09
Oct
11

time flies

My thoughtless employers have seen fit to give me loads of work just as I begin to ramp up the training for the Maidstone Half Marathon. Training should have actually began “ramping up” quite a few weeks ago but my hesitancy to go hell for leather after such a long lay off meant that I was taking it slowly for fear of an injury. Plus I was finding even 10k hard going after not running for nigh on 3 months. Oh, and I wanted to transition back to running in the Vibrams. So an impending Half Marathon, tons of work coming at me, learning to run in the Vibrams again…not too much to deal with, surely.
Subsequently, in a nutshell, I have been trying to cram my runs into any small opening in my diary. And I have been trying to increase the mileage with each run. So my first run in the Vibrams was 2.5km, the next 6km, the next 8km and the final one 10kms. Interspersed with this have been training runs in the marvellous Saucony Kinvara 2’s – 10km, 13km, 17kms last Sunday in the balmy October heatwave we had (and which saw me run/walking the last 2kms, dry mouthed and pissed off), then a 12km, a 15km and finally todays 18.1km effort. I have been averaging about 40-50kms a week and am still no more confident about Maidstone next Sunday.
I do, however, feel I am back on the road to regular running. I have tweaked the schedule and listened to my body – if I don’t feel like a long run, I may do a shorter one in the Vibrams. I have also bought some more Orbana to save me from another parched and painful run and have to say that it is great. I think I may have round the energy drink for me. I reviewed it here when I did the Suffolk coast cycle ride but have found that it really comes into it’s own when I run… 500ml before I set off and I’m good for about an hour and a half. Perhaps, looking at the elevations involved in Maidstone, I shall have 500ml before I set off and run with a bottle to keep me going for the duration.
So that’s it. Blog up to date and as prepared as I can be for Maidstone (it won’t be fast or pretty but it should at least be enjoyable). My work here, for now, is done.

Soundtrack to this post: Ohio Players – Fire


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