Eight weeks without a training plan...needless to say I am now itching to get back into one! It is probably good timing that there is now just one week until the Manchester Marathon plan begins. With this in mind, this week I have taken the pressure off myself a little in preparation for what is about to come.
MONDAY: my hamstring was hurting me today, it was uncomfortable at work and causing shooting pain down my leg. I was worried, and with a sports massage booked for Thursday I took the decision to rest from running until the appointment in case I caused any unnecessary damage. My usual process of self diagnosising my niggle (e.g. searching aimlessly on Google for some kind of answer) had scared me a little and I wanted to be cautious. This meant cross training intervals and then Body Pump to start the week.
TUESDAY: Body Attack
WEDNESDAY: my self imposed running ban meant a double Body Pump session (the 7am and 6.30pm class) was always going to be on the cards. I fitted in some gentle cross training before the evening session too, in order to try and warm my hamstring a little.
THURSDAY: Rest Day and massage day. My Google led self diagnosis of possible High Hamstring Tendinopathy was thankfully wrong (I really need to stop doing it!) My hamstring was in a bad way though, somehow the three muscles forming the hamstring had become bundled together in a mass, which was causing tightness and pain along my leg.
As soon as I stood up from the massage bed I could feel the difference in my leg and I realised just how much discomfort I had actually been in!
FRIDAY: my first run of the week and despite feeling very tired in myself I managed my fastest 10k for a long time. It was not a hugely impressive time, but an improvement on recent weeks.
SATURDAY: after a morning outside coaching in the cold and rain, and with no heating or hot water in my house thanks to a broken boiler, I really could not face the prospect of getting cold and wet again on a miserable winter's day. So I headed to the gym and blasted out a 5k interval run on the treadmill. I really pushed myself and was knackered by the end, which felt strangely good. Finished with some speed intervals on the bike.
SUNDAY: Lincoln Santa Run - a festive sprint around my home city with my friend (see image), and a enjoyable way to end both of our years' of running. Is it bad I also feel a little proud we finished 4th and 5th female in a fun run!? Full blog to follow.