower 17’s but I am now focused on my new goals of shorter race speed rather than continuing the ultra-plods!