More than two months have passed since my last post. So much and yet so little has happened in that time that I am not really sure where to start.
Two weeks on the sofa doing nothing was both wonderful and horrible at the same time. The worst part about it was constipation from taking co-drydamol. As soon as I found out they were the cause I stopped taking them. Thoroughly unpleasant few days! Being able to rest was really nice though.
A week in Tenerife at the end of February was most welcome though. We managed to escape all the worst of the weather from the so call Beast From The East, lounging around (not really) in 20-21 degrees while the UK suffered the snow and freezing temperatures.
A short delay in returning to the UK (spent an extra night in a hotel in Las Americas) meant that we saw literally none of the weather the UK had suffered during the week.
Fast forward to 10 March 2018 and I was excited to get my running gear on and head out for a short slow run to end the five month break. Damn did it feel good! It was a measly 1.9 miles and it was very slow – 11 minutes 45 seconds per mile – but, I had done it and I felt better than I had in a long long time.
Fast forward again and I now find myself at the end of the first week of half marathon training. I am using Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Half Marathon training program. It’s a fairly easy intro to structured training that increases distance during the 11 weeks prior to the HM, tapering in the last week before the race itself. In my case the race itself is 01 July 2018. I am nervous already. What happens if I miss a run, have a cold, break something, get another hernia etc? This is commonly known as maranoia (although I suppose it should be half-maranoia), the paranoia that something is gonna go wrong before the race and stop you running it. I think this is where I must be aware of the possibility of over-training and simply not do it. Stick to the plan and I will be fine. This means no parkrun until after the race.
The good thing is that as long as I complete the race I am guaranteed a Personal Best! 🙂