I read a post recently from someone who had a soft tissue injury. They were ruling themselves out of all running activity for the rest of the year.

Soft tissue injuries are annoying, but they are short time injuries if treated properly.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty frustrating for me. After running the half marathon in Longford  I needed to let my blister heal properly – two days later,  I went back to my old runners and managed to run without any pain. It was good to be out on the road.

Blog 11052016Just when I thought I had turned the corner!  My left calf started to get a bit tight, so I rested up as much as I could with plenty of ice, stretching and anything else I could think of.

I was afraid to test it out for a few reasons. I didn’t want to do any serious damage to it and my end of year exams are coming up and I didn’t really want to be limping around the place.

A decision was required!  Was I going to fight my fear or was I going to give up on my plans for the year?

I had missed one race in Cork because of the injury, but I did manage to do a bit of chopping and changing and enter a few races to keep my plan for May intact.

I decided to go for a run on Sunday evening to see what I was capable of doing. The weather was pretty humid but other than that I managed 3.5 miles with no real pain.

I have been trying to incorporate more resistance work in to my training to help my glutes, quads and calves. I need to look at this aspect of my training a bit more.

Last night I had a leg and back massage and my legs seem to be 100% for the first time in  a while.

I’ve just hit the 550 mile mark in my 2,016 mile challenge. I’m going to start focusing on this challenge a bit more over the next coming weeks. I have some interesting running events coming up and I’m also looking to raise some money for “Hand in Hand”.

I’m holding some outdoor bootcamps and couch to 5km classes on Monday,Wednesday and Thursday at 7.00 p.m. Contact me to take part