Marathon Log – week 14

Week 14 (w/c 17 March) – This week I have run a total of zero miles. Yup, none whatsoever. I wanted to give my calf as good a chance as possible to start healing (see week 13’s log for more info) and the plan was to try and jog round Bushy Park Time Trial this morning. I was looking forward to putting my running shoes on the the first time in just over a week. After arriving at the park I did a short jog of about 1km with Sharon and things just didn’t feel right. I was not ready to risk further injury by running/jogging the 5k time trial so I chose not to.

My ideal plan for this week was to jog round time trial – see that things were a lot better and then do a much longer slow run on Monday. Well, after this mornings failed attempt at even a worthwhile jog any long running is out of the question. I just don’t want to make things worse.

After watching BPTT (boy it was windy out there for the runners, and we graced with the presence of Hayley Yelling, who is in final preparations for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships being held in Edinburgh next weekend) I headed for a swim and then after lunch off to a physio appointment.

Although things are certainly improving from a week ago, I’m clearly not ready to start running again, and with the prospect of running 26.2 miles in 15 days time things are not looking good.

To this end I have decided that I will no longer be running the Bungay marathon on 6 April. As things are this was to be honest a fairly easy decision to make. I want my first marathon to be 1) enjoyable, and 2) a reasonable time. Both of these will not happen if I chose to run.

Now, I have to think ahead and what my plans are for the coming months. First priority (apart from getting back to fitness) is a 10k in the middle of May. Following that an (almost) half-ironman distance triathlon in early June.

Over the next two weeks I plan to step up my swimming/cycling/gym training to maintain fitness and prepare for the triathlon in June.

However, in 15 days time Sharon and I will be at the start line in Bungay to cheer and support our friend Kirsty on, and she’s gonna have to run for me too. No pressure then!

Total mileage: 0.

3 comments on “Marathon Log – week 14
  1. Jane says:

    David
    You are so very brave and wise about not doing your marathon. Your health is of the utmost importance and your disappointment will subside. Well done you on such a tough decision. Keep up your fitness and I wish you full recovery soon on road back to running.
    See you soon.
    Will be thinking of you, and Kirsty (obviously) on 6 April at Bungay.
    Which 10k you thinking of doing?
    Keep positive.
    Hugs and smiles
    JANE x

  2. H says:

    Hello!

    Sorry to hear you’ve had to pull out of Bungay :-(

    Good luck with the rehab.

    H

    P.S. Take the shoes along on the 6th just in case!

  3. David says:

    Jane, I’m running the Bognor Prom 10k. Will be my fifth year in a row running it. Its fast, its flat, and if the sun is shining its beautiful down by the seaside. If its wet and windy, then its not so great!

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