Tuesday 1 January 2019
(Blackpool half-marathon training)
Well, that was soon over. Christmas has been and gone. We enjoyed it all. It’s been a great time to sit back, reflect, look forward, go to the football, read, watch TV, run, eat. It’s been great. Apart from getting a stinking head cold, that part has been painful. Whenever I do get a cold (which is very rarely, I think this is the first one I’ve had in five years) it seems to stick to the inside of my head and eye sockets.
Running has been great. I managed 144 pain-free miles in December. Last week I completed a ‘long’ run of 9 miles and the day after a treadmill session of 7 x 1K and comfortably hit sub 4 min for the last three reps. But by Saturday I felt wrecked and had to jog round Bolton parkrun sweating profusely. It’s never a straight line. But considering where I was in November, it’s amazing that I’ve been able to build some consistency with the sessions. It’s a shame that this cold has taken the edge off it, but that’s life.
By New Year’s Day I felt well enough to do the NYD special edition event at Bolton. I jogged for a few miles before hand and then ran round with my mate Shay in 24:16. Even that felt difficult towards the end. As I walked off the track I had to remind myself about what I promised myself as the start of this half-marathon project: I just want to be able to run without pain. So in this respect it was a successful start to the new year. I’m not allowing myself to think about times just yet. I think that by the end of February I’ll have some form of target in place for the half, but for now it’s all about building on the solid foundation of December and getting rid of this stinking cold.