I dont mean catching up with my form – That’s coming along nicely as it is – I mean catching up with the blogging! This is sundays run – and I’ve run twice then, I’ve been slack – and busy to be fair.
It was my first “back to back” run for aaaaages and happy to report there were no extra pains from stressing the foot 2 days in a row. At the moment im alternating between the Hokas and the La Sportiva and it seems to be working – fingers crossed. So only 5 miles or so along the beach – was so good to get back out on it
Well the beach isnt new – though admittedly ephermeral but I have got some new stuff to show off!
Firstly in an attempt to cushion my feet a little more I’m trying out Hokas
I want to see if the extra cushioning helps. I’ve run in them a few times now (and am wearing to work too) and yes the cushioning is pretty amazing. They do lack in grip and stability on technical rocky sections as I found out last night. Unlike my Xtalons theres no connection with what I’m running on and I didn’t have the confidence I usually do on the trickier bits. Maybe that will come with time. However for longer runs where theres less trickery and more grass I think these could well be perfect.
Last night I did 7 miles after work down to Witches Point and back as I was feeling good, the sun shone and … I just wanted too. Bit longer than I planned but hey when the suns shining make hay! I don’t appear to be suffering any after effects today so fingers crossed either i’m on the mend or the Hokas are doing some good.
On the way back I bumped into old and new friends – The calf was curious but the mother not so. I took it easy through the herd, kept an eye on the buggers and got out alive (As one local very nearly didnt a few years ago)
Some amazing homecrafted bracelets! My photo skills dont do justice to how awesome they are – one says Ultra Badass and the other says f**ckit do epic sh*t and I cant decide which i prefer so I wear both! My friends at the pub think theyre great but especially the story behind them. Who knew blogging got ya friends and cool pressies!
Or however the phrase goes. I took almost a full week off again, mainly as I was busy with other stuff to tell the truth but still figure it doesn’t hurt to come back too fast. So sunday was a nice relaxed effort along the cliffs and home. Or it would have been relaxed if I had any sort of form at all now, everything feels so hard again.
However it did have an upside, as I was bent in half at the top of a hill dying I saw both a four and a five leaf clover! I await my luck with interest!
Further on I found some sort of dangly thing in a tree – It was a bit Blair Witch again to be honest
All in all though it was a good run (despite the blowing noises) of five miles. The last few days have been fine with the foot, i’m doing strengthening and stretching exercises and will continue the easy runs for a while as I recover.
I havent posted anything in ages … havent run in ages! I’ve also been slack with keeping up with all your blogs too. As well as taking a break for running to heal the foot I’ve sort of backed off the whole thing, not been reading about it or anything as a mental break plus its easier to rest and be injured when I’m not reminding myself all the time over what I could be doing.
So apologies, all of you have been so cool and supportive I do feel guilty that I havent returned any of that support lately. Its not being selfish its being self protective but still Ive had some great emails and support (and presents!) from peeps so I wanted to say I really do appreciate it and will be back in flow soon enough!
Last weekend I headed for St Davids in West Wales to camp with some friends for one of their birthdays. Of course I also intended to run. We were going to spend saturday walking the coastal path so I headed out ahead to run for a while and then wait til they caught up.
It became apparent to me after a mile or so the ankle is pretty much screwed at the moment. I waited for them. I walked the seven or so remaining miles with them. I decided this is no good and it’s actually time to really rest it now. Enough is enough. Plus with some family stuff coming up its time to focus on important stuff, running is just running. Probably a good chance to recharge mentally too.