Back in training


Its been a while since my last most, mainly because I haven’t been able to run and so not really had much to write about, however after my last post where I had managed some shorter runs I have since been able to start increasing the mileage.

With the last of the snow fading on Saturday week I decided to go for a longish run along the North Downs, no real objective in terms of pacing, just getting some miles in the legs. This run ended up being just over 9 miles at a very sedate 11:33/mi pace (I did also stop to get some photos (at the bottom of this post)

The Achilles while not 100% has improved, I do get the odd twinge when starting a run but this soon disappears as I get warmed up. Feeling confident that I could get a few more runs in during the week, Tuesday I decided to run to work (the wind was making cycling a real problem) so another (just shy) 10 mile run in the bag. That same day I decided to catch the train to the nearest station and run the last 2 miles back home, giving me a total of 12 miles for the day.

Thursday, I decided to run to work again (well that was the plan). 3.5 miles into the run the rain had gone from persistent to deluge and I really didn’t fancy getting soaked through, so I opted to cut the run short and caught a train at the next station (4 miles). Pace wise, nothing spectacular but averaged a 9:18/mi which I was pleased about, given carrying a rucksack. Again I opted to run from the station on the homeward journey, but decided to get off earlier so I could get another 4 miles in.

I still have a way to go before I am back up to full training, but the running to work option seems to fit in with my work and family life so I will start to incorporate this more. The plan, on some days at least, will be to run to and from work making a 20 mile daily total.

Total Weekly Mileage (including Saturday): 29.37

Lastly, below are the photos from Saturdays run, I had more but somehow the SD card got corrupted

Lovely to look at, but was like a bog underneath. My feet got soaked in icy water
Lovely to look at, but was like a bog underneath. My feet got soaked in icy water
Such a perfect day for a run
Such a perfect day for a run
Still lots of snow on the fields
Still lots of snow on the fields
You could see for miles
You could see for miles
Another shot of the view
Another shot of the view

 

 

 

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