Anyone that knows me in person, and anyone who happened to be within a 50 foot radius of me at the gym last night, will be aware that I hit a recovery milestone: my first 10k since I was injured. No, it wasn’t fast, and yes, it was on a treadmill, but it happened, and my knee didn’t crap out on me.
The fact that a 10k is no longer a distant hope is, for me, akin to being solicited by Leonardo DiCaprio (dressed as a dapper Jay Gatsby, and having recently decided he no longer gets a thrill out of banging Victoria’s Secret models), and being whisked away to live out the remainder of our days on a tropical island with people serving us cold beer and grilled halloumi every day. Sorry Ian.
As much as this thrills me, I am keen to practice some self-restraint (not of the Michael Hutchence – rest in sexy peace – variety). I know that the only reason I am able to run that kind of distance is because I backed off of running entirely (for much longer than I thought I would have to), and I have been sensibly building back mileage s-l-o-w-l-y. I’ve swapped over from logging all of my workouts on dailymile to fetcheveryone, and the dork inside me loves being able to analyze all of the graphs and statistics and stuff that is available, even though it is child’s play compared to Dan and his training log that is verging on obsessive. Making sure I log all of my workouts means that it is clear when I am doing too little (never) or too much (almost always). For the moment at least, my running is in check:
I can also peruse my training log, specifying a time frame if I like – so that’s neat.
What perhaps appeals to me the most, however, is the fact that you can compare yourself to everyone else who logs their training on the site by checking out where you stand in the ‘League’. Obviously, I am opting to show you the swim league since my lack of running has me placed embarrassingly far behind. And yes, that is 63+ miles I have done of swimming in a pool.
Hopefully I can now start climbing back up the running league slowly. A month ago I honestly didn’t think that I would be anywhere near a 10k because I had pretty much lost hope with running, and the boredom of swimming lengths in a pool was getting very, very close to driving me to a state that looks pretty similar to this:
Thankfully that isn’t the case, so I’ll just keep plugging away at training and see how I go. To everyone I ever eye-rolled when they mentioned online how ITB syndrome was stopping them from running, I apologize. I am now a believer.