Well, I try to keep it as real as it is and to be quite honest, I am not in a very good shape. The break I took from running after the NY marathon was definatly too long. Add to it that it was during the chrismas season where over eating is the norm. That was bad. I didn’t gain any weight but I lost the shape I had. The part that was able to get up and just go for 20km without needing much preparation.
Lately, I am preparing for a half marathon next Sunday. I was able to run the distance the last few times at the gym but I have yet to do it in the cold winter. This week end has been a terribly cold one. Tonight, the temperature is expected to drop to -28C. Add the wind factor and it should be below 40C. Hopefully, it will not be as bad next Sunday.
My legs are hurting once in a while. I still have to stretch my legs and foam roll regularly. I’ve also used a rolling pin on my front tibial muscles. It’s not the first time that I have this discomfort but last Thursday, it was impressively painful. I had planned to run 13km but had to stop a bit short to 6km. Even stretching on the mattresses to try and make it go away failed. I came back home with a failure feeling that I hate. I’ve rolled the rolling pin and today I was able to jog on the track for 2h25 minutes. I stopped before getting to 30 minutes because my feet were hurting. I ended before overdoing it. I was drained but happy to have lasted that long.
For next Sunday, I hope to run the 21.1km in 2h15. But with all the extra layer of clothes that I’ll wear, even a 2h20 would be a fair time. This is far from aiming to beat my PR of 2h01m24s but I am learning from my mistakes, I pay the price and work my way back.