And so I have been away for a long time, or so it seems to me. Having been utterly obsessed with running and my new found love of it, a TWANG! in the area close to what is colloquially known as the “party palace” has meant I have been out of action for a conservative, and probably too short 10 days.
The annoying this is that this is not a running injury. My shin splints were fixed with a change in gait. My knee was fixed with strengthening exercises. My loathing of running because it is so boring was fixed by excitement about perceived improvement, a decent playlist, and BLING! It was caused by the over-zealous following of the Adrian James 6 pack workout.
Regardless of who’s to blame (Adrian!) this did mean that I decided to rest myself and to not attempt any heavy lifting, running, or abs (Adrian!) and fortunately coincided with a planned trip to beautiful Saxony.
Of course, horse riding, mountains, copious amounts of beer, sausage, meat, cheese and bread did not stop me from wanting to run, and I did anything I could running related to keep up the momentum. This was my fear, that I would fall out of love with running and not go back, despite all the upcoming races. So what did I do instead?
I got a fridge magnet.
I got a new medal rack.
I received my BUPA Great Yorkshire Run number and chip.
I took a photo of my shoes. (But stopped short of naming them)
And this meant that I could a) only see a couple of my PBs and b) could only see a couple of incorrect Pbs. My K time in about 4.50 and my mile is 8.20 at the moment.
I raised this, and the fact that I could not find my best 10K time, with NikeSupport on Twitter and they suggested:
- I use the application. I use the application using Ipod not Iphone. They didn’t seem to get that.
- I look on the website. I looked on the website and only saw this…
- …best 1K, best 1 mile, best 5k, longest distance and time. No 10K.
- I mail again. They tell me to reboot my ipod. I do this.
- I mail again. They tell me that to record a 10K PB I need to run 10K. My present average is 10.2K, meaning that I have run more 10K+ runs than not.
- it all went quiet since.
For the month of September see how much I improve.
Do this in a contest against others.