In my blog, I have probably gone on many times how hard it was (and is still) for me to get back to full fitness after an illness in February of this year. This is because it has been a real struggle! Getting back into sufficient shape to run the London Marathon was quite an effort and achievement, doing the Marathon did take a lot out of me and recovering from it was another struggle in it’s own right.
I am now getting to the stage where I feel the right to be a little impatient. I seem to have got into a bit of a rut where whatever I do, I can’t seem to improve. Towards the end of last year, when my training was in full-swing I was doing parkruns at a little over 23 minutes; now I can’t even get under 25. I recall how much I enjoyed running the Temple Newsam Ten in January and now I even wonder if I could keep going for 10 miles non stop.
What I tell myself I need to remember is that while on Holiday in Slovenia I ran-walked up and down the awesome Vršič Pass, a three hour epic that surely is on a par with a Marathon in terms of sheer effort. We didn’t get much opportunity to recover from that because we were off walking most days. I really hope my problem is me simply over-doing it but since I suffer from hypothyroidism, I have made an appointment with my GP just to be sure.
Since last Wednesday when I really struggled through the hot Priory 10 and produced what surely must be a personal worst, I haven’t run at all and I am really hoping that rest is the answer to my woes. Fellow runners will know how hard it is to not go out running when there isn’t anything obviously wrong with you but I am determined to keep it up for another two days. In a few weeks time I’ve got the Flat Cap 5 mile trail race, hopefully I’ll feel better then and put up a reasonable showing!
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV