Since I’ve figured that I won’t be racing anymore this year (thanks knee!) and at the moment I’m unsure whether I’ll even run properly this year, I thought I’d share with you my runs so far this year in between my injuries.
In January I was training for Paris Marathon and on one of my longer runs my right ITB got extremely sore and from then on I battled with that pain on and off for few months.
I still ran a Bath half marathon in March even though it wasn’t my wisest of decisions (when are they ever?). I really wanted to beat George since we had pbs that were few seconds apart (mine was faster ;)) and I really liked Bath half the year before. My ITB was super sore from the start but I somehow finished in 1:39, which I was disappointed with at the time but thinking about it now, I hardly trained the 2 months leading to the race and I was only 2 minutes off my pb. George ran 1:36 something so I still have to beat him.
Two weeks later my ITB wasn’t any better but there was an annual Swansea Trotters 5k event where current and graduated Swansea University students race against each other. The two previous years I’ve been too injured to run and I thought if I’ve managed a half marathon with the pain I can suffer through 5k. I managed 21:06 which ended up being my 5k pb. Very surprised again since I had hardly trained. I was happy with that time but it left me very eager to try and get sub 21 next time.
My ITB got worse and worse and I eventually realised that Paris marathon in April was never going to happen. Everything was booked for me and Minna already but she got an injury too and neither of us could run it. The disappointment was massive since Paris Marathon is meant to be amazing but I think because Minna couldn’t run it either it helped to share the disappointment. We went to Paris and even to the marathon expo and had a great time just minus the little 42 kilometer run.
My ITB slowly got better when I actually let it rest and strengthened my glutes/hips etc.. I started back running in April and entered my first 5 mile race at the start of May; the Cardiff Bay 5 mile. I hadn’t done much longer runs (think longest was 10k up to that point) and the 5 mile race (8k) proved quite difficult. I ran it in 35:27. I hadn’t run a 5 mile race or even 10ks before so didn’t know what to compare it to really so I was pretty happy with that.
Around this time I started getting my left knee pain (which is still an ongoing issue)… But few weeks later I ran my first ever 10k at the women’s running event. I had started my blog by then so I actually have a race recap of that here. It was my first 10k so a guaranteed pb. I ran 44:17 which I was disappointed with timewise as I thought I could do closer to 42-43 minutes but I got a third place so happy overall. And I remember my knee didn’t hurt which was a bonus.
Middle of June I ran my next half marathon, the Swansea one. I did it last year too and had high expectations as I knew it was a great flat course. Also, I thought I was in a lot better shape than for the Bath half in March and was 99% sure I could get a pb. The race recap is here. In summary, it was my worst half marathon ever. It was a warm day, I felt nauseous and dizzy and had to stop twice (first time in a half marathon). My time was 1:44 which I was majorly disappointed with because of my own high expectations. The only positive thing was that my knee held on and didn’t ache.
I wanted to race more so I signed up for a 5k race in Port Talbot in July and was looking to get that sub 21. Unfortunately that didn’t happen as I ran 21:17 on a very windy day (excuses). Race recap here.
Disappointment from the Swansea half left me looking for another half as I was convinced I could run a pb for that distance this year. I ended up doing the Severn Bridge half at the end of August. My knee pain was on and off at this point, it was very sore the week of the half but not during the race. The recap is here. I ran 1:37:38 which was 16 seconds off my pb. If I was disappointed with Swansea half I was definitely disappointed with missing out on a pb by so little. I do have to say that the course was extremely hilly and I had to walk up the steepest hill, plus I started off too fast so my own fault too.
And then it was finally time for the marathon. Gutted for missing out on Paris I decided to opt for a more “local” race in Chester on the 4th of October. My knee pain had made training difficult at times but I felt ready enough to tackle the distance. The race recap is here. It was a pb by 9 minutes and overall a very successful race. My knee hurt at the start but then eased off and I was very grateful I managed to run it. I had a major runner’s high for a long time after the race but my knee decided to have an all time low…
It has been just over a month since the marathon and I’ve tried very gentle running but it still hurts. Yesterday I managed 2 times 5 minute-segments and thought it was getting better only to notice it was worse afterwards. So no more races for this year but plenty planned for next year which I will tell you more about later (after I know I can actually run again).
Overall, I am quite happy with the year despite missing out on Paris and some pbs I still managed few good runs in between the injuries.
Let’s hope next year is faster and more importantly, injury-free!
Have a great week guys!