There is most definitely light at the end of the very long, very dark tunnel of injury. It is now just six short weeks until my first race of the year, Chester 10k; the first event of my Chester triple challenge.
The next six weeks will be crucial in setting me up to start training for the half-marathon in May. If I mess up my recovery now there will be pretty much no chance of being ready for the half and I’m determined that I’m going to be ready. So no risk taking, no over-zealously doing too much too soon. Just steady paced gradual increases.
So, how has this week been? Continuing with RED January I’ve been active each day but this week have done more strength work and less walking.
For strength I did a very focused gym session which possibly worked every muscle I own! The next day, with abs aching nicely, I took part in a pilates class… big mistake as the class was very abs focused, so each movement was felt with a certain amount of pain and the fear that even rolling out of bed the next day would be difficult. Also this week I did a stretch class, which I approached with great uncertainty as I had no idea what this would entail. It was actually a very relaxing class, lots of deep stretching and deep breathing that left me with a feel-good level of calm.
My running recovery took two massive steps forward this week as with just two runs I progressed to running 5%, then 10% of a 5k (100m/900m run/walk intervals) and completed my 22nd parkrun. You have no idea of the level of restraint I had to use to only run these short intervals. I’m feeling very optimistic that I’ll be able to build on this next week starting at 150m/850m run/walk.
All good stuff!
Have a great week, K x
BTW I’ll keep posting the JustGiving link for my challenge here, just because 🙂