Looking around at some of the MK marathon training blogs it does appear that I'm not alone in struggling a wee bit with positivity. Reassuring I think! Perhaps its the weather and that time of year? However I am happy to report today that the pain in the shins does not appear any worse, despite reading all about injuries last night in Mens Running mag. With the Great Bentley Half coming up at the weekend I've decided to hold back on harder running for this week and save it all for then. My bike might make a rare appearance one or two lunchtimes for a bit of open air cross training to get the heart rate up a little. The primary reason for any heart rate will probably be caused by me forgetting to un-cleat in front of work colleagues rather than any physical effort.
The MR article about injuries (but mostly cross training) also made me think about how little I stretch at any point during the day let alone after running so I've set myself a New February resolution. To stretch properly after running and do a few other stretchy things in the evenings instead of sprawling out on the sofa. I hope with those precautions I can avoid to much in the way of serious niggles or full blown injuries.
In other news - I got my number for the Essex 20 (Mile) road race today and another run to look forward to. Entering an event with a cheque and SAE also gave me a lovely warm fussy retro feeling a bit like drinking Ginger Wine at Christmas. Attempting a 20 mile road race is not something I've done before and will be a real benchmark for MK. It's a month and a bit away at the mo so I have plenty of time to decide on my approach. We'll see how this weekend goes before I foolishly commit myself to attempting to run a particular time or pace. If nothing else I cant fail to PB on the 20!