Well, after almost a month of frustration and rest, today I was finally able to run 5km again without pain. I’ve still not got much idea of what’s happened, and i’m going to take it easy on the training over the next few weeks, but the good news is that right now, i’m pain free and have booked my flights for the Edinburg Marathon, so – it’s happening!
I have tons of travel coming up so i’m going to be training from sub-obtimal level in strange cities, which could prove a challenge. Tomorrow, I leave for Frankfurt for a week – lets hope I can find a decent route in the city centre to keep things moving along!
Edinburgh Marathon have released the route map for this years course – and I have to say, it feels kind of scary. What I really don’t like about it is that you run past the finish point at the 9 mile mark… that’s going to be a huge psychological challenge to push myself to run another 14 miles! But, it’s time to focus on ramping my training – my original plan was to be doing 21km practice runs twice a week at this point and now I’m celebrating running just 5km! Long way to go!
After last weeks setback, I decided to rest up for a week and then give running another try. I switched my everyday shoes for more comfortable ones, and the pain quickly subsided so I was confident that a run today would be no problem.
How wrong I was. I was fast, my pace felt great but just after the 4.5km mark on my 5km route, the pain was back. The exact same pain that held me up last week. I hobbled back home ready to scream at someone or something – such a frustrating feeling.
So, off to orthopedics tomorrow to try and figure out what’s going on. My guess is a hairline/stress fracture, which could put an end to the marathon hopes. From what I read, the advice is 8-10 weeks of rest. I have 10 weeks till marathon day.
You probably haven’t heard of a Marcothon – it’s a concept which has been shared amongst runners since 2009 when someone decided it was a great idea to run 5km every day in November, and his friend then picked it up and ran 5km every day in December – the birth of the first Marcothon. Since then thousands of people have started the challenge, and I admire every one of them.
Traditionally this is done in December, but since that isn’t really practical in Sweden (ice isn’t safe to run on), and since i’d been so lazy in January and February, I decided that March would be my Marcothon – or should that be Marchothon?
Not only is it something i’ve admired in others for ages, but it’s also a great excuse to get my base fitness up before marathon training intensely in April.
Anyway, i’m now 8 days in, 45km in (I did 10k today)… and i’m loving it! Admittedly the weather in March is definitely less of a challenge than in December, but the feeling of achievement I get looking back at my Strava feed and seeing 8 significant runs one after another is really so good. My legs are a bit achey, but i’m pacing myself and not pushing for a personal best every time I go out, just to complete the duration of the whole month.
Wish me luck!
“Everyone who is rejected by the London Marathon is guaranteed a place in either the Edinburgh or Brighton marathons.” That’s how the conversation started. Continue reading
After my excitement about the application for the London Marathon, I was disappointed this morning to receive this email:
Oh well, i’ll try again next year!
It’s one of the blessings, and one of the curses, of my job that I get to travel. It’s wonderful to see so many amazing places, but on the other side it’s hard to keep up a regular training routine. Continue reading
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The other day I received an exciting email from the London Marathon organisers stating that they were only “weeks away” from announcing the ballot results for the 2015 race. I entered the race ballot back in April on a bit of a whim, so had all but forgotten that it’s ‘results day’ soon. I have read online that as an overseas applicant, my chances are significantly higher than people who live in the UK, so my hopes are high. I do plan to run a marathon next year regardless of the result – it would just be cool if the London race was the one I got! The results get sent out in mid October, by post… So, I’ll be eagerly checking my letter box every day in the build up to my trip to Peru!
Cross your fingers for me!
I did it! I ran the Gothenburg Midnattsloppet, and I did it really well!
54 minutes and 39 seconds for the 10km course, which puts me in 3,045th place, out of over 12,000 runners. Continue reading
The time has come for my next competitive race! Tonight i’ll be participating in the Gothenburg Midnatsloppet, which is a night race around the streets of Gothenburg. It’s a 10km race which now isn’t really a big deal for me – i’m aiming for a time somewhere under 1 hour, but with all these competitive races the clumping of people might well slow me down a little.
The course is pretty simple, with not a lot of hills compared to my usual training, but it does take in one particularly nasty hill just near the finish line. Oh well, it’ll be good practice for day two of the Inca trail!
Wish me luck! You can track me online during the race – here!
Yesterday was a pretty significant day for me. A year ago I downloaded an app called “Couch to 5k” and decided to do something about my health. I won’t say that I was in desperate need, but I was certainly heading towards being obese. My travel lifestyle combined with a general lethargy had seen my weight creep up to around 85kg (13 stone). I remember the process – downloading the app, and thinking “I wonder if I can do this”. At the time, being able to run 5km felt like a really long way away. My first few “runs” were basically walks with a short stint of running in between them and I honestly felt quite broken even after a 1 minute run.
Little did I know just quite how far I’d be able to take it. I ran a half marathon!
I checked my runkeeper statistics today – I have run a total of over 1000km, and done well over 200 ‘activities’. Granted some of that is running and cycling, but still… considering running for 1 minute a year ago was such a challenge, i’m impressed with myself. It’s amazing the energy I have now, and the fact that i’m taking on challenges like Peru… i’m a whole different me!
Now if it would only stop raining, I could get out there for todays run!