Day 246 – Sunday 8 September
5 miles – 7:47 – 138bpm
On holiday in Weymouth and after my youngest ran the local junior parkrun I managed to loop a couple of times around a nature reserve in the rain but my achilles survived!
Day 247 – Monday 8 September
It finally happened.
I was face to face with the question.
Is it time to end the challenge and admit defeat?
I woke up in the night and vomited.
I woke up in the morning and vomited.
I spent the day lying on the sofa and experienced a feeling I hadn’t suffered from since I gave up alcohol nearly 12 years ago.
I managed a 1 mile walk to the beach but I was shivery, weak and couldn’t even contemplate going for a run.
Having spent the summer suffering from a sprained ankle, 9 days of high temperature, 2 further weeks of recovery and the increasing soreness of both of my achilles, I just wanted to feel healthy and be able to run properly and focus my training for the winter.
It was a very easy decision to stop the challenge. Take the day of and help my body recover and be in the position to prepare for cross country.
But I still intend to run every day for the remainder of the year.
Day 248 – Tuesday 8 September
3.4 miles – 7:52 – 143bpm
Just a short test run along the promenade. I feel much better, over my bug and can continue training normally.
I am starting to feel anxious about the lack of speedwork I have been doing recently.
It has been two weeks since the track 5k and all I have managed is a few hills and a tempo run where I dropped out having failed to even reach tempo effort.
Day 249 – Wednesday 8 September
5 miles – 8:09 – 137bpm
This was my first run to explore Osmington which is very small and at the foot of the downs that surround the Dorset coastline.
Naturally, the run become a fartlek as I put in bursts up and down some of the hills.
My legs feel dreadful, but at least I am starting to move quickly again.
Day 250 – Thursday 8 September
6 miles – 9:25 – 127bpm
I headed over the downs to explore the Osmington white horse which is etched into the surrounding hillside. It was very steep and by far the steepest ascent or descent I have ever attempted. I couldn’t even run the whole way down, or up! Better shoes would have helped but it was so steep!!!
I see my self as a good descender but I wasn’t brave enough to run down the slope! This was an amazing run mostly along the top of the ridge. I saw a few birds of prey and even though my speed was slow, I loved running in a more natural environment.
I’ve always felt I wouldn’t enjoy trail running, but perhaps I am wrong?
Day 251 – Friday 8 September
3.4 miles – 8:52 – 131bpm
Day 252 – Saturday 9 September
5.6 miles – 7:05 – 149bpm
I love a bit of parkrun tourism but it doesn’t always end well and Weymouth parkrun was a disaster which I hope is a result of this week’s illness and hilly runs leaving me devoid of any strength.
I was expecting to run under 18 minutes and possibly even win the race.
But after a fast start, I fell of the pace after the first km and proceeded to go backwards through the field.
In the final 800m I just gave up and had no fight left in me as I let two or three runners go passed without even a thought on my behalf to race them to the finish. I just wanted to run to be over without any additional effort.
- 7 runs
- 28.6 miles
- 3 leg freshness score
- 295 runs
- 252 days
- 1616 miles