Out training in the UK again. Doing the first third of the Race to the Stones 100km run. Lovely views all along the Ridgeway path.

Out training in the UK again. Doing the first third of the Race to the Stones 100km run. Lovely views all along the Ridgeway path.

Back to running free again

The injuries seem to be holding off a bit and the weather is good. My little son was born a month ago and my wife has recovered well from the stress of it. Times like this need to be savoured as they are few but amazing.

Long run down to Burling Gap in Eastbourne. It’s nice running back in the UK when the weather is good.

Long run down to Burling Gap in Eastbourne. It’s nice running back in the UK when the weather is good.

At the top of the Peak in South Korea having run from town behind me. Amazing trails and almost a smog free view. Happy days

At the top of the Peak in South Korea having run from town behind me. Amazing trails and almost a smog free view. Happy days

Recovery

I am slowly getting back into running. Have seen a few people and one sports therapy guy has pointed out a number of imbalances. Working on those and hopefully it will make a difference. Did a little 8 Miler yesterday and all seemed ok so fingers crossed.

Need to start building up the mileage and soon but without getting injured. Though balance.

So time to hit the foam roller and wake the muscles up a bit.

About to run the Dragons Back in Hong Kong. Part of the Hong Kong 100km trail race.

the other picture here is of a run from The Peak in Hong Kong. Both equally tough.

Las Vegas Lookout run:

Sarsens Trail Marathon. At the 10 mile mark meeting up with a couple of buddies who weren’t really dressed for it. Amazing how your spirits are lifted when you see friends during a race.

Getting injured

Well it was going to happen. Racing a marathon and then training hard the week after all on the road. I have torn something in my right calf/achilies and boy does it hurt.

I was going out for a simple 8 Miler and the twinge had been there a couple of days earlier. On a gentil down slop it suddenly went and what I mean by it went was actually a very sudden and very sharp pain in my calf. So sharp it almost knocked me over. I stopped immediately and started to look around to see if someone was shooting at me.

2 miles from home and the process of walking was too much. I hobbled and limpted back all the time feeling the leg tighten more and more.

I haven’t seen anyone yet but I know what I would tell anyone else. It is a slight tear in the achilies and needs rest and ice for a minimum of 10 days.
Aghhhhhhh 10 days. I must be good about this. For the last couple of years that I have been running more of a fore foot strike and it has been hugely beneficial but there are consequences and the over use training injury is the most common. This is me. Nothing more than poor stretching and not enough massage as led me to this point. So what next. Well it has been almost a week and there have been very slight improvement but not getting worse. It just needs time.

So until then it’s back on the bike again for some good cardiovascular and strength work without the impact stresses of running. Then when it is fixed a more dedicated stretching and strength training on the affected area.

While on a trail run just outside Las Vegas. It’s memories like this keep me going when dealing with injuries.

While on a trail run just outside Las Vegas. It’s memories like this keep me going when dealing with injuries.

Sydney Harbour run. Tried not to trip over as I wasn’t really looking where I was going. What an amazing view.

Sydney Harbour run. Tried not to trip over as I wasn’t really looking where I was going. What an amazing view.

Did the Sarsens Trail Marathon today and got the win 2.51.36. Great race and only got cramp at about 22 miles but only in my arms. Strange but with all the flying recently I’m sure I was a little dehydrated going into the race. Was quite warm too but after the first hour, didn’t really feel the heat. Just a bit more speed work I think will help.

On the trails in Bilboa Park San Diego.

On the trails in Bilboa Park San Diego.