Hi there. Long time no see. How have you been?
Me? Oh, I’ve been alright, you know. Been off my feet for a little while, actually. So long, in fact, that you even stopped emailing me telling me that my friends miss my training.
Well, I said I had a lot to say about tonight’s run - my first in NINE AND A HALF WEEKS - but, well the adrenaline has now subsided, so all I have are the memories.
I can say that it felt like the hardest 5km I’ve run since I first started running back in 2010. That was quite scary, but could be down to a few things:
1 - I was literally not using my legs for seven weeks, whereas with previous injuries I was able to walk, etc, I was a complete slug this time around.
2 - It was on the treadmill, so I was being forced to run, rather than running at my own pace.
3 - I had rowed 5km and cycled 5km before I got on the treadmill.
I was obsessively checking the distance by 1 mile, and I genuinely felt like I would have to stop by 1.5 miles. I am - particularly from a running perspective - really out of shape. I was pretty dizzy when I got off the treadmill - even after the 0.8km warm-down.
Despite the fact that I would rather play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun than run on a treadmill, the one factor that helped push me on - one that I would get if I ran outside - was the mirror in front of me.
Now, I realise this sounds vain, but wait. My confidence was fragile, and I felt like I would have to stop any minute. But, as I began to tire, just watching my legs repeatedly pound the treadmill in front of me reminded me that these were legs that have carried me 980 miles this year. They’ve been this tired before - albeit after a longer distance than a mile - and I’ve pushed on regardless. They don’t just lose that overnight. That thought seemed to do the trick. It didn’t feel like I was running strong, but from the waist down, it looked it.
I dunno, this all sounds stupid. I know it was only 5km - it just felt like it required more mental resilience than has been required in a long, long, long time. I had to dig deep to get over a relatively short distance. Which is why I’m probably over-analysing.
Anyway, I’ll stop blabbering now. It was my first run in 66 days. It was 5km. It was pain-free. It was followed by lots of stretching. It made me feel terrible at the time. It made me feel incredible afterwards. I can’t ask for much more than that.
I just can’t wait until New York isn’t coated in a layer of ice, so I can get back out into Central Park.
Thanks to everyone that offered the baby steps and ease into it (which sounds mucky) advice - I shall be doing just that!
5km row in 20:15
5km (+1km w/d) cycle in 14:48
5km run in 23:47
0.8km walk at 3.5 gradient in 10:00