"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, 22 April 2013

Returning to club running and being envious of VLM'ers! (and a stag do in Madrid)

Last Thursday I returned to club running.

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 getting ridiculously drunk exploring the wonderful sights Madrid has to offer.

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!!


  1. Sounds like you're firmly on the comeback trail- how very exciting! Have a good time in Madrid, and be sure to do a race report about the 10K :)

    1. Will do! It's been a while since I've done a race report!!