Return from the dark side…

Over the last 3 weeks I have severely dropped my weekly mileage due to the calf strain I suffered during a club hill repeats session. Well, slowly but surely I have been getting back with the help of my foam roller and awesome physio. This week I was finally able to get out there and run pain free, although my legs took a few 10k runs to acclimatise again to the plod! That said, I feel the next few weeks will be nothing more than a plod; easy, slow, plodding miles – at least until I can get my aerobic base close to what it was!

The week started off as I returned from a short break to Berlin. Since I had the Monday off work, I flew up the road from Dublin airport, got on my running gear, and headed straight to Divis mountain. I was bursting at the seems, having not seen a mountain or trail in 3 weeks. The last time in fact, was a failed run in the Mourne Mountains, which I had to cut short due to the calf niggle! The run went O… K..! It could have been better! My legs were tight, although they weren’t helped by the 6 hour 3rd Reich walking tour the previous day in Berlin! Still, my calf muscles behaved themselves, and that was the main thing. The plan for the following days… foam roll and another sport massage. I’m nearly back!

Belfast and beyond!

Belfast and beyond!

Tomorrow will see my return to the Mourne Mountains, as myself and a friend will take on the Mourne Way once again. Starting in Donard Forest Park, and heading to Leitrim Lodge were we will have a second car parked. At a guess that’ll be 35Km. A worthy long trail run on recovering legs in my opinion! Stay tuned!

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