4 Miles, 44.34 Minutes

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Yes, I know, I’ve been quiet. That’s because I haven’t run in 11 days, which is definitely pretty rubbish. Still, no point fretting about it – Life’s a bit nuts at the moment because we’re trying to sell the house, so time is at a premium.

I’m really pleased to have got myself back out tonight though. I’ve been absolutely itching to get my legs pumping again, and while it was akin to torture, it was increasingly necessary to get through it.

Quite predictably, my left knee is pretty stiff and sore, but I knew that was going to happen. I pushed on (slowly) for a bigger distance than I’ve been doing lately, and I was pleasantly surprised to have managed four miles, but there’s no way old lefty was going to let me off scot-free. I’ll just rest it for a few days and try and get out again early/mid next week.

On a vaguely related note, it really feels like Facebook Memories has been taunting me a little of late. I’m reminded on a daily basis at the moment of how awesome my training was going  time two years ago, I was training like a man possessed, doing 7-8 milers comfortably at this stage. One day I actually had the gall to complain that my 8 miles wasn’t a very good time – oh the folly of youth.

That was an awesome summer. I did so much running, it was crazy – I topped 120 miles in July 2015, reaching levels I never thought I’d manage. I’m still very proud of what I achieved that year. There’s a small part of me which thinks ‘you’ve done it before, you can do it again’, but if I’m honest, I know my legs aren’t capable any more.

Realistically I now know that this was as good as it’s every going to get. I beat myself up about it for a while, but there’s no point in that, is there? If anything, the sense of achievement as I collapse over the Great North Run finishing line again in 6 weeks or so will probably end up being bigger than in any of my previous 3 attempts. I’m already really looking forward to that feeling, and it’s part of what’s keeping me going.

(The other, far more significant thing keeping me going though, is the aim to raise as much money for Bloodwise as I can. Thanks so so much for all the support. Donations are still gratefully received here)

Music: Johnny Foreigner – Waited Up ’til it Was Light

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