|I'll still be using the treadmill at the end of my gym sessions,|
when I usually try to do a couple of quick miles, but not as
a replacement for my longer runs, which I'll be looking to do
off-road from now on, where possible.
blog, disregard all suggestions, or follow them
at your own risk!
|How I hope I'll look|
Of course, having had the procedure already for my right hip, I know exactly what to expect in terms of discomfort/lack of mobility etc in the immediate aftermath of the surgery (much more manageable than I had expected) and in terms of speed of recovery afterwards: providing I follow the physio's exercise/rehabilitation programme as I did for the right hip, I'm sure I'll recover just as well.
Being sensible - to start with
|How I expect I'll look|
This will all tie in with the greater emphasis on cross-training, and probably less running mileage, but more targeted training so that I can still hit some new milestones. As always, I've been thinking ahead to what these might be, and it's really nice to think that after this next operation, I should be running pain free for the first time in over 2 years, and that consequently I should be able to gradually improve my times until I'm back collecting PBs again - and hopefully one or two trophies along the way!
My targets for the end of 2016, then, are as follows:
5km: sub 18 mins
5mile: sub 30 mins
10km: sub 40 mins initially, then sub 38 mins
10mile: sub 65 mins
Half Marathon: sub 1hr 25mins
Full Marathon: sub 4hrs
Some of these are more ambitious than others: if I can get back to where I was before, then I would be pretty close to the 10 mile and Half Marathon targets, and the Full Marathon should definitely be achievable if I can get the nutrition/hydration strategy right. The shorter distance targets will require me to go consistently sub 6 min mile pace - a much tougher prospect, but what's the point of setting easy targets?! Once I can do this, I'll be right up there challenging for age-category placings, which is the ultimate goal.
What I have found is that, by putting in the miles and working hard, I've been able to reduce my times significantly in a short space of time - from 9 min mile pace in my first comeback races at Colchester Parkrun and at the Thurlow 5 on 17th & 18th October, down to sub 7 min pace yesterday at my club's 5km time trial. This bodes well for this weekend's races - but more importantly, it tells me that I should definitely be able to get back to where I was, and in theory once I get to that stage I should find I am able to push on further, unencumbered by any discomfort, and being, as a result, more prepared to push myself harder.
|I'll need to shift some pounds if I want|
to get back under 19mins. If I then embark
on a 4 month marathon training programme,
I should be able to keep that weight off
without having to worry so much about
what I eat. Which is a relief!
So, exciting to think of what I may be able to achieve, and important to have some clearly defined goals to work towards - all of which will help me get through the upcoming period when I won't be able to run. But, if I can sort a bike out, I can start that new part of my training regime only 4 weeks after the op, which really isn't too long to wait.
But before then:
Two races this weekend - a parkrun, obviously, because it's Saturday morning..... and this time, with plenty to do for the remainder of the day, I'll be going to a more local one - probably at Great Cornard, which is only about half an hour away, allowing me to get back home by 10am. I'm looking forward to this since it's been a long time since I've run there, and although I don't have the same group of friends there as I do at Colchester, I know one of two people to say hallo to, and it's nice and flat too!
|Ah, the Thames. Makes you proud to be British.|
Nice heron though.
And of course, the best races are the ones you do with friends, and I'll be travelling to Kingston with Rob and Bernadette, two fellow Commando runners, and good friends both, which means that, irrespective of what times we all manage, it'll be a good day.
In my next blog then, I'll be reporting back on how the weekend's racing went - in the meantime, good luck to anyone running or racing this weekend.
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