2013 running diary – 250 of 500 kilometres

Starting with the good news, I reached the halfway point of the “500 kilometres in one year” challenge. It’s quite a big achievement for me to have reached the middle mark, especially considering the slow start to the year I had! The gap between actual and target is also very heartening.

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The bad news is that running at the moment is a complete nightmare. There’s a big leap in that chart where I completed a 10k. It felt okay at the time, although I was a bit tired afterwards and needed an extra day or two to get back in my running shoes.

However, even when I pushed myself to run 5k again, it’s just a struggle from start to finish. There’s a bit of a niggle in my right leg, but it’s not pain that’s making it hard. It feels as though there’s absolutely nothing to come from my legs, no matter how motivated I am. I can be breathing easily, swinging my arms, leaning forward, totally ready to zip forward, but the legs just won’t co-operate.

I’ve tried all kinds of things too, extra rest days, just pushing on through, extra stretching, stocking up on some energy or the opposite, nothing is working. I rewarded myself with new trainers when I reached the halfway point, and I was convinced that they would turn things around. However the run I did yesterday (counted in June’s numbers) was worse than ever. It’s been two weeks and going out again fills me with dread.

I don’t know what to do about it, other than keep plugging away and hope something changes for the better.

Meanwhile, I have to focus on the fact that I’m halfway through, with a month in hand. It could be worse, I guess.