After a couple of weeks of low key running and my new found stretches, rather than run my regular 13 miles into work last Friday I thought I'd be sensible and drive within 5 miles of the office, run in and then run back to the car later. The run to work was OK'ish but the run back was painful and I finally admitted defeat and have now resigned myself to a couple of weeks rest and stretching.
It's frustrating, last summer I spent out with a busted ankle and now this! It seems like I'm falling apart!
I've not felt 100% in my running for a long time now. The last time I felt really good and strong was when I ran the London marathon back in 2012. I think the years are catching up with me. I'm starting to feel old! I think my biomechanics are useless, by back hurts, neck gets stiff and shoulder aches. I feel like I need to be put on one of those medieval stretching devices they used to torture people with. It would stretch out all my knots and aches in my body.
I need to spend this down time from running sorting my body out, don't laugh but I think I'd benefit from some Yoga! I need to rustle up the motivation and spend half an hour a day working on all these aches and pains.
I'd like to think I've still got some good years running ahead of me or maybe I peaked back in 2012. I'm a day shy of my 43rd birthday...jeez that's the first time I've seen that number written down...that's old isn't it? The trouble is the older I get the harder it seems to get over these hurdles. Rather than stretching I'd rather be enjoying a glass of Rioja watching the football! I've not lost my motivation to run, I still love it, but I only love it when things feel good. The harder it is to overcome these injuries the harder it is to enjoy pain free running.
I'll be back, this post is all about allowing myself to feel sorry for myself, but what I need to do is dust myself down, and concentrate on getting my body in some sort of order to enjoy running again.
As I'm writing this post, I've just remembered that I have my Ryan Giggs yoga video somewhere. I did a review of this on a previous post, it was actually quite good, maybe I will give that another go. Now Ryan Giggs is professional footballer (soccer for you American readers!) who has totally looked after himself and is only a couple of years younger than me and he's still playing at the highest level.
Well I'm going to enjoy my last day of being 42 and make plans to be a fitter and stronger 43 year old runner.