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