For the first time in a little while my running has been wholly uneventful. I haven’t set any PBs, I haven’t injured myself and I haven’t particularly struggled anywhere.
That’s not to say things have been indifferent either, because I’ve had some really good runs. Particularly Parkrun #104 where I quite surprised myself with an excellent 24:32. My time is certainly creeping back down towards the 23s again.
It’s taken a couple of weeks to properly get over my back issues but a good gym session tonight including a quick 2km rowing had pretty much confirmed I’m over it. But even before now I’ve been running ok. I did a really good Fast Finish run last week which felt really good.
A rather nice and welcoming Facebook community, who I first personally encountered at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool weekend, issued a challenge for October to run (or walk) at least a mile every day so I started that on Sunday running with Jean, then on Monday doing another mile and a half when we were staying over at a hotel near the start/finish for the Jersey Marathon (a rather pleasant by-product of entering the marathon which we’d already paid for so we had a weekend of relative luxury).
By the way – speaking of the marathon – I know there aren’t thousands of readers of this page, but if the person who called out to me while I was watching the start of the Marathon last weekend could make themselves known to me it would be much appreciated. Just because I’ve looked up your name in the entry list and don’t recognise it at all so I’m curious how you know me…. I don’t think I have fans…
Continuing the challenge, Tuesday saw me going back to my training plan for the Poppy 10k for an interval based 5.8km and then tonight another 2km on a treadmill as part of a gym session. Tomorrow should see a more steady paced 45 minute run which should be my longest run since hurting my back so that’s a really good test on the way to the Poppy event in Bexhill-on-Sea.
We’ve been making lots more running plans actually, partly driven by the October challenge. We’re going to Reading next weekend so decided to take in the parkrun there, just next to the wrong Oracle, but we’ll also need to find time to run on a couple of other days as well. So much for traveling light I guess…
Then for when we’re away on holiday later in the month we’ve been thinking about how to fit that mile a day in – there’s a hotel gym so it should be ok, although the two traveling days could be challenging. We’ll probably need to find a route somewhere around the roads around Gatwick airport, which will certainly be different.
For later in the year, we’ve also got plans to do a bit more parkrun tourism, one of two events near Richmond – a destination picked largely for its accessibility to Premier Inn hotels, Gatwick airport and parkrun sites. I think even Christmas shopping might not take priority over running which might make for a cheaper festive season at least.
I’m sure once we did talk about doing less racing in 2017. I’m glad we didn’t really follow through with that…