This marks the halfway point of Berlin training, and I’m hoping the second half will be better than the first. I’ve missed several weeks completely, had several weeks of low mileage, and am struggling through my runs at the minute with niggles, or heavy legs making it tough. This week was another bad one:
Mon: 6 mile Run + 3.5 mile Walk
Tues: Metabolic Blaster (Upper Body Weights/Hiit intervals) + 3.6 mile Walk
Weds: 4 mile Interval Run + Lower Body Weights/Core
Thurs: Upper Body Weights/Core + 3 mile Walk
Fri: 4 mile Run
Sat: Rest: Hip Opening Yoga + 2.3 mile Walk
Sun: 8 mile Run + 2 mile Hobble
I went to see my physio on Monday, he said there was no major issues, and it’s just a build up of smaller issues from overuse, effectively I need rest which I will be gladly taking after Berlin. He told me to take another week off completely, but after having two OK runs last week I thought I would listen to my body and just run if it felt OK, I couldn’t really face taking another week off totally.
I had such a busy stressful few days with the move, cleaning the house/garden and moving some stuff to my brothers that I just felt exhausted during Monday’s run, I’d barely had any sleep the few days before and I really felt it during this run.
Wednesday was my last canal run while living in Angel which was sad! I love running the canal, and I will massively miss it when we move. I did an interval run to test out the legs and they didn’t feel too bad, although I’ve lost a massive amount of speed and fitness.
I did manage to get onto the canal for a bit during Friday’s run as Stoke Newington isn’t much further than Angel. Sadly I tweaked my opposite knee during that run and unfortunately the sharp pain on my outer knee got worse and worse during my attempted 13 mile run today. I had to stop after 8 miles as the pain was so sharp and severe that I was unable to run any more. I had a frustrating 2 mile hobble home, and there were plenty of tears along the way.
I really despair at this, I just can’t understand when I’m barely running why I’m picking up so many injuries. I’m pretty sure my trainers are to blame and I’m looking to change them at the minute. I only got this pair a few months back and I have been running in Asics GT 2170/2000 for the last 5 years but these new GT 2000 v2 are horrible. I’ve noticed the sizing has got increasingly dodgy in Asics lately as well, I am a regular size 5, but have always worn size 6 Asics, these ones are size 6.5 and they are so tight on my feet and uncomfortable its ridiculous.
I’ve spent the day researching if I can defer Berlin entry, I just don’t know if I can put myself physically or mentally through 8 more weeks of this. This year has just been appalling for injuries, and I’m not sure I can take much more of it. This month I’ve only managed to run 55 miles, which I was doing per week earlier in the year. It’s disappointing and frustrating, not just in terms of Berlin but because I adore running and I just can’t enjoy it right now. I’m going to spend the next week or so thinking about it, and if I do decide to do the race, it might have to be a run/walk strategy just to make it round.
I finished Phase 2 of the Fat Burn Revolution. I managed to move my weights up to my brothers tiny flat in Stoke Newington where we are staying for a few weeks, and did manage to get one of my workouts done there. Hopefully I won’t be too restricted in the Phase 3 workouts either. I’m not sure whether I should stop doing the workouts all together until I sort my legs out to be honest, I really enjoy them, but I need to prioritize running.
Onwards to the second half of training, things can’t get much worse right now so hopefully there will be a positive twist somewhere along the way!