>That would be me. Stupid, stupid me. After a decent early week of running, 16M which included a 6 miler with 3 at tempo (yes I know Haile is not worried yet but still) I was closing the shutters in one of our bedrooms on Friday night (anticipating 4M on Saturday morning and 10 on Sunday to bring me a satisfying 30 mile week) when I banged my foot on a sticking-up floorboard and got a nail in it. It has just lifted up a flap of skin (believe me you’ll be happy I don’t post a photo of this) and it’s nothing serious but when I went out to run on Saturday I realised there was no way I could do so. It hurts too much to land on it. Same yesterday.
How stupid is this? This is no serious injury and yet there is no way I can run. I can’t swim for a few days due to another issue (I’ll spare you the TMI there) so this is now very very frustrating. I would bike, assuming that biking doesn’t hurt my foot BUT I’ve sold my bike. Which is good news – I didn’t make a killing but more or less got back what I paid for it so with a year’s riding I’m happy with that – but I’m now bike-less. I intend to remedy this situation fairly immediately. My parents are staying with us for a few days so I will prevail on their desire for quality time with the grandchildren to head to a bike shop and find myself a new, sweet, ride. While I am keen to go local, the local shops only have one, maybe two brands and very little for me to choose from. Instead I have found this place, Wheelbase, which is quite a drive away (3 hours or so) but seems to have LOTS of different brands, choice and lots of expertise. What do you think?
The only thing I have managed to stick with this past week is week 1 of the Hard Core Club. I’ve done 3 sessions, one of which with my 64 year old mother who holds a plank like nobody’s business. High standards.
So where does that leave me? I’m getting antsy about my schedule-less existence. I have been reading Run Less Run Faster and I’m thinking I might use this to train for Boston. It is quite a different program from the high-mileage Pfitzinger program which has helped me so much in London and Berlin. However, I am quite certain that one of the things that really helped with Pfitzinger was tempo and speed work, and the Run Less Run Faster program is pretty demanding on these. I would then be able to do at least one strong bike workout and one strong swimming workout per week, as well as a yoga-type workout. Training for 16 + 2 weeks (because I’m hoping to squeeze a non-running, hard skiing week in January) would mean beginning on December 13th. Given that I have 2 more weeks of children’s holidays to go, this stupid foot to heal up, and a bike to buy, I will give myself the next two weeks to set things up and write a base plan starting the week commencing Sept 6th. The book recommends having a 30M base before starting as well as getting used to the fairly punishing paces. I’m not even quite sure where to start with the paces – I have never done a 5K, my last 10K was a long time ago, as was my last full and half-mary. They suggest doing 3 one-mile all-out efforts and using that time as a basis and depressing as that’s going to be I think I will do that. I will then start incorporating tempo / speed into each week so I get used to that again.
So there we are – talking things through with all of you is making me feel better. I have a plan, even if it doesn’t – can’t – start today. I will keep you posted on bike-buying and foot-healing. Till soon my lovely ones. Oh and I have no relevant photos but I’ll post this one from a sunny run a few weeks ago. I’m smiling because I’ve already come up this 1 mile + hill and now all I’ve got to do is go down it again.