I didn’t post an update last week as I didn’t really take any pictures and I haven’t this week either. For training it wasn’t the most positive week although I learnt a lot. During my planned 16 mile long run on Saturday I had a real discomfort in my right knee at mile 7 – I persevered for another 4 and a half miles but in the end had to stop. I was part limping, part running so thought it best to rest up before I did any real damage. Missing chunks of running is really not good for confidence and it’s hard to know with all these niggles what is something to expect with training for a marathon and what is just discomfort that you have to work through. I decided to book another physio appointment at a sports clinic just to put my mind at ease and give me the opportunity to ask some questions. It was good because it gave me a moment to re-focus, the physio suggested going back to my old trainers (which is something that I’d been considering) so it was positive. My knee was feeling fine at this point (Tues) and I probably didn’t have to visit a physio but it did help to have a professional’s insight and help my peace of mind.
This week my legs have felt a bit heavy and tired but it’s been a really good week. I’ve been running every couple of days on the treadmill in the evening to get the miles in and Sunday I ran my furthest distance of 17 miles. It was a nice run after a slow start, my legs did well although my right leg was tender for a lot of the run but nothing too bad, so perhaps that’s a new normal for me. After the run I had a little cry haha, I don’t know if it was sheer relief of finishing or shock (…or the thought of having to run another 9.5 miles on top of that!) But it was happy tears. Sort of… this whole experience is very overwhelming!
I’m looking forward to this week – adding a few more miles on and keeping my legs moving. The marathon is so very close now! If you would like to sponsor me and help raise money for Children with Cancer UK please visit my page here. I’m very near my fundraising target which is super exciting and keeping me going during the more challenging moments!
Hope you have a good week!