A week without much running, I know what you are thinking, surely this is going to be a thrilling blog article then!? I write this blog primarily about my running, but running and my life are so closely intertwined it is hard to separate the two at times. This week has been hard for me, but probably least of all in running.
I ran Liverpool Marathon on Sunday, my second marathon in a four week period after the London Marathon in April, with a half marathon race also thrown in the middle for good measure... mad I know! It has been a big four weeks for me, and I am proud of what I have achieved and still probably slightly amazed and unable to believe it. This week I knew I had to fight the desire in my head to lace up my trainers, and I had to really focus on rest. I mean REALLY focus on rest, not the usual 'couple of days' Alice form of rest. This years is far from over for me in terms of running and I need my body and legs in one piece.
MONDAY: the morning post Liverpool Marathon and I woke to near perfect legs, again making my doubt had I really ran 26.2 miles again? Still in Liverpool, I enjoyed a gentle 6 mile walk around the city, reliving the race with my sister and her boyfriend.
TUESDAY: I had developed blisters on the base of nearly all my toes today, a delayed reaction maybe, but my legs were great still, and I was walking and getting up/sitting down completely normally. I found it so hard to believe. I did go to a Body Pump class this evening, but only as I hoped I may be able to see my friend; I didn't and it made the class a bit of an effort as I probably would not have gone otherwise.
WEDNESDAY to FRIDAY: I completely rested - making it five days without running a step.
SATURDAY: I was at work early morning so unable to attend my home Lincoln parkrun as usual, which made me a little sad, so I laced up for 4 early morning miles instead (see image). At first my knees protested as I started to run, but after this I felt fine, keeping the pace steady.
SUNDAY: during today's run I was less at ease; it was hot and I really did not feel I had the energy to run or battle the heat again. I slogged out ten miles on heavy legs, mainly due to the fact my chosen route meant I could not really do any less. A little reminder my legs are not back to normal yet.
As I touched on earlier, this week has been a difficult one for me. I have faced some challenges in my personal life, which have left me quite upset and feeling a little lost with life. I have shed a lot of tears, hardly slept and also lost most of my appetite. I guess this does relate to running because I am proud that even though running is my 'go to' when life is hard, I have managed to resist this. I also know that whilst I have not been running, the fact I have not been looking after myself so well in other areas of my life will be impacting my recovery, and probably things such as my lack of energy. But this is life, and it is not perfect, and I am not a robot and I have feelings which sometimes take over.
Next week I am aiming to have one further easier week of running, and I hope to also feel stronger in myself to get other areas of my life back in check. Then the next challenge begins... which I cannot wait to reveal.
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