As many of you would have read on my previous post it has been a dreadful week on the IBS front 🙄 with 20 miles on the spreadsheet for this weekend I have to admit I had my doubts. I thought it would be nice to take on some of the Saltmash route to replicate part of the day, so the plan was to park up in Goldhanger and then do the sea wall to Tollesbury where I would have a stop off and then run / walk back to the car. It was my first lone long run in some time and I was worried about getting bored but took my music with me and thought it would actually be good to switch off and just run.
After parking up by the church I finally found my way to the sea wall, this was more difficult than it should have been and I unnecessarily did a loop of the field 🤦🏻♀️ but its always good to warm up the legs before getting going isn’t it…. The first 5 miles were great – I was loving it 😁 running along the sea wall with the sun shining and a nice breeze. There was hardly anyone around and I could just list to my music and run. I spotted some great wildlife including a heron, some sheeps and some cows. At about mile 6 I started to miss my running buddies, although there were a few more dog walkers about to say hey to and only 4 miles to go until I hit Tollesbury for a stop. I started to think about how great it’ll be at the event to meet family and friends at the checkpoints along the way, it made me smile and I know on the day that’ll keep me going. Then, my knee started to niggle which was a real worry for me – the third time I have felt it when going along the sea wall. Quite a concern bearing in mind the whole of Saltmarsh75 runs along the sea wall 😬 I decided to bring the walk / run strategy forward and adopted this until I reached Tollesbury. By the time I got there the knee wasn’t feeling good, I stopped off by the salt pool and had a good stretch (this attracted quite a few funny looks from walkers and I am not really sure why…🤷🏻♀️) before turning round and heading back towards Goldhanger.
I started off with a quick walk and planned to do a run / walk all the way back which I thought would be great training for the event, within the first mile I spotted a dog in a pram which really got me chuckling 😂 (again this got me some funny looks) and I had to stop and take a pic.
About half a mile in I thought I would do a little run, only the minute I started my knee gave me grief – the stretching obviously didn’t sort it out for me. I made the decision right then to just walk my way back to Goldhanger, if the seawall is going to give me issues then it looks as though I will be walking a lot of Saltmarsh and therefore it can only be good training to get some walking miles in the legs. It was tough. Walking is slow. It gets boring. It takes longer to get where you want. My legs ached in different places. But, I did get to take more of the route in – which in all honesty started to look the same. I started to get used to my own company again at about the 3rd mile although there was still a long way to go, I had a little chat with some sheep 🐑 and took some pictures of the views. Justin Timberlake got me through a few miles with a little jiggle and sing along (there really was hardly anyone about 😂), and then there were the styles to climb. Ouch. The change of movement was a little uncomfortable and then the steps, well I certainly felt them on the knee…. I could see the Church! It was still a way off, but it was in my sights. “Battery Low” bursts through my headphones – please don’t let me down now 🤦🏻♀️ There was about 1.5miles until I reached the field to get me back to the church and I needed my music to get me through. I’m telling you, that was a long 1.5 miles – I just kept looking up at the church and continued to put one leg in front of the other and then, what felt like hours later, I was relieved to be back in my car!
So, I did manage to get the GoPro recording this week but I just can’t put you through it. The footage is terrible it made me feel sick watching it back 😂 I definitely think the time lapse pictures work better than a video recording but it needs more work……. leave it with me!
- I prefer running with others, but sometimes I think it does me good to run alone.
- I prefer running to walking, this isn’t always possible so I think it’s important I add some more walking into my training.
- My music playlist needs looking at.
- I love nature and being outside (in the sunshine).
- I need to add more stretching and strengthening into my weekly routine.
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