Sunday, 13 January 2008

Pool, Farnley triangle

Route: 7m, mostly road
Weather: 6C, light rain

Last run over 5m before the 50m on Sat. No problems with cardiovascular fitness which is good, although I am obviously running a lot further on Saturday! Knee felt ok running, few very slight twinges tonight, but have iced it as a precaution. As I've mentioned before, I'm not sure how much is in the head and how much is real.

Must think carefully about recovery after the Thames Path on Sat.

IF (and it's a big if!) I manage the distance, then my new improved recovery plan (i.e. not just going out running straight away!) is to stretch properly over the course of the evening and throughout Sunday, ice my knee and foot (which is a persistent niggle) after the event and on Sunday, some light walking on Sunday and Monday, a bike ride on Tuesday, rest on Wed, light run on Thursday, rest on Friday and Saturday and run 6m on Sunday (or something like that). I will listen carefully to the body.

For the race itself, I plan to take it really easy, stopping every 6-10m to stretch if needed and going into it with the philosophy that if things start going badly then to stop. I really can do without a set-back of 4-6 weeks.

Feeling a little apprehensive as I just don't know how the body will hold up. Not really been in this position before and I don't like it!

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