I am so excited to be writing my first official running update for 2019. I would be a lot more excited if I had any running to report! But hey-ho, life is what it is and regardless of recovery from injury being a case of two steps forward, one step back, I know that I’m definitely making progress towards being able to run again (more on that in a while).
As mentioned previously I’ve signed up for RED January again this year, it is a great challenge to kick start the new year with a commitment to fitness. I will be completing a minimum of two miles walking each day, as right now I’m not run ready. As of today I’ve completed a total of 18 miles, including one parkrun.
Other goals for January include completing 100 miles of exercise in total – by whatever means, walk, bike, gym etc. I also will be doing a 10k virtual challenge, I’m yet to decide whether to do this on a real bike, static bike or cross-trainer but my aim is to complete it in one session.
One of my goals for 2019 is to reach 50 parkruns. Yesterday was my 20th, so 50 is certainly achievable by year end. My original plan was to do New Year’s Day parkrun as well, but I got scared by the number of people who were going to be there and decided not to go, had I created my 50 parkrun goal before then I probably would have gone, oh well not a problem.
Next week it’s back to normality with school holidays being over and back to time to do what I want when I want (at least during the sacred hours of 8.30 – 2.30). On my to-do list is planning a walk/gym/swim/classes schedule for the remainder of January, my gym are starting a new tai chi class which I’m keen to sign up for and would like to get back into pilates too. I’m hoping to try swimming again before the end of January just to check whether it’s something my leg can cope with.
So, back to my recovery… I’m getting around so much better now, my daily walks are absolutely fine and completing parkrun at a fast walk is ok too. A week ago I did parkrun alternating walking and slow jogging but this proved too much too soon, so yesterday I stuck to just walking it, which was fine as I enjoyed chatting to the tail walker and to the gentleman who was walking with us.
Having conquered level three, I’m now on level four of my physio exercises whoop yay happy dance! Level four involves gently hopping fifteen times on one leg, then the other leg, doing three sets in total (level three was gently jumping with both legs). I managed just nine on my first attempt, so can certainly improve on that before my physio appointment on the 17th. Day to day I’m mixing up all levels of physio depending on what strain my leg has been through that day already.
I’m also prepared for the possibility that I’m not going to be able to run the full 10k of my first race this year as it’s only nine weeks away, but hopeful that I’ll be able to complete it with alternating walk/running. I’ve emailed the organisers to ask if there’s a time limit on finishing. I would rather play it safe on the 10k if it means I’ll have a realistic chance of being able to run the half two months later.
Oh and one last thing, I had my gait checked (this will mean everything to those runners out there!) and apparently I over-pronate something to do with your feet twisting so I should be wearing shoes with arch support. Not wanting to spend £60 on new running shoes as I already have three pairs I found some really good quality supportive insoles with adjustable levels of support that can simply be swapped between shoes. Obviously I haven’t tried them running yet, but I definitely feel more steady walking with them.
Enjoy your week xx 🙂