Five weeks ago I made a tentative start to get back to running following my oh-so-prolonged injury, and thought about a six month plan to enable me to be half marathon ready for September. Thinking about it is as far as I’ve got, well alongside marking the weeks up on a spreadsheet.
Over the past five weeks we’ve had frosty mornings, unseasonably hot sunshine and now Storm Hannah with a lot of rain and gusty winds. Racing this week on Wednesday evening and again on Friday evening we were incredibly lucky to miss the worst weather. Gentle showers and spashing through puddles is nothing compared to what could have been.
As I’ve said, this week I’ve taken part in two races: Borders League race 7 on Wednesday and Mid-Cheshire 5k on Friday. I wrote about how hard I found the Borders League race already but there really is more to running than just moving your legs! Running is as much about mental strength as physical, about determination and persistence, and a desire to do the best you can. Unless you’re at the top end of the field where going for the win is expected, running is simply about you, the individual, and doing what you can.
Since restarting running I have impressed myself with my progress (of course) 🙂
I’m still slower than pre-injury and I lack the stamina to actually keep running for the full distance but my overall pace is improving race on race, as shown below.
March 31st: 5 miles
April 10th: 5 miles
April 24th: 4 miles
Time: 39:48 (unconfirmed)
April 26th: 5k
Tomorrow I’m starting back at track and hoping to join in the club runs on Wednesdays. Being part of a running club is fabulous, everyone is so encouraging and inspirational. From the coach who took part in the olympic torch relay in 2012, to the young lady who runs for county and is just amazing, and the new mum who breast feeds her baby before walking to the start line. Every person who cheers me on to the finish line and congratulates me whatever place I’ve finished in, it’s a true team where everyone takes pride in each other’s achievements and comiserates their injuries.
Today was the London Marathon and it inspires me to think of the people I know who were running today, and maybe one day I’ll be doing a marathon of my own… but for now I’d better start planning for my first half marathon in just 20 weeks.
Have a great week!