Wednesday was my first run since the Magna Carta Marathon.
How did I let it get to this point?
Well, obviously I took a few days off after the race to recover. My legs were aching for a few days.
And then in the week I went to massage, which was good but kind of left my calves in a bit of a state. So that was another couple of days off, and that pretty much ended my ambition to get a recovery run in before going away for the weekend.
I went to York, my university town, which was great fun, especially catching up with old friends; nevertheless, it was also nearly three days of beers and meals out…and NO RUNNING.
My first day back at work should have been the day I got back out running but I was hit with such a tsunami of crap when I went back in that I couldn’t do much besides getting home and slumping in front of the television.
It was a great evening for a leisurely run, being the hottest day of the year so far (which for England isn’t actually that hot – still perfectly ambient weather for running a short distance!) I was basically just “stretching my legs”, getting back into training. I stopped here and there to take a photo, and got held up at the canal. (The bridge comes apart when a boat comes through and you have to wait to be able to cross.)
Overall, that left me with a time of 34:31 for a 5k.
As you can see, my stats were all over the place as well:
KM 1: 7:09
KM 2: 6:13
KM 3: 8:05
KM 4: 5:46
KM 5: 7:18
I busted out my new headphones for this run. They are the same as my old headphones apart from the colour since I replaced like with like. The reason they needed replacing at all was that the other ones stopped working properly after the day we got soaked for over four hours on a 21 miler.
I took the opportunity to get the new ones in green, but as I ran I seemed to be having issues with the blue tooth connection: it was cutting out whenever I started going fast – not great!
I finished up sweaty, with that pleasant post-run feeling.
Happy days – it’s been a while!