As promised, here is my updated on the final week of training prior to a weeks minor taper before the BHF Warwick Half Marathon.
A couple of weeks ago, I ran 10 miles in 71 minutes (I think?). So I felt like my speedwork was in the right place, balanced nicely with my endurance training. I had also ran a 5k PB on 19:51 so I was quite confident going into this race.
I didn’t want to put too much on it as I definitely prefer the summer and will find training much more enjoyable when the sun is out. This race would be a good picture of where I currently am and what steps to take next.
Spin classes have become a staple of my training in recent weeks and I give them a lot of credit for improving my cadence and leg turnover. However, I may have been over doing it on the exercise slightly because the week before the race, I was unable to complete my local Parkrun due to hip pains.
I limped in through the front door and temporarily became a google doctor. Reading up about runners with similar pains I suspected I had Bursitis. An inflammation within the hip which was making each step a misery.
The only cure – rest. A runners nightmare.
I tried to look on the bright side… I needed a few days break as part of a taper before the Half Marathon and this could give me the motivation to resist going out for a cheeky 5k one evening.
Damn it’s tough not running. I’m pretty sure the sun came out every evening just to tease me. But I persevered. And ran the following weeks parkrun in 24:37. I felt like I had won the race. Not the shabbiest time and no hip pain.
I had also swallowed incredible amounts of anti inflammatory tablets throughout the week.
Also, I read avocados can help reduce inflamed areas. So I ate hundreds of them (well, kinda).
I’m too young to get hip pain
I like avocados
Not running is harder than running
Have you ever struggled with an injury?
Do you know when to take a break or are you guilty of pushing through the pain too much?
1 last thing – I have started making protein pancakes. They taste amazing.
1 more last thing – afternoon tea at Vinteas in Leamington.