Working towards the Poppy Half

The past couple of weeks have gone better than the last time I posted here. I managed to run the week after my last post as I hoped I would with a tentative couple of miles along the Thames.

Me being me I followed that up with a longer 6k run the following Sunday in foul weather joining my wife.

Once I was back in Jersey the basketball winter season had started again so I started playing although for the first game I probably only played half the match, at pretty much half speed, being very careful with my calf.

I had a short run on Wednesday that was interrupted, but I made up for it with a fun unstructured 5km run on Friday morning in Reading.

Saturday was parkrun day once again seeing me take on Prospect parkrun for the second time. It went slightly better than the first time did but I still am finding both the course and speed work really hard. Actually, I’m not really doing speed work at the moment so I can’t really be surprised that my parkruns aren’t improving or even getting back towards the 25 minute mark. All in good time but I need to prioritise distance with the Poppy Half being quite as close as it is.

On Sunday, my wife and I went once again and this time I went out looking for a longer distance and ended up at 14km. We had run together along the Thames back to Reading station but split up around half way along or run upon which I did another lap around the Thames Path. It certainly wasn’t my fastest run ever but I was happy with it all the same.

Yesterday, I played basketball once again but in addition to that I ran to and from the venue – about a mile each way. My calf might not have been perfect but it certainly has improved enormously on where I was a couple of weeks ago.

I am hoping I might run tomorrow morning but I certainly will on Friday morning in Reading. That will take us up until more or less two weeks before the Poppy Half and therefore pretty much too late for any distance work to be of any benefit. I remember that when I did go into the Reading Half Marathon last year I had far less training and still performed pretty well. The preparation might not have been perfect but I still have reason to be positive.

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