It’s fair to say I’m having taper traumas. I know it’s normal and I’m not on my own but it’s still a funny couple of weeks.
So pretty much all the hard work is done now. I’ve ran about 540 miles in the last 14 weeks, got lost up a mountain (big hill) and actually ran 7 miles on a treadmill, now there’s an hour of my life I won’t get back. Oh, and listened to the same playlists over and over and over
Today was probably one of the hardest runs I’ve EVER done. It was 16 miles, not the longest but after running 6 miles at tempo last night and eating no breakfast beforehand, I was running 16 miles whilst hungry with exhausted heavy legs. It’s done… It hurt… it was a gorgeous morning, so that helped a bit.
I managed the last 6 miles at marathon pace or quicker which amazes me really considering how much it hurt.
that I don’t ever have to run a stupid distance alone ever again.. The next time I do a long run it will be on the day with thousand of others.
I haven’t blogged much lately, to be honest I have nothing to say that I think anyone wants to read.. Apart from the getting lost incident, I should have written that down for future reference, the moment has passed now though
I took another day off yesterday, it seemed like the sensible thing to do.
I waited for a break in the weather this morning and planned on 8/9 miles from home. 4.5 miles to the first road crossing on the trail then back again. A couple of miles in the hail stones started and by the time I reached the road crossing they were bouncing off my back, I didn’t dare turn around to face them so I just kept on going. I made a snap decision to do my long run, not 16 as planned but 13. There was another break in the weather as I left the trail to do a loop of the woods on the other side of the reservoirs.
There is a metal bridge crossing at the end of the reservoirs, it’s a wind tunnel even on a lovely day but today it was ridiculous, I almost got blown off it but stopped to take pictures anyway..
Yesterday 0 miles but outplanked my 11 year old if that counts..
Today 13 miles
Janathon total 144
The shame of it… Failure. I set out to run every day in January and I’ve had a day off. I’ve needed a day off for a while but instead I’ve done really easy runs and minimum distance on certain days to avoid an actual rest day. Honestly it would have been STOOPID to run today. I must have been a bit over enthusiastic at XC on Saturday and I’m left with a really tight left calf that I can’t seem to loosen off. It screamed at me for 5 out of 6 miles yesterday it wasn’t pleasant. So I have done a bit of Yoga today, fulfilling the actual Janathon requirement but not MY Janathon requirement..
In other news, I took my XC spikes out of the bag and put them outside hoping the rain would wash them clean, here’s how they look after a couple of small showers
It’s going to take more than rain I think
Janathon total stays at 131