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Making the best of a bad situation

So it’s been 2 1/2 weeks since my last run, and although I might try tonight it’s not looking good. It’s not too bad, the hip pain has gone when I walk up hill, thanks to rest and some Physio exercises I was given by someone who suffered a similar injury. It does mean that I’ve been able to make the most of the nicer weather and time not spent running my getting out on my new bike.  A nice shiny new Planet X carbon beauty 

     Pretty damn tasty. And the ride is so much sharper and more responsibe than my old aluminium frame, tiagra group set Giant defy I was riding. Mostly thanks to a very good offer by Planet X, I was able to pick up this bike and a set of 52mm race wheels which will fit both this and my time trial bike. 

Anyway, I’ve been doing so turbo sessions to try and find my bike legs again, which have totally disappeared after all the running, and then on free days getting out on the roads, even trying some new Yorkshire countryside routes.  


I was getting a fair bit disheartened by doing the old routes and being massively slower so I have been taking some new routes, much nicer than just smashing it up and down the A58! I’m loving riding after such a big time off, I’ve even got some bike races in the diary!


Arthur Week 12

Bugger burger bugger. Remember that little cross county race I did on Sunday? Well turns out it kippered my left hip a bit, which I found out on Mondays run session. Could only manage 5k at 10km/h and 2 at 12km/h before I decided to pack it in. The following days long run (20miles) got canned after less than 1km… And then I rested for the rest of the week.

IMG_1038Apart from a short run on Saturday to see what was up. Seemed ok, I know better now though…..

Arthur weeks 10 & 11

Week ten started well with a serious treadmill effort to try and find a bit more speed. As good as Leeds is for running it’s not the flattest of places and so it’s sometimes difficult to gauge how quick you are going to go on a flatter route when you are constantly going up and down.

Don’t get me wrong, hills are great and all, but sometimes flat is good too.

Anyway, 3x5km at a decently quick (just off best 5km pace) got the week started followed by a nice 19miler, and then some general running till Friday. On Friday we took a family holiday down to Pontins in Somerset, where things started to go a bit iffy. My Saturday run I binned due to not being able to really fit in in amongst the excitement of going down Wookey Hole and tried to go Sunday morning. This was cut from ten miles to just over three due to horrific GI issues caused. By the food. Man, so much stodge. Monday morning I couldn’t move due to being crippled from sleeping on the shitty sofa bed. Not a good start to week 11.

Monday we drove from Somerset to Snowdonia in Wales (via a copper mine) and after a day I. The car I was looking forward to a run. Sadly the place we were staying in was in the middle of glorious scenery and roads which where really twisty and full of blind corners with no pavements or lighting. I took the decision that trying to run here might get me killed and so had to look for other ways to fit the runs in.

Fortunately I have a very understanding wife who assisted me with this. When we went to Port Merion she took the boys for a walk round the woodland trial whilst I ran it. It was supposed to be a 30-40 minute walk, but only if you had no legs.

IMG_0998 Although I had to do loads of running in circles it was great trail running, nice and soft underfoot, though there we less than helpful signposts directing you so half the time I had no idea where I was or where I was going. Tried to run on the beach but got 6 steps before I decided that running on sand so soft that I sank up to my ankles was probably a bad idea. Oh, that was hilly too…

IMG_0999 The next day we went to Portmadogg and the Ffestiniog railway (to go down a slate mine) and upon returning the rest of the family had a cup of tea whilst I went out for a quick run, trying to be fast as it was flatter.

IMG_1002-0It was reasonably quick and mostly below sea level.

IMG_1003The week was completed with a few general runs and a 21 mile effort on Friday night (nothing else to do on a Friday night) which left my legs in pieces for Saturday mornings parkrun.

IMG_1001So despite a tricky week away I’m still mostly on track for both Milan Marathon and keeping 100% in Jantastic.

Author week 9

Due to the niggle at the end of last week this week took a slightly different approach.

IMG_0992Monday was supposed to be a rest day with a half marathon race effort on the Tuesday, but I did an easy 5k on the Monday and a steady Half on the Tuesday to really test my iffy Achilles out. It all went well and I can commence as normal.

Only real deviation was Thursdays session where I was reduced to doing 6x800s on the treadmill which broke so I could only manage 5x800s. Oh well. I tried.


We’ll just pretend that I have been organised enough to post this back in December/January when the Jantastic Challenge kicked off and ignore that we are already almost 5 weeks into it.

So, what’s Jantastic?

Put simply it is a motivational challenge set up by those fine fellows over at Marathon Talk to get people motivated and running over the cold winter months in the lead up to (but not exclusively for) a spring marathon. This has been going for a few years now and ha had several changes to it, the most recent being the inclusion of swimming and cycling as activities. Oh, and you can log your activities via Strava.

So, you have to state at the start of each month how many runs/bikes/swims you are planning on doing each week that month and then you get a score for the mount you complete. Each month gets more complex, with February needing a weekly stated distance, and then March a started time/race goal. I could blather on more about what happens, but it would be easier and less painful to go to the Jantastic website and look for yourself.

Being in the middle of plan Arthur I am running a lot, six times a week, so I have logged to run six times a week (no shit) and swim three times. I normally swim 4/5 times but some mornings are harder to get up and get going as the runs get longer. No bikes pledged but I’m trying to do a couple on my short recover run days, just to keep the legs ticking over.

The first three weeks went to plan hitting all of my targets runs and swim, but I had that niggle last wek forcing me to drop two runs. Fortunately¬† you can play a ‘joker’ which if you are injured can play to either fill up all of one of your activites or half of your total for a single week. You only get 2 and can only play one in any given month. I deployed mine so am still at 100% for Jantastic. jantas

You can also mark how you are feeling motivationwise something I am not struggling with, even despite my slight niggle. It’s all about the bigger picture!

Arthur Week 8 – injury issues

So the week started off nicely with a 8miler and then a steady 17. It was Tuesday evening when I felt a slight twinge in my right Achilles. Uh oh.

Wednesdays was as the norm a three mile recovery run which I did despite the twinge, and although it felt fine on the run was still not right. Time to rest it. Fortunately the track session with the club was called off due to a frozen track so I didn’t miss anything constructive. I did a gentle, easy 5km on the treadmill on Friday and again, it was fine but still not quite right. I took of Saturday as a precaution and then Sunday was a rest day. Not looking good on the miles for the week.

IMG_0975still, there are ten weeks to go and aside from this niggle my legs are feeling in great shape. Today (Monday) is supposed to be a rest day but I’m going to try a 3miler before tomorrow’s Half Marathon effort.

The only problem with this is the damage it may cause my Jantastic score, but that’s for another post.

Arthur Week 7

Another storming run week.

2015/01/img_0968.pngMondays 8miler at pace on the treadmill at the gym was good and I felt much better on the following days long run than I did last week.

GI issues on the hill session on Thursday but a nice easy, quicker paced recovery run on Friday had me all sorted again. Or so I thought. 8.5 hard kilometres on Saturday morning before parkrun where my legs left leaden and like crap. Still, managed to knock out a 20:12 parkrun. And then rest.

Still managed to get in three swims, but missed the pool on Sunday due to too much haggis for tea!

Also managed two easy bike sessions (2x1hr) but it does appear that my bike legs have gone. Oh well.