Monday, 18 November 2013

Mind your step...

I'm feeling a little bit sorry for myself as I write this week's blog. Just over ten minutes into Sunday's long run, I tripped over a paving slab and ended up tumbling onto the pavement, my left knee bearing the brunt of the impact. Fortunately, I hadn't done anything major- there was no cracking or crunching of bone- but it was a stinger; the kind of fall which takes the breath away, brings a tear to the eye and sends you home with tail between legs...

It was such a silly and frustrating thing to do after enjoying a great week's training. By Friday morning, I'd already logged 30 miles for the week and was looking forward to running 15 miles or so on Sunday so that my total weekly mileage would be in the mid-forties. Alas, it wasn't to be... I'm currently under strict instructions from my wife not to run, but I'm hopeful that the swelling (and there's not too much of that, to be completely honest) will go down sufficiently that I'm able to make Tuesday night's track session. If not, I can always do the same as during the week just gone- after being unable to escape work on time on Tuesday- and jump on a treadmill for an interval session at some point.

Also this weekend, I finally took the time to work out that we're just 21 weeks out from the London Marathon on 13 April, which really doesn't sound all that far away when put like that. Given that I intend to follow Pfitzinger & Douglas' 18 week schedule in their Advanced Marathoning book, I should therefore start marathon training proper on Monday 9 December. But throw in an extra week for the Christmas break (and despite best intentions, I never get much running in that week) and I will actually start following the plan on Monday 2 December- just two weeks away and the day after the Kingston 10K. Hopefully, I'm getting the injuries and illnesses out of the way now...

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