Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Fingers crossed...

I've had a query from Cathy as to whether all of my ministrations were making any difference to my calf and ankle.  I didn't want to draw any further attention from the Running Gods but perhaps it's safe now to say...unless something goes drastically wrong in the next four days, I WILL be lining up for the Aviemore Half Marathon!

It took 7 days for me to be able to walk without pain, and I gave it an extra couple of days of rest just to be sure, but last week I ran 3 miles on Wednesday, 4 miles on Friday, and 2 hours on Sunday.  Nothing felt injured, although my legs were VERY tired by the end of the 2 hour run.  I'm not sure how far I went - I forgot to charge up the Garmin - but I took it slowly and walked a bit every mile for the first couple of miles, and then walked even more the last couple of miles because I was heading into the wind and I could feel my calves tightening up.  The middle miles felt fine. 

Reassuringly, although my legs were quite achey the rest of Sunday, they had recovered completely by Monday morning.  I went to the gym today after work and did an hour on the cross-trainer, bike, and rower (combined, not an hour each!).  I'll do a small run on Thursday and then that's it until the race.  I'm sure that I have under-trained but, frankly, given the past year, I view getting to the start line in one piece as the mark of successful training.  Actually finishing the race, in whatever time I manage, will only be a bonus.

AHM:  If I get tired, I'll let gravity do the work!


  1. Excellent news!! And anyway, you're not undertrained, you've been tapering! Good luck for Sunday - just enjoy it. Maybe I'll join you next year!

  2. I like the positive reframing of my time out...you're right, I've done all of the tapering days, just not necessarily in the right order. I'm feeling quite excited about Sunday! And I think you should definitely come up for the race next year. Either that, or for the Loch Ness Marathon at the beginning of October!

  3. A quiet hooray, in case the running gods hear. Came looking to see if there was any update and pleased to hear you should make it to the start line. Will keep my fingers and toes crossed!

  4. Had a dream last night about being in the race - can't remember anything about it now, but I don't think that I was injured. Only 3 more sleeps to go!

  5. Was thinking of you this morning - hope the race went really well for you!