Goodwood, and not running

Wed – Interval Treadmill
Thur – 70min turbo, 30min row (1x10min, 10x1min, 10x30sec, 5min easy)
Fri – restt
Sat – 3k swim, 40min turbo
Sun – 3hr ride

I spent Saturday standing in the midst of the Goodwood cross country race excitment with pen and paper in hand and no trainers on my feet.

Race one of the cross country league was well and truly in swing, and I had planned to go as an Argus reporter and run. However, a nagging twang in the ankle region put pay to that. I considered racing anyway but quickly reminded myself that when walking is painful, running is stupid.

I imagined the event would be absolute hell. However, it turned out to be quite enjoyable. Ruling out the (very) cold northerly wind that blustered accross the open field all day.

I was mainly there to interview the younger racers as they finished, and what I found was really very eye opening. The determination and devotion these kids have is quite immense. I spoke to one coach who off-handedly mentioned his prodigy had swum 4k that morning – the kid still won.

I can’t help but wonder who is the driving force in these situations – parent/coach or child? Regardless, it yields amazing results, and I suppose in a few years time they will make the decision themselves as to the lifestyle they will choose.

For myself, i’m just proud I didn’t run. The ankle has been playing up on and off for the past few weeks, sore after runs, fine a day later and the such. It now feels almost 100% back to normal. However, i’ve decdied that this pain-rest-run-pain pattern is a bit of a warning signal.

So – this week is to be an absolutely NO RUNNING week. Regardless how much better than ankles seems to be or how readly I feel to run. I have purchased a weekly swim pass, which means I can swim as many times as I want untill it runs out. Therefore, my usual ‘swimming is more expensive than running’ excuse has been exhausted.

My absolute goal this season is to get a decent 10k time. Nov (21st? I think) is Brookes 10k – it’s on the seafront – fast and flat. This is the ‘A’ race. Though training will obviously be the best way to get faster, getting injured will be the best way to not race at all.

Let the no running week commence.

Published by michellearthurs

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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