I started the week with two very easy short run’s, my legs were heavy and tired, I certainly wasn’t looking forward to my session on Tuesday. Normally on a race week Id do sessions on Tuesday and Thursday (if it’s a Sunday race) if it’s a Saturday race then Id still do a very light session on the Thursday, but this week having back to back races I was only planning on doing Tuesdays session.
Clare had run from home to Maiden Castle where she showered, changed then jumped in the car and drove it to the trackside, she sat there with the heater on full waiting for me to finish. I pretty much crossed the line of my last effort then jumped in the car and dashed off home for a shower. Nights like that count, it
would have been easy to put it off and trained the following night, but when you’re in a tough race, sessions like this count.
Thursday morning was beautiful, I ran into work via Quarrington Hill, Old Quarrington, Bowburn and Shincliffe. The first part of this route is off road and has amazing views. As we passed through Quarrington Hill I couldn’t help myself and went into the park and had a go on the zip wire (you’re never too old for a zip wire 7.30 in the morning).
The run to Old Quarrington from the park follows a footpath along the top of a disused quarry, unfortunately they plan to reopen it shortly so I’ll have to use an alternative, but I’ll miss the views.
I have regular massages, normally every two or three weeks. I find that any longer I just get more and more tired and it shows on my efforts. I go to see Jason Ellis for my massage, Jason is a Physio who works around Durham, I’ve been seeing him for about four years now and he knows my legs pretty well, I respond well to deep massage and he’s not scared to get stuck in. I’ve been struggling for a couple of weeks now, I had a massage last week but it was close to the race so Jason held back a bit, so tonight I told him to rip me a new pair of legs. On Thursday I came close to punching him, my legs were sore and I was starting to think I couldn’t take any more, I defiantly had a clenched fist but that didn’t put him off.
Link to facebook video (This video is for anyone that I’ve ever massaged, hope you enjoy it).