To save a long story I had two sessions with the Osteopath and the conclusion provided was, I should stretch out my hamstrings and glutes more effectively. In particular my left hamstring because this was the one that was actually causing a problem with the right hand side due to it being extra tight. I was told to change my shoes (current shoes have about 700 miles or so in them). I don't know if I agree with the last comment although they are looking a little bit worn out shoes are not cheap (current pair cost £80) and I won't shell out on them until they have fallen apart.
Thankfully over the last 14 days things have improved, I am paying more attention to stretching properly as part of my daily routine and have been getting out for regular runs although I am nowhere near putting in the mileage or quality I was during January however I am feeling strong and things are improving as I am doing most of my running on trails / hills.
I am concerned that with only 12 weeks to go until the Bob Graham Round that I would not have done enough preparation. Therefore all I can do is get out there day by day and focus on getting the climbing into the legs and make sure I nail those long days out. In order to do this I am taking the following approach
- Focus on Strength and Endurance (speed sessions not a priority)
- Minimum one long run (3-8 hours) per week in hills e.g. North Downs is within driving distance
- Midweek runs consist of stair climbing and easy hill days on local hills
- Easy recovery runs when needed
- Take a rest day when needed.
The acid test though happens on Monday when I meet up with one of the other runners in our team and our key support man as we travel to the Lake District to do a recce of Leg 3. The third leg consists of 15 fells including Scafell Pike which is the highest point in England. It is the longest section on the route. The total mileage is only 15.2 miles but it has 6,500 ft of climb involved and with the thought of self navigating the whole way it's certainly going to provide a sufficient test of fitness and mind as I expect to be on my feet for 6-8 hours.
The time has come for this challenge to be made a reality and I simply cannot wait for this adventure to truly begin.