It is always said that if you fall off your bike that the best thing to do is get straight back on and get on with it. So the time has come for me to get back on my bike and enter a race. Yes, it will be running.
So a year later from having ripped my quad tendon off my knee cap, it is time. I have run plenty of half marathons in the past yet never one that involved a mountain. So the Scott Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon beckons, with a mere 1236 metres of ascent or around four Lose Hill’s! No worries then!!!
It has been an interesting time in regaining some semblance of fitness and at times it has not been easy. It has made me really appreciate the biggest factors to poor running and those who are continuing with ongoing injury or just say they want to avoid injured. If they do, well it is very much down to a number of key factors: Strength, good running form and well planned training, oh and the odd freak accident. So in getting back to fitness it has been about strength, ensuring good form and also a good training pattern that has ensured time for recovery. Strength and stability was the first key objective to being able to run again, which when I started to run ensured good stability and therefore technique. Add in sensibility of the weekly training pattern and all has been well, with steady improvement. Oh don’t get me wrong there has been the odd set back, but today 6 miles with over 1000ft of ascent is achievable.
So yes, my weekly strength and condition session with running drills continues, hill reps and the introduction of a power session are all helping to make things feel easier. L2 conditioning using the Suunto Ambit Peak heart rate monitor has definitely been a worthwhile tool and has also contributed greatly to overall running economy. Most importantly, I want to run and I am enjoying myself in my new age category.
For me it has all in all driven home that every runner can benefit from a little more strength and stability, a well planned training regime and of course good technique. As to ‘No Worries’, well time will tell, the challenge is in play!
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