This year started so well, January, Febuary and March I was running my best ever sessions and my highest miles, but I did over do it. I had a couple of good races then my Blood clot and a few weeks off.
I rested for a couple of days (well took it easy), I kept my miles low because in the back of my mind I was thinking about running the North east vets 1500m at Monkton on Monday, if I can’t do the mileage I want then I want to at least do some sharper faster running and see how that works out.
I went for an easy run on Monday morning to see if there was any pain, I didn’t feel too bad, so I went to Jarrow in the evening. It was cool and a bit breezy, not ideal. I’ve only run one 1500m in about 10years and the time before that was 16years previous, so to say I was a little rusty would be an understatement.
finish, I found those extra gears I was looking for and crossed the line feeling strong. Straight away I knew I could have gone faster, If I’d had someone pushing me on, or even just a couple of more races as practice. I timed myself as running 4.20 but my official time was 4.21.
Wednesday, I had a few aches and pains, not really surprising as the track can be unforgiving and I’d done two tough sessions in two days. I had a very easy run Thursday morning, once again feeling a bit sore.
We get our weekly delivery on a Thursday and this week was a big delivery, so I helped unload the van, then checked off the stock, carried the boxes to their relevant floor, we had to price hang and tag all the stock, by the end of the day my back was aching. I had a tempo session to do in the evening, I did it the best that I could but it was a struggle. I would have liked to have run faster but when I stride out I get a neural pain and my leg gives way.
Friday I decided to have a rest to see if things would settle down, Saturday was to be a tough session, 2x1 lap of my bench mark loop.
My lap is 3.6 mile on a hilly course, I held back on the first lap and ran a reasonable time but I struggled on the hills. I had 5 minutes recovery then started my second lap. The second lap was a real struggle but I stuck with it and finished on a similar time as the first lap. I had the pain in my groin again but just like Manchester 10k my Quads felt like wood, I just can’t work out what’s going on.
My Physio says that my Sacrioiliac joint is tight, but I can’t work out if all the other symptoms, tight erector spinae, glutes and Hamstrings are because of this or if everything else is tight because of the locked Sacrioiliac joint. It’s really starting to get me down.
My run into work on Sunday was probably one of my worst and most painful ever, I spent most of the rest of the day in a lot of discomfort and contemplating hanging up my shoes! I’m starting to get fed up. When I had my stress fracture I knew it would be 6 weeks out then I’d be fine, I’ve had compartment syndrome and once again I could see a short spell off then back into running, this however I just can’t see it getting any better.
It’s now Monday and I really want to race at Blaydon on Saturday, my run this morning wasn’t good but tonight I did a four mile run at eight minute mile pace, I could feel discomfort but it didn’t get any worse. I plan to do a session tomorrow night, I’ll really push myself and make my decision after that, I am considering running regardless, it might be all effort. I’m thinking go for it, take painkillers pre race if I have to, get through the race then take some time off.
I’m getting married in a month now, people are telling me to just take it easy and enjoy myself until then and then start again after the wedding. Although I don’t feel stressed, I keep getting told that the fast approaching wedding will be taking a lot out of me. It’s looking likely that I’ll be taking a rest after Blaydon.