Myself and Clare (my fiancée) share a car, but we start and finish work at different times and different locations. Some days Clare is working in Durham other days she is studying at Sunderland University. On the days that she’s working in Durham I get a lift into the city then go for a run around Shincliffe and Houghall woods, before running into work along the river banks and into work which is about five miles. Then after work I either, run home, go to the track for a session or do a session on the way home.
I used to drive into Durham every day, but by the time id driven there then done my run around the woods, river and university playing fields and then finally into work I could have just about run from home in the same time. Likewise going home, I used to walk to the car, drive home, get changed then go for a run, running back and forth saves me time, car parking fees and petrol. I’d like to say it’s me doing my thing for a lower carbon footprint but in truth it’s just training.
After my injury last year I found it very difficult to get my mileage up, it seemed as though I was either racing, tapering or recovering with the odd good weeks training in between, but the last six to eight weeks I’ve managed to keep my mileage high and done my sessions too.
When I first stepped up to around the low eighties my times in reps paid the price, my efforts were poor, but after a few weeks of plugging away I’ve eventually come through it and things are going well again. In my last three weeks of track sessions I’ve been running PB times on the track. Things are looking good for my next race which will be the Blyth Valley 10k on the 1st April, but it’s such a fine line between being very fit and being injured or ill.
After last week’s warning signs I’ve looked back over my training diary and seen that it’s been a while since I’ve had an easy week so next week I plan to still do my sessions, but I’ll keep my mileage low, then I’ll get back into it the following week.
Running is a balancing act, fitting your running around, work, loved ones and life in general. Then there is the tight rope of training and over training. For me listening to my body is key, train hard when you feel good, back off when you’re tired or feeling run down and make the most of the time you have.