Rouken Glen 10k in doubt

Yesterday I went out for a run at lunchtime.  I decided to do one final slightly faster run before the Rouken Glen 10k.  So the plan for the 6mile run was an easy mile to warm up, 2 faster miles (around 7min per mile), an easy mile then 2 faster miles to finish.

I was feeling good for the first faster two miles averaging 7.02mins per mile.  After an easy mile I was well into my second faster 2 miles when with a mile to go my left calf became really sore.

I immediately slowed down and then walked (having stopped my watch first!).  It was okay walking but as soon as I tried to put any pressure on it I could feel it. It is really frustrating as I’ve a good run with no injuries or niggles.

Maybe I tried to run a bit too quickly too soon after the Hardmoors 110.  Hopefully it is nothing too serious.  It does feel a lot easier today so I’ve not written off running on Thursday but I will only run if there is no pain at all.

There is no advantage in running if it is sore and likely to cause more damage.  I was thinking of having a few weeks of faster running and setting myself a time trial …. probably  on my Gleniffer Braes route but if I have to have a couple of weeks of no running then this is the perfect time to do it.

Today I went along to Hampden Sports Clinic to have a session with Mhairi Friel who had contacted me through Alan C at Kilbarchan. Mhairi wrote …

 I am looking for feet to work my new skills on.  The participants would need to attend 2 x 15 minutes per week for the first 3 weeks and then 1 appointment per week for a following 3 weeks.  It’s a specific foot mobilisation technique and once mastered I expect to be able to treat patients with this technique and reduce foot orthotic dependency.

The first session today was very interesting.  Mhairi was quite interested in my bunion and spent time trying to manipulate it to give me a bit more movement. She explained how the foot bones all work together and the key to the technique is to try and realign the bones back to where they should be.

Mhairi reckons that my feet are quite stiff but in good enough condition! It will be interesting to see what effect the treatment has.

Mhairi is interested in practising on more ultra runners so if you are interested let me know and I’ll pass on her contact details.  You will need to be able to get to Hampden twice a week for the first 3 weeks and then once a week for 3 weeks.

The highlight of yesterday was Emma and Yonas arriving from Indonesia for a couple of months. It’s great to have them home!

Emma and Yonas

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