Happy New Year! I cannot believe it’s almost 2 months since I last wrote. At this rate it will soon be Christmas again 🙂 Anyway, I thought I would update you as my 500 mile running challenge for Blue Skye Thinking finished on 31st December 2015. You may remember I smashed through the 500 mile barrier in September/October and decided to carry on and see how far I could get. This was hampered slightly by the issue with my ITB – but for some reason, I signed myself up for the Silverstone half and Great South Run – so couldn’t give up.
In November, I managed 13 days without running. My goodness I was climbing the walls. My thought was to “rest” and see if it would stop the pain. It didn’t. I started running again at the end of the month, managing a couple of km at a time. It was at this time I saw the sports rehab guy and Pea Green, Jav. He made me walk up the stairs like a robot – I felt so stupid – and discovered a major weakness in my glutes. My right leg literally crosses over and knee wobbles in. He sent me away with some exercises and said he would strap me up for my race with Mo Farah on 13th December.
I honestly couldn’t believe what a difference these exercises made. I managed to run the full 10km race without stopping in 1:04 – only 24 secs of my personal best. I was so happy.
On 31st December I went out for my final run of the year – I set out to do a 7km and only managed 4.1km because of the pain – but I ran 1,001km in 2015!!!!!
200.22% of my original 500km challenge and 124.4% of my 500 mile challenge!
I was pretty pleased.
So what next.
I would love to set myself the challenge of running 1,000 miles in 2016. The reason I haven’t is because my ITB is still sore. It’s getting better. I’m doing kettlebells, HIIT exercises, clams, leg lifts. I’m reading new information weekly about different things to try…. yet I still had to retire after a few steps on the treadmill today because my leg wouldn’t bend. I know it’s because I ran 10+km yesterday. I know my leg can’t take consecutive days running. I know it’s going to take time. But it’s sooooooooo frustrating!
To hit 1,000 miles, I need to be averaging 30km a week. My leg is no where near fit enough. In all honesty, I don’t even know if I will make it around Silverstone Half in March 😦
One thing you can be sure of is I’m not going to give up.
Running is my headspace. I love running!