So what first appeared to be a Cycle Down week when my weekly training mileage naturally reduces I was looking forward to a little bit of recovery. My little corner of England lay under a layer of snow and after the initial excitement of a run in the snow from the running community, ice descended and so did the mood as people realised it was just a little dangerous to run the streets, I cared not a jot.
After yesterday's scheduled Long Run from London I planned to go for a Recovery run, preferably off road but the weather overnight was of biblical proportions as snow turned to rain and the hardened ground turned to mud. Who do I know who likes a muddy trail run but my mate Bhundu who is coming back from injury and so it was arranged that after we had done our husbandly chores to meet up for a run.
Meeting up the first thing said after customary greetings was "Right, let's fund some mud"...and we did, Duncan approximately 7 miles, I doing 9 miles.
So the only running done this week was this weekend in the form of two runs totalling 29 miles (47 km) and all in my Vibram Monkey Feet. My feet a little sore and my calves stretched and painful so it will be a gentle run (in running shoes) on Monday for the next 3 weeks are a step up, GUCR beckons me.