Posted: 08/04/2011 at 21:58
Interested to hear that some of you were struggling for a while after HM particularly those around the half-century in years (ouch!) as I am unfortunately closing in on that milestone. I am still struggling 3 weeks after getting a PB of 2:01 at Reading (only previous HM last March Forest of Dean at 2:15)!
I've been running on and off for fitness for more years than I care to remember and entered the odd race in last year or so. I run on average 2 or 3 times a week, 2 runs of up to 5 miles each and one longer usually between 5 and 10 miles. Can hardly be accused of overdoing things since running the HM but am finding I have little energy and the first mile or so gait feels really awkward and can hardly put one foot in front of the other until I get a bit of rhythm going. Although not trying to beat the clock the five miler is taking up to 2 mins longer than I was doing. I'm resting well between training runs and eating/drinking pretty healthily as normal so am well hydrated. I realise this week has been warmer but would have expected to be back to normal by now.
I'm doing the Oxford Town & Gown in May and was going to enter Tewkesbury HM a week later so now think I'm pushing my luck a bit but surely recovery from a 10K will be quicker than this?