It's something I've been building up to for a while and knew at some point I would have to 'bite the bullet' as I couldn't keep putting it off...
I figured last Thursday would be a good time to go as it would be 3 days before the London marathon, and, knowing quite a few of the club would be running it, it would mean that the session wouldn't be too taxing.
It ended up being a gentle 7 mile plod in under an hour. It was a comfortable pace, actually slower than what I've been running (though longer than anything I've done since return from injury) so I didn't struggle too much. I did struggle a little though - it was the longest I'd been on my feet all year and I definitely didn't have the same freshness and zip in my legs that I would normally have on a club run.
However, I got through it pain free, well, knee pain free!
The knee held up fine, but I had to deal with a pain between the top of my foot and my shin. It wasn't anything too bad, but was a sharpish pain. So I've RICE'd it over the weekend and it's feeling fine now.
I'll be heading back to club again tomorrow as it should be another light session. Hopefully there won't be any twinges in the foot/shin area. If there are I will rest up as this weekend I am going to Madrid for a stag do! I don't want to be hampered when I'm
I also have my first race, the Liverpool Spring 10km, the Sunday after I'm back so want to be able to see how I'm doing in terms of race fitness for that.
Finally, I couldn't blog the day after London without making some mention of it. 40 people from my club went down to participate and watch. I can't tell you how envious I was seeing their times appear on my twitter & facebook feeds. They all did brilliantly and hope I am there at some point over the next couple of years to represent the club and get back into running a little more long distance.
For now though, I just want to get back some semblance of fitness and get the torpedo-ness back to my pint sized-ness!!