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Lakeland 50 here I come

Lakeland 50 here I come

It has been a while since I posted so thought I would share a little update.

Whilst I would love to say it is good news I am reporting, alas, that it not the case. The next post was supposed to detail how I fared in the Great North Run in early September but I was forced to defer my entry due to injury. As I have alluded to previously, I have suffered from achilles tendinitis on and off for a number of years but this year it flared up really badly in the weeks before the race. For once I made a sensible decision and opted against struggling round the course. Whilst parkrunning a few weeks previous it flared up to the point where I couldn’t run and even after a good chunk of rest it didn’t clear up. For good measure I then found myself with a pain in the same area but this time in the heel which Dr Google tells me is Bursitis. More rest required.

I have tried to keep active where possible whilst icing my ankle and calf as much as possible. It feels like its getting better slowly but I am wary of going back too soon and suffering a set back.

My upset at missing the Great North Run has been offset a little with my (perverse) joy at securing a place for the Montane Lakeland 50 in July 2019. For those who don’t know, it is a 50 mile Ultra Marathon in the Lake District from the top of Ullswater to Conniston via Ambleside. I am planning to walk it rather than run which will mean it will be very close to the 24 hour cut off.

I am really looking forward to this and once again am affirming my love of walking over running. I am hoping to link my training to the 1000 miles in a year challenge set out in Country Walking magazine. It works out at 83.33 miles per month, 19.23 miles per week and 2.73 miles per day. That is doable right?

The scales haven’t moved much of late and I am pretty miserable with back pain just for good measure. The Doc and the Physic both said to keep active, and with the Lakeland 50 and 1000 mile challenge I should be able to heed their advice.

Fresh start number 539, here I come…



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