My running week (Y2-19)

I’ll start with the positive – there are definite improvements in my stamina and speed but that’s where the positives end – as I continue to feel disheartened with my return to running.

Every run I do leaves my right hip in pain, also, my recovering calf muscle has been a little achy this week following a return to band last week. I’m sure you’re all very aware of just how much I want to get back to running (properly), band and training for my first half marathon.

I didn’t write much about last week’s parkrun but I actually managed to run for 24 minutes continuously and finish in a time of 32 minutes. I know the running was slower than in recent races but there was a lot less walking and the overall pace was more or less what I’d achieved in other races.

This week has again been low on running. I went to track on Monday evening with an achy calf from drumming at a wedding on Saturday. The track session was great, my hayfever was significantly better than the previous week and I managed to keep going for over half of it. Only stopping because I was worried that my calf was aching a little too much.

I’d hoped to go for a run on Wednesday but with my hip pain I decided a quick strength session at the gym before art class was a better idea.

Friday saw my return to the core stretch class, followed by kettlebells/step and in the evening a 5k trail race at Marbury Park, Northwich. My hip pain completely eased at some point during stretch class but recurred following the run, so maybe it’s just a muscle tightness. The class instructor gave me the name of a podiatrist that does biomechanical assessment, as potentially there’s something in my running style or body mechanics that is contributing to injury.

Anyway, the 5k run was a lovely community event raising money for WWF, after a very rainy day the sun came out to shine on the runners and I am very happy that I managed to run the full distance in around 30 minutes. I haven’t seen the official time yet, but if I missed out on a sub-30 it’ll be because of having to tie my shoelace!

Saturday morning was just beautiful, the sound of birdsong filled the air at parkrun and I was pleased to have a sunny marshaling spot.

And today I joined our village’s first plogging run – plogging being picking litter while jogging! 😁

Have a great week,

K x

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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