This week was the final week before I ran the Richmond Half Marathon. So what did I do?
Usually I like to do some light running the week before a race. Maybe a 3 or 4 miler at a nice easy pace, sometimes a quick 10 minute jog around the block the day before. However, this time round I did no running whatsoever!
As the week before I was still getting some pain in my knee I decided to do no running and just rest it. Instead I did a few yoga sessions to stretch everything out and a strength session. It felt all wrong not to be running! But i just didn’t want to risk it.
The day before the half marathon I woke up with a really tight right calf which I think was probably caused by cramp in the night. Not a great sign but I kept telling myself it would pass. And it did. No cramp or tightness on Sunday morning, phew!
I’m not going to say much about the race itself, I’ll save that for my race review later this week. What I will say is that I ran it without my knee or foot troubling me with any pain (apart from the final mile where my knees were just asking me to stop running!). I am now confident that I can begin increasing my training load without causing any issues. Hoorah!
In coaching news I’m happy to be working with my first runner from Botswana – Shathiso from The Gaborone Runner. She is a new runner who has set herself the target of running 17 races in 2017. Do have a look at her blog and read about all the races she runs this year.
How was your week running? Did you do any races?