That milestone of running 30 consecutive days of 10 km has now come and gone. My girls got quite excited with my achievement and of course any excuse for balloons. Fortunately there were enough left over the following night when Dad returned home from his 31st run. On his 32nd with the cupboards now bare, there were no balloons, no high fives and shouts of “you’re almost there’ and “you’re crazy”.
As I post this my streak now sits at 34. To change things up and keep it all interesting I’ve replaced those 10 km day in day out distances with alternating 5 km (tempo) and 15 km (easy). Weekly mileage will now range between 65 and 75 km. Why then did I not stop at that target of 30? Well it’s complicated …
When I look back 34 days ago that nasty groin of mine wouldn’t allow a comfortable run of more than 10 km. That really triggered the ‘streak’. I had to address the groin which wasn’t getting any better. The 10 km streak would provide the repetition without any of the stress associated with distance running. This along with daily stretching and strength work at home should solve what had become an all-consuming worry.
I’m happy to report that there is some good news. We runners are after all, by nature, ever the optimists. My groin used to get irritated at 8 K. Today I can mark a lesser discomfort at around 12 K. I’m fitter than I ever have been and runs feel less like a chore. That said, there is no disguising that for now at least the groin / psoas issue remains and is a work in progress. And so the streak will continue … I hope I’m doing the right thing.
Funny though, when running tempo I get little to no discomfort … buggered if I know why.