I’ve reached my training limit it seems.
Pushing to train through a torn calf muscle then dealing with the aftermath of overstressed foot/shin ligaments had not stopped me.
Dragging myself around the lake where I work for the umpteenth time during my lunch hour was strangely enjoyable once I got out there. Easy/tempo/progression and repeat!!
Racing Parkrun and making sure I was able to run every day apart from Mondays didn’t phase me in the slightest.
However, getting a painful heel that appears to be tightening that lovely immense tendon attached to it was the gentle tap on the shoulder to say – This is too much too soon. Back off a little please.
It’s incredibly frustrating. I can happily run a hilly marathon with no pain whatsoever but the following day I’ve got the big reminder that I’ve worked that heel/tendon and it needs rest to recover.
I’m starting to wonder if I am not registering the pain when I run for some reason. It’s happened before. A spectacular sprained ankle and it felt a little sore after I sorted out strapping it up. I then ran 2 miles on it. It was a little painful but thinking back on that moment I should not have been able to put ANY pressure on it let alone RUN on it!!
So here’s me – pulling out of training for the 100 miles in September. I’ve also pulled out of the St Oswalds Ultra – told the organisers to donate whatever I would get as a refund from my entry fee to their local charity. I’m not giving up though. Oh no. I’m seeing this as endurance training. I’ll keep running but at a gentler pace until my heel/Achilles gets stronger. I will do more cross training to compliment my running. Cycling/swimming/rock climbing. No….. there are NO plans to do an IRONMAN! Half ironman maybe but there’s no way I’m cycling that far and then running a marathon!! There’s a whole load of words I can eat at a later date!! Hahahaha!
So now I’m back to running at whatever pace I want until things start to resolve themselves I will be booking up a few marathons for the rest of the year. Ones I can do at a snails/sloths pace. I’m going to have a fabulously fun time in the Lake District at the Lakeland100/50. Not running but helping out this year. Paying back some of the fabulousness that I received for the last two years at that event.
That’s all for now. This Ultra Sloth is going back to taking things a little easier until the training can begin again. By easier I mean running a few marathons/ultras for fun and not so much running mid-week! Which doesn’t sound easy at all does it!.