My running world so up and down at the moment, I seem to get tired and give up the fight quite often. I was doing well in the face of the knee setback in late May but lost it when I needed to hit work deadlines and travel to London to work for a few days. I would really have liked to have done better when things got tougher, found the time to get a stretching/massage session in before and after London and been a bit more moderate (or dedicated even) in terms of diet. It's disappointing because 650 days in and I'm supposed to be managing these things, not making the same mistakes.
Ran around an ORingen training area on the Saturday and felt pretty poo, however when the actual competition began 2 days later I felt much better and in every department too - it seemed like the knee might have even let me run all stages. Normal service resumed however with a significant twist on my right ankle between controls 2 and 3. Just myself to blame, too heavy and lower legs too weak (no lower leg drills for a month, can't remember the last time I did any proprioception exercises).
In typical John fashion I refused to let an injured ankle stop me and finished the race and with the ankle heavily strapped did stage 2 as well - just make it through to the rest day and everything will be fine! Unfortunately towards the end of the course in an attempt to save my right ankle from more damage I landed heavily on my left heel and sent a shockwave through the knee which it really didn't like. The rest day wasn't enough to recover from this and I managed only 10-15 mins of stage 3 before walking back to the finish.
Just about got through the stage 4 middle and that was that, 3 stages of H21 completed which was my goal from the start. Stage 5 I approached with more caution and about half-way I decided that my right ankle had done enough and walked back from there.
It's a bit difficult now with the combo of a feeling of momentum lost and the operation to remove the tension band coming up in 5 weeks time but I'm trying to carry on regardless, thinking that I should stay in shape or even improve things ready to chill out after the op and let the wound heal.
So jumped at the chance to run with Söders today and do some long distance training, assumed that the pace would be chilled enough for my left-side problems which have been gradually getting worse since I gave up stretching a month ago. It was tough, the left groin and glute started suffering after 90mins and then near the end we ran through a wasp nest and I got stung several times and lost my glasses in the process, nice.