Day 2 of the Janathon saw me doing the first run of my marathon training programme. It was to be an easy-paced 3 mile run; the sun was shining, the wind had dropped, and I was looking forward to the official start of the marathon journey. What could possibly go wrong?
Hello and welcome back to majorly tight ankles and achilles tendons. How I've missed them. This was one of those runs where it felt like all of my body parts were moving at cross-purposes and at their own individual paces, and nothing that I did made a difference. It didn't help that my Garmin was off in its own world, one in which I was apparently running sub-9 minute miles. I wasn't, not by a long shot, but I kept trying to slow myself down just in case, leading to an even more awkward gait and a ratcheting up of the pain level in my achilles tendons. I finally gave up at the last mile and did a run/walk the rest of the way home.
I'm not injured, but I've obviously stressed out my lower legs. Contributing factors? Monday's 8-mile run felt good and my legs felt fine on Tuesday, but I wonder if the 10-minute cool down run on the treadmill at the gym that day was still a run too far. Especially as I was wearing my Inov8 Road-X 238 shoes. This was their second outing and I have to say that I don't like them. They've turned out to be a half-size too big, for a start, so my foot feels a bit slidey in them. And, even though they have a 9mm heel-toe drop, they feel a lot flatter than the 8mm Triumphs. They certainly have less cushioning, and I ended up with an aching pain in my heel that made me stop the cool down after 8 minutes.
I wore the Triumphs for the run today, but maybe I should have gone with the Guide 4s. Still, who knew? I felt fine until I started to run.
Is there anything to be learned from this? Well, I think there will be no more treadmill cool downs at the gym on the day after a long run (or maybe ever); the cross-trainer will serve the same purpose. More importantly, after this week I'll be back to having two non-running days after the long run. My aging legs don't cope well anymore with too many runs (of whatever length) too close together. Sigh.
And I'm ditching the Inov8s. It's possible that I am unfairly blaming them for today's difficulties but, once I take against a pair of shoes, that's it. I give no second chances when it comes to footwear.