Monday morning was lovely – as long as it was viewed from inside a warm house. Sunny but very cold so the morning run was postponed until the roads and pavements were safer.
Eventually I got out for 10.3km (6.4 miles). The day off on Sunday helped a lot by giving more than 48 hours rest to my Achilles and knee but it was still slippery underfoot and hard work.
I’ve been on the internet looking for information on knee pain to see what I should do about my cranky left knee. It seems that a lot of knee pain is not really to do with the knee but results from pulls, tightness, imbalances and strains elsewhere in the lower body. On the other hand, a lot of knee pain is to do with the knee itself.
I’m so pleased to have cleared that up that ….
Another 7km (4.3 miles) on a cold and wet Tuesday, still dodging some frozen patches on the paths. Wednesday was dreary and wet but, of course, just after I decided not to run the rain stopped. The day involved making a shed more secure so it can take the mowers and was finished on the turbo trainer – 45 minutes @ 28.5kph (17.7 mph).
After what seems like weeks of temperatures hovering around freezing, Thursday suddenly produced 12℃ (53℉). I failed to adapt my clothing properly so I did another 13km (8 miles) sweating profusely and shedding items as I went.
I ran again on Friday – 7km (4.3 miles). That took me through the 200km of running for January. That’s no big deal for many people but it’s a lot for me and my knee is telling me to calm down a bit.
Saturday was thoroughly unpleasant – cold, breezy and wet. The best thing about it was the smug satisfaction of having got out to run four times earlier in the week and not having to do any more.
With the heavy rain the village was getting a little jittery about the height of the small stream that runs through some gardens (and at the end of ours) and which has flooded houses a couple of times in the last 30 years.
We’d been good citizens in the summer and maintained the stream properly where it runs at the end of our garden (I suppose some good had to come from the various lockdowns) but I spent a few happy hours up to my knees in mud and water clearing some more of it as it runs away from the village.
Yet again, ‘Independence Day’ was on television (and yet again I watched it) but I still struggle to see how someone who calls his daughter ‘Munchkin’ could ever have become President.
Another 7km (4.3 miles) on Sunday, with my son to finish the month with 209km (130 miles) of running. I think I will cut back in February and do some more on the turbo trainer. That should help the knee and the sportive training – and get me in a position to think about starting the training for July’s ultra.
Interesting stuff this week
1. African wise words: A host’s dance is never a bad one
If they ever saw me dance such politeness would be put to the test
2. BBC News website: A spokesman for Zimbabwe’s government called doctors in the country “medical assassins” and suggested that four cabinet ministers who died in recent months of coronavirus had in fact been “eliminated”.
Following a backlash, he stated on Twitter that he “had no intention to offend”.
Makes you wonder what he’d say if he did intend to offend.
3. BBC News website: A couple in Canada have been fined for breaking Covid curfew rules after the woman was caught “walking” her husband on a leash.
The woman reportedly told police that she was just out “walking her dog” near their home in Quebec province. Walking a dog close to home is one of the only acceptable reasons to be outside between the times of the current curfew.
4. BBC News website: GameStop: Confused investors inundate Robin Hood society
A society promoting legendary outlaw Robin Hood has seen a huge surge in its social media as a result of people confusing it with the US stock trading platform Robinhood.
Look how much cash I’ve made, Marian