Pontefract without the rain

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Last year as I was building up my mileage I first sprained my hamstring and then my quads.  This took months out of my training programme; it was time to start listening to the physo!

Last month I ran over 120 miles and avoided injury, today I managed to run a respectable time at Pontefract parkrun following the double yesterday.  This made me reflect on what I need to do to keep out of trouble as I again try and build mileage in training for the Marathon.

Stretching after exercise, warming up properly and a regime of strength exercises have all been prescribed by my very excellent physio and so far so good but I will not be running every day.  On my non-running days, the plan is to run through my strength exercise programme at the gym.

As for Pontefract parkrun today, it was brilliantly organised by Rothwell Harriers who took over for the morning.  The promised rain didn’t turn up until the run was over and it was a great morning to have a run.

What a difference a year makes

This time last year was probably one of the lowest moments in my running “career”.  I was attempting to do the parkrun “double”: Pontefract and Nostell Priory and when I got to the latter venue, I had to quickly return to the car because I could hardly stand up.  The problem was heart fibrillations which had been troubling me for some time and by then had got so bad that I had then to resign myself to no more strenuous exercise until I submitted myself to a surgical procedure called a “cardiac ablation”.   I had the operation on the 8th January last year and since then I have had no more symptoms and have been able to gradually make my way back to former fitness.

Richard at Nostell
This is why today’s run was so special to me since I was not only able to do the Pontefract – Nostell double but I absolutely smashed it by running between the two venues being able to reach Nostell Priory 10 minutes before the start. A total 12 mile run incorporating two parkruns.

More training beckons with another parkrun tomorrow (maybe a slow one), and many more miles before London in April.


Addicted to running?

I guess only a certain breed of fellow idiot will understand this, but when you reach a certain “groove”, you find yourself wanting to run at every opportunity and fitting in the next run can dominate your life!  Now the little sensible person pearched on your shoulder is reminding you that rest days are essential to avoid injury and develop strength, but it’s hard!  Yesterday I avoided all temptation and was able to have a run-free day.

Richard and Chevin 2


After the shock of completing the Chevin Chase (above), we had a day-off to do the “proper” Boxing Day with the “kids” doing everything that ordinary families are supposed to do on the day after Christmas.   It was a struggle though not to get a quick run in!

Finally, today (Monday), I did get out for a 7.2 run round my neighbourhood including taking a look at some of my favourite off-road paths now sadly, underwater – even with the numbing experience of The Chevin, I wasn’t going there!

Footpath Closed