Woke up to ankle still feeling a bit niggly, so decided not to push it. With VLM only 16 weeks away, I can’t have another 6/8/10 weeks out, so I’m being ultra careful. Instead of a run, walk. cycle or anything that puts pressure on it, for todays Janathon activity I did a core workout (lots of situps and ab cruches front and side) and then did the full set of ankle strengthening exercises prescribed by the physio – twice.
My running friends (both bloggers and ‘real life’ running buddies from club) have fallen into 2 very distinct camps around my injury. One group inisist that 16 weeks is plenty of time to get ready for a marathon, my ankle will be fine now I’ve rested it, and as long as I do the long runs I’ll be OK. The other are far more conservative, saying I need to do some hill and speed training and that if my ankle starts playing up I should defer my place to give me an extra year to prepare.
How do I feel? I’m sitting in both camps right now! In the last year, my 1st year of running, I’ve run a 10 mile race having only been running for 4 months (Sandy in April with another great running pal and pacer Shaz), a 10k race pretty much every month and the year culminated in 2 half marathon 2 weeks apart, with only 17 seconds difference in finishing times. I think if I can do that I can do anything. On the other hand, I’ve just had 10 weeks off running injured, this is only my 2nd week back and although I don’t seem to have lost too much of my running fitness judging by Saturdays 5k, 26.2m is a heck of a lot different to 5k and I’ve only got 16 weeks.
So, what to do? The plan is to carry on training as normal, including a weekly speed session and strength training and regular trips to the physio. I’ve started back on the biosynergy plan today which should give me the weight loss I need to speed up and increase my fitness. I want to run the London marathon this year, with my head held high and enjoying every minute of it. But, if it get’s to a couple of weeks before and I don’t feel fit enough, I’ll have no qualms about deferring my place and maybe entering a low key autumn marathon…we’ll just have to see how it goes.
Core work: 30 mins