Come back to what you know

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Week 14, Day 2

Well, if nothing else, that taught me something tonight. Something I already knew I knew but over which I had a little niggling doubt.

Is maranoia beginning to set in?

I had done 100% of my training to date wearing my Skin 360 tights, mainly because they kept me warm during the winter months but also because they were comfortable, provided some compression to help with the fluid in my legs and allowed me to wear my Twin Skin socks alongside them.

However, I had done last year’s marathon wearing my knee length compression socks so I wondered if I should use them again this year. I know you’re not supposed to try anything new in the last few weeks before a big race but these weren’t new to me, I just hadn’t worn them for a while.

Putting them on was a battle. I knew they were tight, but I had forgotten just how tight. Anyway, after rolling around on my bed pulling all sorts of ungainly shapes, I managed to squeeze myself into them. Bloody hell, they *were* really tight.

But, I thought, that’ll ease as I settle into them. So, after doing my customary five minute warm-up walk, I set off on my run. I had only intended to do a slow 5k anyway, I hadn’t run since Monday and my first run back after a break like that is always difficult. I wasn’t expecting much.

Which is just as well because I didn’t get much. The socks felt really tight on my calves, uncomfortably tight in fact, and right from the beginning my legs burned up. I always suffer at the start, I expect it and I’m used to it, but this was something else.

I decided to perservere. Surely this was still part of the ‘getting used to them’ phase. But it wasn’t. The pain didn’t ease, each step was a challenge. I stopped to see if adjusting the socks would help and looking down at my legs it was very noticeable that they were nipping in at my ankles, almost as if they were trapping the fluid. Not good. They were also far too tight to easily adjust, but I did what I could and carried on.

Admittedly, things did get easier but my legs still hurt throughout. Not my calves, or ankles, or toes etc., just that general burning sensation.

As a result, it was my slowest 5k for quite some time. Normally I’d beat myself up over this but not this time. The run served a purpose in deciding what I’d wear in London, and also getting my legs going again after a few days off, so I’m viewing it as a positive.

Next up is the Titanic Quarter 10k on Sunday, my last chance for event experience before the big day.

If you’ve enjoyed following my progress so far could I be so bold as to ask you if you’d consider making a donation to my chosen London Marathon charity this year – Asthma UK? No amount is too small, and all donations are received with such heartfelt thanks. My fundraising page can be found here. Thank-you so much.

London Marathon Training (235 miles – 45 runs)
Week 1 – 12.2 miles (4 runs; average 3.1 miles per run)
Week 2 – 9.3 miles (2 runs; average 4.7 miles per run)
Week 3 – 17.7 miles (4 runs; average 4.4 miles per run)
Week 4 – 18.8 miles (4 runs; average 4.7 miles per run)
Week 5 – 14.9 miles (4 runs; average 3.7 miles per run)
Week 6 – 18.7 miles (4 runs; average 4.7 miles per run)
Week 7 – 20.3 miles (4 runs; average 5.1 miles per run)
Week 8 – 23.7 miles (4 runs; average 5.9 miles per run)
Week 9 – 18 miles (3 runs; average 6 miles per run)
Week 10 – 21.9 miles (3 runs; average 7.3 miles per run)
Week 11 – 24.6 miles (4 runs; average 6.2 miles per run)
Week 12 – 3.1 miles (1 run; average 3.1 miles per run)
Week 13 – 28.2 miles (3 runs; average 9.4 miles per run)
Week 14 – 5.5 miles (2 runs; average 2.75 miles per run)

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