Best foot forward

March has been a bit of a weird month, lots of positives, a few disappointments, some good achievements and some hope for the future.

I started slowly with running in March, I was keen to check my leg was completely healed. Apart from a tight calf (the other one) all is good and I managed to get a couple of longer runs in and although my running fitness has fallen off a bit, I can still get some miles under my belt with no discomfort.

I received an email in the last week, inviting me to assessment on the 13th April to joing the TORQ Trail Running Team. I’m a realist, I’m no elite athlete and I suspect my chances of getting a supported place on the team is relatively minimal. However, I think just going along will teach me lots. Although the chances are small, there is a chance and so I’m off to Church Stretton to run in a new place, meet some new people and learn lots. With some sessions being taken by Stuart Mills, there is some serious expertise on offer. Stuart has a great blog – UltraStu, definitely worth a nose around!

I had my first ever sports massage. I’d had a nagging worry about my calves and wanted to get them rubbed down. I headed up to Plas y Brenin for a session with Bodhi Movement. First up, an induction of all the things I’ve broken, when and what I was doing training wise, and an assessment of how I plant my feet from my trainers. Then it was some elbow needling tight bits, but generally ok. A few tight spots on my right leg, but it seems stretching, foam rollering and wobble boarding are doing some good things. I’ll go back for another session to try and get my legs free of knots (though I know now that this isn’t the technical term). The day after I’d been warned that I might feel a bit fragile. Wow, I felt pretty assaulted on the morning after, but with fluids and some light exercise it all passed quickly and my legs felt terrific.

Twisted ankle
Twisted ankle

I had planned to do a few longer runs back to back over the Easter weekend, but a game of squash on the Thursday night put that out of possibility. On game 2 of 9 games I turned my ankle over. The result was a lot of swelling and a good bit of discomfort.

This gave me a bit of an opportunity to see how much mental strength I’d have. After working on Good Friday I decided to see how the injury would cope on a rowing machine-limited range of motion but not too painful. This meant I was going to be okay to ride. Friday, Saturday and Sunday totaled 296km. So despite not getting lots of running in I definitely managed a bit of mind training. The mind is such a fundamental bit of endurance sports it never hurts to train it.

A quick round up of my human powered miles for March and a tune up towards 2013miles in 2013. March reads:

  1. Rowing 81.6 km
  2. Running 128.8 km
  3. Cycling 316.2 km

This gives a total of 526.6 km or 329.1 miles. (monthly target is 167.8 miles). So a solid month. 691.4 miles year to date so well ahead of the 503.3 miles I was aiming for.

I didn’t get much chance to snap any activity pictures so it’s just a few pictures from being out and about.

Oh, and there was an excellent game of rugby on 16th March !

What a run!

Coming down from Mynydd Penrhos
Coming down from Mynydd Penrhos

I’ve waited patiently for my leg to heal before going for a run. 6 weeks has felt like a long time.

Couldn’t help but enjoy the descent off Mynydd Penrhos, above Tyn y Groes in Coed y Brenin.

It felt so good!

A bit of an update on human powered miles… February was going to be lower than I expected after an injury and a bit of a virus in the middle of the month.

I managed to cycle 187km and row 88.7km so that gives 275.7km for February.

Year to date- 579.7km which is still slightly ahead of schedule. Looking forward to running some more this month

Running along the ridge of Mynydd Penrhos
Running along the ridge of Mynydd Penrhos