Getting back to it steadily

It’s been a little over 5 weeks now since returning to Jersey and about 3 and a half weeks since I started running again.

However, like everyone else, I’m not really at the volume of exercise that I was doing before this horrific virus took hold of the world. Whilst before I was doing five or six sessions a week, since starting again I’m on a pretty steady 4 sessions per week and that’s going to be about what I’m on until lockdown ends.

I figured out from the performance tools on Garmin and Strava that the 2-week gap in my exercise probably resulted in about 2 or 3 months setback in my training. Frustrating but ultimately this is just the situation we’re in.

Given that every race in my diary up until September looks like it’s going to be cancelled a setback of 2 or 3 months really isn’t that important in the grand scheme of things. It will be made up in time.

The runs themselves have been mixed. Last weekend we should have been racing around Dorney Lake but instead I carried out a 5K time trial to see where my performance really is.

My speed was ok but stamina was a bit of a struggle showing that I really haven’t been doing enough long steady paced runs lately. However, I got it done in a little under 27 minutes, which whilst being far from my best was still a perfectly acceptable time given where I’m at.

Today’s run was probably the best one since starting again. I did a 6k effort early this morning and this turned out to be my 7th fastest 6k ever although it wasn’t as fast as two other ones earlier this year it still showed that, yes, some performance had faded away but perhaps not quite as much as I originally feared.

Most things about lockdown are ok – far from ideal for sure but in the grand scheme of things we’re fine. But I have to say I am looking forward to racing again but do also fear that the restrictions on public gatherings are going to prevent that for a lot longer than one might hope. Given that for me racing is the best part of running, it may come to a day where I have to question whether running actually is the right exercise for me anymore. Hopefully not but it’s just something I have to accept is a possibility.

In the meantime life goes on. I’ll just carry on doing my best and hope to be ready for when things do open up again.

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