Sunday, July 31, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
The wind is at my back. I’m running downhill. And it’s my first race of the year. I want to take off but the handbrake is on.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
For me my first injury of the year is a calf strain, most likely caused because…
a. I didn’t warm up before a tough running session last Tuesday. I could say I didn’t warm up properly but it would be a discredit to all the other half-arsed warm-ups to call what I did a warm up.
b. I then continued to push myself throughout the whole session even at the end when the calf was starting to get a little sore.
1. The Old Ronan Moore School of Dealing with Injuries.
This is where you completely deny you have gotten an injury at all. If the injury happens mid-run, continue running, faster even, to kid yourself into thinking that you couldn’t be injured at all. After all you can’t afford to be injured, you have a tight training schedule to keep to! Resist the urge to put your feet up, apply ice or do anything that might acknowledge the strain and continue training up the point where your fellow runners are asking you if everything is alright, because you are running like a sinking ship. Eventually, when you begin suggesting to a loved one you should sleep on the couch so incapable are you of climbing the stairs do you finally accept you are injured. Then go to the doctor/physio and hear that you are fecked and that your running season is over for this year.
2. The Proper Way of Dealing with Injuries
If it happens mid-run, slow down or stop entirely. Realise that injuries do happen and get home and rest. Put the feet up. Apply ice intermittently for the first two days until the ‘heat comes out of the injury’ and then apply heat to encourage blood flow. Park the training schedule and catch up with some friends, file your tax returns (if you’re American) or watch Netflix safe in the knowledge that by dealing with the strain in such a smart efficient manner you will be back out again running so quickly that your training partners won’t even notice that you sat out the last few days.
3. My New Way of Dealing with Injuries (which is not as good as #2 but a lot better than #1)
Realise that I have probably strained by calf muscle but hope that sleep will help. Then the next day check to see if it is really strained by seeing how it reacts to a light 20-minute jog at very light pace because you know, ‘it might be an injury’. Then when you get back home believe it is fine and book a 6 kilometre race for tomorrow with the worst-case scenario, ‘I’ll just jog it if it is bad’. Wake up the next morning and realise that it's not going away and accept the fact that you have a small calf strain and that you are going to do nothing but rest it for the next few days.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
(The Sunday before last.)
Slow run - 20 mins
Had intended a longer one but with left calf a little tight from last night's training I decided to cut this short.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Despite the deluge beforehand, joined up with the club, who were out in big numbers. Just as well for this hard run. Paced myself along the club's strongest runner, just about holding on for a really tough but rewarding session.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Long runs: The bread and butter of marathon training. This is how every week you incrementally (fancy word for slowly) build up a long run from 8, 10, 12 all the way to 22 miles if you can. For first time runners, the longest run should come about a month before the marathon.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
20.4 K - 1 hr 42 - Long Run
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Rest Day :)