In the past week I've taken up walking a neighbour's golden retriever (Miss M). 30kg of dog is obviously very different to 3.8kg of dog (Miss R, aka "The Dog"), mainly because Miss M can seriously pull me along while I can easily lift Miss R if I tug the leash! Walking Miss M turns into a nice easy run after about ten minutes - we have a tug-o-war walk down the hill to the park, then a relatively frenetic pace of about 5:30 min/km until she settles down into a light jogging pace of about 8:00 min/km, and walk the end as Miss M hasn't quite figured out how to pace herself.
Smashrun Badge Hunting has slowed down, which was expected as I've picked up most of the low-hanging fruit. I'm going to have to run a marathon if I want to go on a badge-hunting rampage! I did manage to pick up the In it for January (10 days of running in January) Half Marathoner and Perfect 100 (100-day streak), and expect to pick up another three early in February so it won't be too long until I unlock my next background!
I've also managed to survive the first month of Jantastic without needing to use a Joker, and I feel fine too. A bit tired, but not tired of running - although my calves currently beg to differ! I'm going to stick to my current aims of three runs and one swim for February's targets. I've chosen a 10km run as my distance goal for the month, which should be easily managed - although I haven't run that far since my parkrun half-marathon in the first week of January!
I'm enjoying the weekly swim, and am pleasantly surprised with how far I've come over four swims. I can now hop into the water and just start swimming without worrying too much, and accidentally taking on water doesn't cause me to just stop in the middle of the pool and stand up. I'm still taking on each lap separately, but can occasionally put two laps together with only a quick 5-second breather instead of the 30 I usually take.
Aims for FebruaryMost obviously I really need to get a regular long run sorted - I'm hoping that it will be my Tuesday trail run, although I've been struggling with that in recent weeks! I'm hoping that by adding a couple of runs during the week, with either tempo intervals or hill reps, that leg strength and fitness will return, and that the long run will find its way into my legs in due course.
I'm Run Directing at Westerfolds parkrun next week, but I'll be going on a Victorian tourism spree for each week after that. Hopefully I can get over my hamstring niggle and tight calves (which are an artefact of the peroneal tendonitis) before the weekly road tripping begins so that I can run strongly at each course!