Despite blogging previously about how well my marathon training had been going and how many miles I had run, I am sadly having to have an entire week of rest 😦
I did a track session of 6 x 1 mile at 5K pace followed by 10 x 200m but I only managed to do 6 x 200m as I had starting limping. Unfortunately that was the start of an issue with my hip 😦 Initially I ignored it and ran through the pain but it has unfortunately not resolved itself despite going to the physio and doing every conceivable hip stretching exercise 😦
Matters came to a climax on Saturday when I had decided to do my long run of 15 miles. The plan was to run 7.5 miles at 9:30 m/m pace and then the final 7.5 miles at 8:30 m/m pace. I started out running and was finding it incredibly difficult to run 9:30 m/m pace – this should be an easy pace but I was really struggling 😦 I had planned to incorporate Old Deer Park Parkrun into my run but by the time I got there with 40 minutes to spare I had slowed down so much that I was running 11 m/m and run/limping. At that point thankfully I had the sense to stop and used my oyster card to get the bus home.
Despite my abortive long run, I planned to run it on Sunday instead and did some work on Saturday feeling optimistic about completing my long run the next day. Alas, I went to an event that evening and my hip was extremely painful to walk on and even to put weight on it. I met up with my coach on Sunday and he suggested that I rest for an entire week and then try Parkrun on Saturday and my planned Half Marathon – Great Bentley on the Sunday. My hip is still hurting 😦 and its Tuesday! I am abstaining from spinning as apparently that might also aggravate my hip and just trying to rest and only do strength work. It is hard though. I am definitely full of energy which needs to be dissipated! I will literally go nuts if I am not able to resume some kind of exercise regime next week!
I am still feeling pretty positive at the moment. The 19 April is a very long way away right and hopefully my hip will be fully able to be resolved by then and I will be running without any injuries and stronger than ever before. I pray that will be the case.