My first week back my legs were in shock from all the impact of running, I was in quite a bit of discomfort in the operation sight too, mostly a pulling sensation, but certainly not pleasant. The following week my legs felt better but as I was running a little faster I struggled with my breathing, then the week after my breathing felt easier so I ran a little quicker again, so my legs then hurt from the quicker pace. See a pattern here?
The only worrying thing is that I am getting lots of aches, pains and niggles, nothing that effects me while I’m running, but I’m very much aware of, even more so as I’m coming back from a long layoff. The most worrying thing is a swelling around the front of my ankle and a pain in my foot similar to the stress fracture that I had last year.
I went to see the Physio last Friday, we gave the area a good blast of Ultra sound which would have caused considerable pain if there had been a stress fracture. I was breaking into a sweat with anticipation, but luckily I came through ok. Jason thinks that I’ve come back a bit too fast and I’m just getting a few aches as my body is coming to terms with running again.
Looking back over my diary, I have gone from no running to 25 miles, 35 miles, 57, 57, 54 and last week 49 miles. He probably has a point, but I think that the main problem isn’t necessarily the miles, I think it’s got more to do with the fact that they have been mostly done on the road.
Last week, because of the heavy frosts and wanting to avoid the impact of the roads I had a week of grass and trail running and I feel a lot better for it. I’ve dropped my miles a little and done my sessions around the fields of Maiden Castle.
For a while now I’ve heard a few runners talk about the Durham Whicker man, I had an idea where it is, but it’s in an area that I’m not familiar with. Up out of Durham where South road meets the 167 is a round about the locals call it “the Cock of the North” (named after a demolished pub). Near the round about is a newly built car park and a recently developed nature walk (Durham city harriers are hoping to stage a race here soon), I knew the Whicker man was round here somewhere.
I had a great time exploring and eventually spotted him, there he was, up on the brow of the hill, sitting on the edge of a field looking over the river Brownie.
As well as spotting the Whicker man I found a path that I hadn’t been on before, it was heading in the direction of Houghall woods. For a while now I’ve been trying to find a path that would link the woods with the 167 without having to run down South road, this was it.
Finding this path has now linked two really good loops to make a cracking 9 mile off road run around some of the nicest parts of Durham, I’m looking forward to giving it a go.
I finished my run via a view point of the Cathedral from above the University, then dropped down into the city and ready for work. A great mornings run.