I have to admit the last 4 weeks not being able to run drove me CRAZY!!!!!!!!! I know I swam and I cycled but running is my first love and boy did I miss it.
Well after my mammoth bike ride on Sunday, I thought I would try a little run on the treadmill. The ankle normally feels little stiff to start but there was nothing.... I decided to crank it up a bit. OH MY GOD.... what a fab session.... 5 miles in 42 minutes....... I felt strong. That's 8.35 minute miles, not bad for a hop along!!
I had thought I'd lost a bit of cardio but no way........ now I'm beginning to believe a maybe 4 weeks off had some benefit. I wasn't even planning on doing 5 miles but I couldn't stop, I thought I should save myself for the swim session. The swim session was really good to.... I have to admit that I am the slowest swimmer even slower than the 18 stone hairy old bald bloke but he uses flippers!!!! This is helping my game because I am speeding up! In my defence its a tri/swim club so most of them never run and cycle just swim so they are allowed to be faster... just this once.
Tuesday was a short blast on the turbo, going up and down the gears, trying to replicate those pesky hills at Wimbleball.
BUT the best bit is .... * jumps up for joy and punches air* today I went for a LONG run.... well not as long as I should be doing but a damn site longer than I have for 4 weeks.
9 miles in the bag.... and actually 5 mins faster than the last time I did 9 miles. I wanted to push for 10 and possibly even 12 but at 7 miles the ankle support I was wearing had given me a blister on the bottom of my foot so I stopped and took the damn thing off. The rest of the mileage home did feel a little weird but I should be weaning off the support anyway..... they don't really help just makes your ankles weaker!
So my emergency marathon plan said 8.... I did 9 but I actually feel (apart from blister) that I could have gone lot further. Keeping up all the biking and swimming has def helped me to maintain a level of fitness that I thought I had lost.
So based on that run today... I will be running Brighton marathon.... I might not get the pb I wanted but Ill get round. If I do get that pb then I will be invincible.........