I thought it time for a wee update after a pretty slow week. This week, I think, marks my first 70-mile-week, and I’ve done it in five days – though it does entirely consist of runs to and from work. So I only have do to double that distance in two, rather than five, days. Easy.
I must admit to feeling a bit battered though and have a few niggles, most worrying of which is on the inside of my left leg, just above the ankle – could be shin splints, maybe? But these pains tend to migrate around my body so I won’t panic just yet. I finally got a blister too, to practice my skills on. On the plus side, I think I have earned the weekend off – I am off to Wales to drag stroppy teenagers up hills and wasn’t looking forward to running after a full day of that.
I have ordered a load of new kit – compression shorts, t-shirt, lube, tape for feet, drying powder, race number belt and the ominous scalpel (which cost all of 10p). Only four weeks to go now. Shit a brick. I am also recruiting more support runners since I discovered I can have company from 65 miles, not 70.
In other news, I climbed last weekend and I wasn’t half as bad as I expected – it wasn’t good, but it wasn’t embarrassing either (my plan of climbing once a week to tick over isn’t even happening). This was only inside so doesn’t count anyway. This will be the latest in the year I have ever started climbing outside, and probably 8 months since I did last, by the time I finally get back on rock. How I long for it...