Back into training properly this week and I really struggled. Both the 8 miles on Tuesday and Thursday’s 14 miles were just grim. I felt like I had nothing in me in terms of energy and really didn’t enjoy either of them.
In addition my right hip was really sore – it started a bit in Dorset the previous week, but was much more pronounced this week and was actually painful just walking. I think it is most likely to be as a result of compensating my gait to counter the effects of my dodgy left knee which has started to be more pronounced as I’m running tired and for longer distances.
So, a bit of a revaluation has been applied to the training programme. Fearful of overtraining and injury at such an early stage in the proceedings, and conscious of limited progress in terms of times, I’ve decided to drop the 10 mile run on Sundays in favour of a fast speed session of either fartlek or just all out speed work over around 3 miles/5km time trial. I may increase Tuesday’s 8 mile run to 10 miles, but will play it by ear and see how my body responds.
This week’s benchmark 3 miler was covered in a sedate (though it didn’t feel it) 24 mins 28 secs, or 8 mins 12 secs/mile. To put that in perspective, that’s marginally quicker per mile than the average speed I did when I achieved my personal best marathon time in 1999!