Happy Friday everyone!
So…on Saturday I completed my 1st race post crash!!
Callum was my support runner (thank you again!!!!) – he was fine with a slow run, since he had the Edinburgh marathon the following day. I was too scared to look at my watch but he knew I wanted anything sub30, although I told him just before the race I thought I could get 27.30!
Anyhoo, 26minutes and 10seconds later (and only 8+ minutes onto my PB!) I finished!! I was so so happy!! I love conquering goals; no matter how big or small! Thanks to everyone who supported me during the race – I never realised how many readers there are!! Callum I hope our speedy time isn’t what made you ill at the Edinburgh marathon 😦 get well soon!
Oh, and since Callum was so charitable to me, please be charitable to him. He is “running until he drops”: at least 1 mile on the 1st of June, 2 miles on the 2nd, 3 on the 3rd and so on – up to 30 miles on the 30th! It is for a GREAT cause so please dig deep and sponsor him here!
(parkrun article. Ok, it’s predominantly about Kylie Babez’ win (shock horror!) BUT my 54th place is mentioned!)
Speaking of Edinburgh, I was informed on Strava that I lost my CR for the marathon on Sunday! Grrr!
(Gotta love Strava to keep you motivated…!)
And just to kick me while I was down, I woke up on Monday morning with excruciating pain in my calf and Achilles. In fact, scratch that, I hadn’t slept a wink due to the pain. I tried ice, hot water bottle, painkillers, massage….nothing seemed to help! Had I pushed too hard at parkrun? Did I overdo it? Not again!
So I am back off the running.
HOWEVER, conversely I have managed to cycle outside for the first time since the crash (lots of firsts this week!)!!!!!! Phil Mann you are a LEGEND!!! He took me out, making sure I was comfortable the entire time! We started on grass, then just cycled around Hazelhead where we only saw a couple of cars. A good way to ease into it!
AND I didn’t cry once…! Kyle will be surprised to hear that considering I am crying at every little step forward these days! Oddly, I don’t cry from the steps back (cue calf issue), only the good stuff! I may have to be institutionalised soon.
I digress. When I got home from the hospital, Phil was one of the 1st visitors I had, and brought with him champagne, Rego recovery drink (hilarious…) and his injury sweets of choice (he is constantly injured!).
The champers was for when I first cycled outside again. So guess what was opened on Tuesday night…?!?
Phil came round and we watched a Doric movie and chatted the night away!
There were more celebrations had this week, but more on that later!
(but it still included alcohol and cake!)
I guess what I’m trying to hint at here, folks, is despite highs (cycling outside) and lows (ANOTHER injury), you should ALWAYS look at the positives!
Could I cycle at all 2 weeks ago? Nope.
Could I run 5km 2 weeks ago? Nope.
My calf WILL heal and I WILL get out there again! My bike strength and confidence WILL come back!
I’m getting there… slowly but surely!
Thanks so much again to everyone for their encouragement! Can I also ask that you support Freyja through her injury!?! She is trying to qualify for OLYMPICS but is in an air cast at the moment!!! Wish her a speedy recovery too!
And when you’re down, Pinterest really does help make you smile!
And how cute is this?!
Oh, and some ACTUAL USEFUL INFORMATION (you’re welcome) for any Spotify members out there:
Speaking of “highs” (gettit?!), did anyone watch the documentary on BBC about Alberto Salazar? I may be biased, but I believe Kara Goucher because I ❤ her!
So…IS Galen a doper?? And what about Mo…??
How is everyone?
Anyone dealing with injury?
Who has races coming up?