Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running
Back On The Road – Briefly
by Russell Turner - 19:49 on 25 February 2018
A good night’s rest, a frosty morning with no wind, nothing at all wrong with my calf apart from a slight residual swelling. The prospects for a first run in eleven days were good. What could possibly go wrong?
My plan was cautious: just 20 minutes on a flat, straight road after a good warm-up, at well below my usual pace. And for the first six minutes that worked, until I felt a twinge. So I walked a bit, rubbed and stretched, then turned for home. I tried to run again and abandoned the attempt immediately. My calf muscle is still not happy.
I’m booked in with Adam the Physio a week on Monday but suspect it will be a while before I’m ready to run again. Matchgirl, who usually sees the glass half empty, was uncharacteristically optimistic. It may just be scar tissue unsticking, she said, although she did go on to warn that after a long lay-off I’d have to resume training at a point at least two weeks earlier than I’d left it.
There are now less than eight weeks to Marathon Day, so a rethink is called for. Do I abandon the attempt this year and try again next year? My place will be kept until then. Or do I do what training I can, forget about a target time and just get around the course this year and enjoy the atmosphere?
I’ll delay my decision until Adam’s had another prod and poke and I know for certain how long I’ll be off the road but suspect I’ll still do it this year unless I’m injured on the day. I can pull out up to the night before and keep my place for next year.
Such is life. You can still sponsor me, though. The link is at the top of the page.
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