I went into the (Complete Runner) shop to find a large carton of hoodies, sweats and tees had just been delivered. I thought there's no way I'm going to risk a back strain by trying to carry it upstairs so I simply bent down to move it ...and strained my back anyway! Extremely painful, annoying and frustrating with two sunshine filled days being forecast for the weekend.
It isn't 100% but plenty of icing, use of hot warm wheat bag and my magic gel, HIRUDOID enabled me to finish off the week with an accelerating 8 miler today; a day when I'm sure 99% of runners were up and out to take advantage after so much poor weather of late. 8 miles but it was a great day for more wasn't it?
What a contrast to just 4 days ago. Last Wednesday I ran from the house zigzagging down to the shop in a blizzard. So glad I had remembered to don the SUNWISE "MARATHON" glasses with yellow lens. Ideal for the conditions to stop the eye sting!
It was noon by the time I set off with Pat "in support"; having blown the dust off her bike to keep me company on the canal. In over an hour's running we saw over a hundred walkers, dozens of cyclists but only one runner.......me. As I said perhaps they had all gone out early.
It was another "par" week of 40 miles and included the first track session of the year ( the classic 4 x mile)
with a visit to Manchester's Sports City stadium. A venue buzzing with the excitement of the National Squash Championships for 2013. Championships catering for age groups right up to 75.
For once I didn't have the track to myself. I watched a young lady finish her warm up, strip off and flash around a 250. She then put her kit back on and left. She was "racing at the weekend".
OK for some I thought. I'm coming back as a 400 metre runner!
It's not just my back that's been bothering of late. I "acted on impulse" late one evening a few weeks ago and entered the CONISTON 14. So with that undulating course in mind I've been including more hills into the programme. No real problem but I think the downhill stretches are taking a toll on my old knees. Again having to pack them with the ice packs; which works well.
So what with the weak back and sore knees I think I'm in need to look into some conditioning!
I wish I could say spring has sprung after today but we know it doesn't quite work like that does it? Remember the high temperatures and days of bright sunshine we enjoyed last March?