Well I have been thinking that too.
I cant quite remember why I decided on digging out my old trainers and getting out there doing something that seemed so natural so many years ago. I have kept an eye on the running scene even though my focus has been riding bikes.
I started jogging again and all seemed to be going well, running twice a week Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings. 2 miles seemed a good starting point and off I went.
In a matter of a couple of weeks I was running it in a shade under 14 minutes. The problem was my legs didnt like running at 6.00am in the morning. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my nights out on my road bike hence I was running so early.As the mornings didnt suit I started running in the evening and what a difference it made, my legs felt awake. It also was a good warm up before going out on my bike. Once I got to doing my circuit in 13 minutes I thought I best up the distance. An increase of a mile slowed me down nicely and I was really enjoying my run doing it at 7 min mile pace. Following my run and a quick cupa tea I would then head out for my evening ride.
All appeared to be going too well, I even splashed out on some new shoes. Thanks Mr Twaddle for your help.
Following my Tuesday run mid March and after entering the Terry O'Gara 5km race I woke up and simply couldnt stand or put any weight on my right foot. My arch was giving me so much pain. To make matters worse I had a weeks holiday planned mountain biking in Scotland starting a week and a half later. My arch eased but there is no way that I can run at the moment, I believe I have plantar fasciitis injury.
I even spotted Steve O'Gara and Lee Morgan driving home one evening, just wish Steve would drive quicker as he slowed me down heading down into Wallsend by the park. It was only at the junction they realised who it was dreesed in lycra on a road bike lit up like a Christmas tree.
I recently completed The Chain Reaction Mountain marathon held on a fantastic course around Selkirk, this event is 85km with 3,000m of climbing. The event this year was also the National Marathon Mountain Bike Championships. This was held the week after we had the downpours so you can only imagine how muddy it was. I finished the event in 5 hours 15mins one over the bars whilst riding at speed on the last descent. I am off to Scotalnd again for a few days but this time with my son James. We are stopping at Glentress and we will be riding the fantastic 7 Staines trails.
When will I be getting my trainers on again you may ask. I dont know is the simple answer. I have a nice pair of new trainers begging to be run in. Searching the net it appears the problem I have is a common one 'older' runners. I'm going to get some arch supports and see if they help to ease the strain and take it from there.
I still have plenty of time to be on that start line for the Heaton 10km.