Well, this is going to be a short and sweet post. Week 5 of Manchester Marathon training hasn’t really gone to plan, but when does marathon training ever go smoothly?
With my hip/side still painful, even when just walking, I rested today. Hoping that I would be able to run tomorrow. I stretched my side lots, but it actually felt like the stretching was making it hurt more.
I thought that I was going to be able to run today, but the pain was still there when walking. It is such an awkward place that resting it is almost impossible. Every movement in bed, when I walk, standing up, just everything seems to make you engage your obliques. Saying it’s my obliques is totally self-diagnosed; not ideal but going to see a physio at the moment is out of the question.
With my hip rested and feeling a little better, I was struck down with a cold. Very annoying! I was in bed by 8 pm, asleep by 8:20 pm and then slept through until 6:30 am the next morning. I am sure you have gathered but no running again today.
I was still not feeling great today. I went to work, but I had that feeling when your eyes are sore and all you want to do is close them and lay in bed. So, day 5 of no running. Can you see why this week hasn’t quite gone to plan???
Feeling better, I decided to go for a test run to see how my hip was. I thought it was going to be lovely, as the weather was nice and it was still light outside when I got home from work. I got my music ready and was about to head out when my daughter said she wanted to come with me. Ahhh, how lovely I thought. Well, that didn’t quite go to plan as she whinged after just 30 seconds and made me feel like I’d forced her out 🙂 Well, after returning her home 1/2 a mile in, I completed the other 1/2 mile on my own, with Oasis playing on my headphones.
I could feel my hip, it was tight but not sore. I felt VERY unfit, but it was lovely to be running. I stuck with just a mile as I wanted to see if there would be a reaction.
With no obvious reaction, I decided to head to Parkrun with Christine. I thought I could just walk when I needed too. Irchetser Parkrun isn’t the easiest, but luckily we started towards the back and that meant that we started slowly as it is congested.
I was surprised at how my breathing was; feeling ok and enjoying the running, we didn’t stop at all. My hip felt tight and I was aware of it the entire run, but it was hurting.
It was really lovely to be running again. It was only a week without running, but it felt like a lifetime! I stretched lots when I got home and kept my fingers crossed that there was no reaction.
Luckily there was no reaction with my hip, but Storm Ciara was visiting so I actually enjoyed a lie-in. Tea in bed and a lazy morning was so nice! I had decided that I needed to run again, I am very aware that Manchester Marathon is getting very close and I haven’t really logged any big miles. I decided to get on the treadmill and see how many miles I could bank.
Does anyone else find it really hard to motivate themselves to run if they haven’t got it done in the morning? I knew I didn’t have the mindset to just run long on the treadmill and I still wasn’t totally confident with my hip.
So, I ran a mile then stopped and stretch. I increased the speed a little and then ran 2 miles. With a little speed increase again, I ran 3 miles. I would have liked to run 4 miles, but I knew that I didn’t have the time as my husband and daughter were waiting for me.
I was really enjoying the running, singing along to the music; well miming, as no one needs to hear my singing voice! I was constantly checking my form and I could feel my hip, but it didn’t feel as tight as yesterday. Funnily, everything else seemed to hurt!
But I was happy with 6 miles banked in total. I would have liked more, but I don’t want to push it too soon.
Overview and Stats
I would be lying if I said I was confident for Manchester. I already felt so behind with my training, so missing last week hasn’t helped at all! But 8 weeks is still a long time, so let’s see what happens!
10 miles banked for week 5
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