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by Val Baxter

April 20, 2014

Is there life after London?…

Well, I have done it all now. I have run X-country, run on the track, done fell running, road racing all distances and even joined in the increasingly popular parkruns. Now I have completed my first marathon so what do I have to stretch me now??

I observed  the Good Friday relays yesterday, watching makes you want to get back into your racers. Today, I have marshaled the Saltwell parkrun, and afterwards the temptation was too great, and I have been out and jogged 4 miles. I wrote in my marathon blog the importance of knowing the difference between rest and recovery. I am doing both, rested loads, but as recovery is concerned, I have had a massage to help the recovery, and my 4 miles was what I would consider a sedentary pace designed to help repair/recondition the muscles.

I have  the Blaydon races to look forward to and am going to get my name in for Redcar half (discounted entry until the end of August, cheaper again before end of April), I believe there are a few running colleagues from Birtley going to have a go.

I have to say, my 4 miles was ok, no aches, but the muscles were still weary, and I think that the main lesson from this is, I have to respect the distance I have just raced, and then realise how long it takes for the body to repair/recover from the extremes it is put through. And although I am still just a bairn, age does still have a bearing on recovery times.

I won’t be dashing into any speed sessions, but gradually working my way back gently, hopefully in time for a ‘good Blaydon’. I need to regain some cred. as it was joyously mentioned to me by a couple of mates at ‘Elswick’ that one of them beat me by 2 minutes, well mark my words…that won’t happen this year!! (that sounds like fighting talk – Val)

So let’s hope there is life after London, cos there is the vets league on the track as well that I need to be part of. 😉

Not guaranteed, but I will try to keep you up to date regularly, not necessarily weekly, but watch this space there will be words of wisdom aplenty …

Further musings will be available here in weeks to come.

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