I haven't posted for ages because I haven't been doing any running. My injury just kept on flaring up all the time, so I decided to have more time off and go back to the physio to see if he thought there was something else going on.
I was very disappointed as my son had bought me an air ticket and accommodation to Queenstown, and had told me to enter either the half or the marathon. I chose the half but that was ages ago. I thought the chances of being able to complete it were very slim.
The physio said he thought I had a very weak hamstring and that was causing all the pain around my knee/leg after any run. I told him about the half marathon and he gave me the green light, but told me after the run, when I was recovered to run one day, exercises the next day and rest the day after and do that for a few weeks and see how I went.
I was pretty scared going into this event, but it was a trip away with my husband and our son, so I was hoping it wasn't going to hurt too much.
It is a beautiful destination and the course lovely - mostly off-road, but after 5km at the top of a hill I started to dry heave. That will happen if you haven't been doing any running! I decided to back off and when I came to a very big hill on the course, I walked it, and the kms started to tick off. I got to 20km and thought even thought this is going to be my slowest half marathon, I had to be happy. But then there was a hill right in the town, before a steep downhill to the finish. I thought I can't walk up that with everyone watching, so I ran up it and then starting vomiting all the blue power aid that I had been drinking on the course. It looked like a fountain! I felt terrible and thought I just have to get down that hill to the finish! I did make it - 2 hr 10 min 57 sec. My legs then started cramping really badly. You'd have thought I had run a marathon!
John Bateman - great to be on the wrong side of 21 minutes! I wish!!
I've been out in the garden more than I have been running. I've been water blasting another fence and painting it, ordered a 9m skip and have been filling it with all sorts of garden waste. Wish we didn't have such a big section.
I did run 10km on Wednesday, I am feeling tired, so thinking what can I do that is easy.