A Quarterly Update
I really don't mean for posts to take so long, new habits are difficult to create. I have been busy on several projects and fronts so I thought I’d at least post an update on how my running is going.
In January there were a couple of running milestones to start the year. Participating in the #RORunStreak meant thirty-one days of consecutive running. This was a first for me and while a good experience overall it is clear at this point that I am not an everyday runner. In part because of an ongoing issue with my right heel but also just because that much running, every day with no rest was a bit too busy and for my physical and mental being it was taxing. I would probably signup to do it again in the future but for the time being running every two to three days is my happy point.
January saw my first timed event at the Richmond Road Race. This turned out to be a fantastically bright blue day on dry roads and relatively warm temperatures. I ran a personal best in the 10K at 45:39 after going in hoping to run around 47-48 minutes. It set the bar pretty high for the rest of the year but it was great for the confidence to start off with such a strong outing.
The cold days and dark nights of February started slow on the running front. I took two weeks off to rest and work on therapy for my heel. Through recommendation and referral I started going to the Holistic Clinic and starting ART, which has meant making great progress towards running completely pain free. Now in March it’s not 100% better but it’s just about there.
The second race of the year for me was the Winterman 10K. After setting a personal record in January and with my heel issue (I still don’t call it an injury) to consider I went out with a plan to go slow. Despite another fantastic sunny race day with 8C temperatures; the out and back course, double hills and a lack of the usual training along with rushing through oversleeping that morning meant it hurt more than I’d like to admit. I had set a goal to run under 52 minutes, with under 50 being the real happy point. In the end I was done in 50:56.
The remainder of February saw a return to regular training sessions and getting back on track as Race Weekend and the 5K, 10K, 21.1K Voyager Challenge starts to be visible on the horizon. Of note I started up with the Enertor ambassador program in February and the next post here will be a review of the insoles they sent me and how they have helped propel my running and recovery times.
March (so far)
A big month for me no races but another major milestone, turning forty! This means I am now officially in the more competitive 40-45-49 age bracket for race events. I am actually not sure which race will be next, I would like to do at least one more before the weekend at the end of May. Perhaps Alive to Strive and/or another in April… In the meantime training is ramping up as spring finally starts to break with new time, internal and distance challenges being a priority to keep it fun. I am also going to give spinning at the Wheelhouse a try after getting a new rider coupon for my birthday.
Up next a review of the Enertor insoles with D30 technology.