It has now been one month since I ran the Munich marathon. A lot has happened since then and it certainly feels like more than a month ago. I have had some issues with motivation to continue running as regularly but it is still in their somewhere. I would like to improve on my times. What has made it difficult is that leaving Munich coincided with finishing the marathon and the village I reside in at present does not really have any interesting places to run. If I could still get up and run along the river isar or in the Englischer Garten I am sure that I would do it this second. I need an interesting run with minimal repetition. I am not someone who can run around a 2km track 5 times everytime I go running. I need a 10km loop. This would mean running a lot up hill and on roads around these parts …
I do not want to lose too much of my fitness, I would rather keep my recent level ticking over across the winter and then push on further as the weather improves. I have had quite a lot of trouble I suspect with my achilles tendon in my right foot so I have tried to be careful with that. I was feeling it after every run. My fitness was at its best about a week before the half marathon as I ran a 10km PB at 43 minutes and 6 seconds and then a 20km PB at 88 minutes and 28 seconds. I then caught a bit of the flu at the worst possible time, days before the half marathon and ran the 21.28km in 94 minutes and 35 seconds (would still have been waaaay over 90 minutes without the flu !!).
For the remainder of October I only really had 4 more runs at about 90% effort, each 3.8km in about 16 and a half minutes. Then on the 4th November I ran 10km in 45 minutes and 38 seconds. This is more than a week ago and I have not ran since. However, strangely, the 10km run was the first time for ages that I have had no reaction in my heel from running. I have been stretching my calves a lot more in the hope that it may lessen the problem, the jury is still out about whether this is a long term solution …I would like to run 10km later tonight, if I can go under 45 minutes and have no reaction in my heel it would be amazing – but I would not bet on either.
I was thinking about different goals and different types of running and if I should in the future try to run a full marathon. The problem for me is that I see a trade off between distance and pace and I am just naturally more interested in pace. I would rather run 10km very quickly, than 20km not as quick. Also I am not very good at holding myself back. If I am running 21km at 13.5km/h maybe I could complete a full marathon if I lowered my pace to 10km/h. I am not sure if this is in my DNA, I would have to run the whole thing flat out which somehow would not work well, it seems that you can try to run as far as is possible or as fast as is possible and maybe if I ran at 5km/h I could with the right conditioning run further than marathon distance – I have no idea, but it does not seem to be as interesting a challenge to me than improving my times over shorter distances.