Its been an interesting week, where I’ve begun to question my ability to run. Basically I feel like I’ve lost my running mojo! Before my operation a couple of weeks ago, I cut back on the amount of running I was doing to give my Achilles some rest and began to focus on cycling a bit more than I had been, what I had failed to recognise at the time was that it would be four weeks until I next ran again.
Those four weeks have somehow stolen my mojo, and my recent runs have been a real struggle, to the point that I have not managed to complete a single run without some walking. In fact the first time I headed out for my run after I got the all clear, I was shocked at how much running fitness that I had lost. Everything felt really heavy and I just couldn’t seem to hit the groove, it was quite disheartening, as I remembered just how it used to feel to run for 40 minutes without stopping while I was walking around my usual morning route.
It’s getting better, I can now run further than that first few runs, but I’m still not back where I was and its a little disheartening. The fact that I’m recording all my runs on my Garmin watch, means that I am able to see the slow gains that I am making, which is great and definitely helping with the motivation.
On a rosier note I have started putting some hills into my weekly cycling routine and have started doing a 22k hill loop that climbs 350m overall and provides some pretty beautiful views as well when the sun starts to come up. And its these moments that keep me getting up at 5am so that I can get the run or ride in before work. The getting outside and “doing it” is really good for my sense of well being, even if its absolutely rubbish for the amount of sleep I’m getting, something that I am going to have to address, but a lifetime of being a night owl is not going to get overturned in a few months. Still I do have to get used to going to sleep sometime between 9 and 10 because everything I read tells me that sleep is realllllllly important for recovery.
Finally I actually won something this week! Not a race, but I won a supply of EM’s power cookies from a competition that I entered on Facebook. They’ve not arrived yet but that was a pretty excellent way to start my weekend.
- Monday – Ride 22k
- Tuesday – Run 6k
- Thursday – Ride 17k, Run 6k
- Saturday – Run 5k
- Sunday – Ride 31k