Monday 5 miles 0:45: Slow local run after bigger week last week
Tuesday 14 miles 2:45: Recce of Hollingbourne to Wye - The last 14 miles of the 2012 NDW100 course before meeting with local parish to agree on a finishing point.
Wednesday off: Rested shin
Thursday 14 miles 1:54 : Felt no pain so pushed the pace a little more around my now regular 14 mile loop. Having a regular run where I can monitor my splits is really paying off. No significant pain and averaged just over 8 minute miles. Awful compared to a year ago but a significant improvement on where I'm coming from.
Friday 4 miles 0:32: Got my Hoka One One Bondi Bs from Ian Corless and tested them out a little with Lisa, who has entered her first half marathon for December. Excitement.
Saturday 4.5 miles 0:37: Short local loop as shin sore.
Sunday 21 miles 3:12: Easy warm up for a few miles with Lisa and then out on to the 14 mile loop again. Died after 7/ 8 miles of the loop (15 total) and had to put back three Gu Gels before I could resume running. Awful awful run, my first longer one in the Hokas which were great. Definitely cushioning my shin better although I hate the huge sole dragging on ground where I have been used to NB minimus with almost no drop recently. These things are going to take a long time to get used too, I can't see myself wearing them on shorter runs but anything 14 and up and the benefits of extra cushion on a sorry shin are going to pay dividends.
Total 62.5 miles 9:55(+5000ft)
Overall it was a pretty poor week of running apart from a good loop on Thursday. It felt pretty easy to keep an 8 minute pace despite hills and quite a few miles in my legs from increased mileage.
One stat that really stands out is how my running mileage for the year breaks down ignoring the only races I have done this year which all happened to be 100 milers. Scary reading....
1/1 - 1/2: 216 miles. Injured for much of it in the run up to RR100.
6/2 - 18/9: 160 miles (so in 7.5 months I ran 160 miles in training and 257 miles in 3 races)
Last 2 weeks: 145 miles
I might be tempting fate here, but I think I am turning a corner away from these persistent shin issues. The Hokas, running 99% of the time on trails and a more sensible approach with loads of icing and physio is going to come good. I have a ton of 'races' coming up but plan to 'race' precisely none of them. Each will be an exercise in getting a longer weekend run in, all are local between marathon and 50km and I am just looking forward to getting back out and socialising a little more. The only racing I've done since last July has been: Badwater, CC100, Gatliff 50km (which I ended up running alone), C2C45 (very good and enjoyable run with loads of great people), RR100, WS100, V100 and LT100. Too many crazy 100 milers and not enough trotting around having a good old chat. I love both but I'm looking forward to giving the former a break for a while.