Those of you who are following my blog will know that my Juneathon efforts had a cause for concern yesterday. I am pleased to report that I managed to get through the day with very little discomfort so after work, and Friday Big Shop, it was time to test the toe.
I pondered whether taping it up would assist but in the end tentatively slipped on my trainers without. It felt ok. Not too bad at all. Perhaps the Nurofen Plus I had taken before Big Shop as a “just in case” was already working.
I set off with one target in mind – to successfully cover 3km without sustaining any further pain, damage or discomfort. I am loving Juneathon and desperately want to complete the 30 days of exercise. But not at all costs.
My bigger challenge is the 800 kilometres of running I am trying to cover this year to raise money for Maggie’s Centres – the distance between the proposed centres in Oxford and Aberdeen. I also have a couple of personal goals along the way. In two weeks I have the Thame 10k in which some friendly rivalry requires me to “hold my own” with members of The Wife’s family – I’m not going to beat the younger members who clocked sub-50 times last year but I’ve maybe got a chance with The Wife’s cousin Steve, just maybe ;-). I then have the British 10k in London in July, my fourth time round the fabulous course, which is a real chance for a PB.
So as you can see I had a lot on mind as I set out. I purposely chose to run in a compeltely different direction to my normal 3k lap I use for speedwork and set off at a moderate 6min/km pace. Surprisingly the toe felt ok but I was very conscious that I was tense (and had obviously been tensely holding my whole leg all day). Gradually I managed to relax and had a pleasant bimble around the centre of town.
After a super quick shower I logged and have now blogged so The Wife and I are off out for a curry to celebrate. The toe test was a success so it’s full steam ahead with Juneathon!