The good news is that I have finally reached the 5K mark – my last (of 3) 30 minute runs saw me just sneak past 5K:
However, the bad news is that I had started to suffer from shin pain as my runs got longer.
When I realised that my shins were not only bruised, but that I also had a strange lump on my left one, it was time not only for rest but also a visit to the osteopath.
Thankfully it turned out not to be shin splints, which is what I had feared, but something to do with the effect of impact vibration on my muscles. After several quite painful sessions of deep tissue massage, and some ultrasound, I have been given the all clear to run again.
I have had to go right back to the beginning. So running for only a minute at a time, with a 90 second rest in between the runs – 8 in all. And instead of one rest day between runs, I have to take two.
However, the upside of this is that it now seems really easy! I remember those first few runs where I thought a minute would never end. Now I can just concentrate on enjoying the run, and the scenery.
And the scenery is quite spectacular. I’m still running in Morden Hall Park, and the difference in the park since I first started running there is amazing. It has been lovely to run without having to layer up the clothes – and getting hot whilst running is something of an experience.
There are still lots of magpies, but today was a good day, and my first sighting was a pair, so 2 for joy!