Six weeks to go and struggling

Last time I wrote everything was going well.  I had just finished the best week of training I’d done in several years and was feeling good about my self and my prospects at the Great North Run.  Since then its been downhill and I really feel like I’m struggling at the moment.  I’m hoping that by logging this in this blog it might help me turn things back around again.

I’ve had bad weeks before and got through them but this is a particularly nasty feeling one.  I’ve had quite a tired and tight left calf for the last week or so and that was the start of my problems.  Now however I fear I’m getting trapped in a psychological rut as well and far from completing 6-7 mile runs without issue I’ve been struggling doing just a couple.

So how do I get out of this rut?  Well any suggestions greatfully accepted.  I think I’m going to try and spend this weekend healthily relaxing.  Last weekend was great fun but consisted of a wedding, a fair bit of booze, quite a bit of food (German sausages!) and 900 miles of driving – with a hell of a lot of sitting in the car.  None of that was probably helpful.

I’m also going to make sure that I do plenty of stretches on the calves over the next couple of days to try and ease them off.  I might just try and get on the bike a bit as well; I’ve not done much cycling the last couple of weeks and doing a few miles might just be a good way to get some fitness work without worrying those troublesome calves in quite the same way as running.

Fingers crossed that leave me ready for another good burst next week.  Fingers crossed!

Tell you what also might help. Having some more lovely people sponsoring me.  Nothing like knowing that there is a good pot of cash waiting for a good cause (Hastings Lifeboat) at the end of my efforts!

Many thanks!