It’s now mid August and we’ve been going through a heat wave, and most runners would definitely say it’s been a challenging time to get out to train, but it’s definitely been challenging for me in different ways .
I ran a 5k in Lincoln ( the Lincoln Wellington 5k series) and in the first race I managed a pb of 18:00
The day after this race I hit some challenges, on my evening recovery run I ran on the trails and I turned my ankle by slipping down a hole ! Ouch!!
As you can see above 👆 it swelled up like a balloon! Great ! But that was just the start, as I think I picked up covid the next day ! I felt awful for 3 days, sofa bound ! No taste, horrible cough, and headaches, it soon passed except the cough that lasted for about 3 weeks or more, had to get put on antibiotics for a week which did the trick, getting back into training was tough tho, slow runs and short, so kinda back into base building for about 2 weeks until I could put any kind of speed into my weeks again, but with a slow build up I managed to get myself back to where I was.
So the next test came pretty soon, the next Lincoln 5k race. So I put no pressure on myself with this race just wanted to see where I was. I did notice in the race that I seemed to be working harder than I should be, but again I just was coming back from illness so just the case of finishing the race, which I did in 18:27 so I certainly was happy with that given the challenges of the past couple of months.
The Heckington 10 mile road race was 4 days after that, a race that I always enjoy and done many times. So I really wanted to perform well here it was my home town race. I set out on pb pace and just tried to relax into it, first 5k felt very relaxed, but after 6 miles it started to hurt 😆 so just case of maintain and concentrate.
I came home in 63:33 so about a min PB, 2nd Vet 40 and 1st local male prize.
I need to say a Huge thank you to my coach Gary Warhurst for everything you’ve done for me over the years, getting me into the shape I’m in, setting my sessions and just generally putting up with me 😂
And another thank you my gorgeous girlfriend Anna for her support on the day and for some great pictures. Love you ❤️❤️
Thank you to the Heckington show for putting on a fantastic event as always and to all the volunteers