Wanted to post a quick update on the training for the half marathon which has not quite been going according to plan. It started well with some short-ish runs to get me back in the groove. Happily I found I still had 5 miles or so in my legs without trying too hard, so I was plodding along quite pleasantly thinking I had ages until the Reading half on 1st April.
Unfortunately two things have since happened. The first was a reoccurrence of an old knee injury. It’s nothing serious but does stop me from training as much as I’d like. However it’s not insurmountable and tends to just quietly go away of its own accord after a few weeks.
The worst thing that’s happened is I’ve realised I’ve got a fixture clash! One of my best friend’s weddings is the day before the scheduled race!! There’s no conceivable way that I’m not going to properly enjoy her big day with her and be distracted by the race the next day. So, I’ve pulled out and instead am currently hunting for another half to enter around the same time. Bath half is in March…but I’m not sure if I’ll be ready for that. So I’ve suddenly gone from having bags of time to having not much at all. Rats.
To combat this I’ve started following a new training plan which is from a book called ‘Run less, run faster’. Sounds ideal doesn’t it? Well the reason you get to run less is because the runs you do are pretty intense. So I’m going to see how I get on with the new plan over Christmas and make a decision in early January whether to step on the gas and aim for the Bath half on 11 March, or if I wait and find another race in late April after my friend’s wedding. Whatever happens I’ll still be running in aid of Help for Heroes to raise some money and spur myself on with an incentive for a fantastic cause.
I’ll keep you posted!