Ok so the thing with me is I don’t always take my advice.
I would advise anyone that doesn’t know much about running that you should only increase your weekly mileage by a maximum of 10% and also when running over say 10k to drink water – today I did neither of these! I ran 18k on a warm morning and didn’t drink an ounce of water whilst running – I did take a few carb sweet things – does that count?? I didn’t want to drink water as I didn’t know the area and it was quite residential and I don’t think the residents of Sinnamon Park or Jindalee would appreciate my peeing on their front lawns!
My maximum mileage recently in any one run has been around 8-9k but the girls I run with today were running 19k, so the plan was that I would run with them for a short while and then drop off and turn back. I decided however that I wanted to see if I still had the will to push on when tired and legs hurting which should do me some good for my 8k race coming up…. so I carried on rather than turning back. The result was I started getting a bit of pain around the hip flexor area and had to walk a little bit then run then walk.
I got to Mount Ommaney (as today we were running around Jindalee ) and switched my iPhone GPS on and guided myself back to where we started and I ended up doing 18k by the end of it with a good average HR of around 160, and the girls who went on to do 20k came in just before me. So I was pleased considering a I havent run that distance for a while and I had to walk a bit – but I am paying for it now! I got in and walked the dog for a couple of kilometres, had a nap and went shopping – great day….
….and now I intend to rest…..until Monday when it all starts again!