So today was crunch time – how would I feel after an extra day’s rest? Would I be able to run OK? This run was very important, because had I been unable to do it, I would have been forced to pull out of the race…
So with some trepidation, nervousness and a lot of stretching, I set off on the same route as last week (as it’s so nice to run!). I did have a bit of pain at the start, but a quick stretch at the traffic lights worked wonders and I felt like I was really getting into the rhythm at the end – I hardly had to stop and I felt great!
Two things though:
I have to run very slowly, which is very demoralising because everyone else running is much faster than me. Still, I’ve just started out so it can’t be that bad – at least I can run a fair distance!
I am still experiencing calf pain, lower back pain and numb feet. However, it’s a lot better than it was last time, so I must be overdoing it.
The plan from here has also changed slightly – my colleague who just ran a marathon recommended that I do one more training run at the weekend – a 5km run. This he says, will ensure my body has enough time to recover for the race. Sounds like a smart plan, so I will next run after the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
We will then see if all the hard work has started to pay off. Fingers crossed eh? 😉