Don't panic ...... let me explain.
Since my last update I joined a group of friends on Faceache and we started the Couch 2 5k (C25K). Week 1 went fine, didn't really struggle with the actual running segments - 3 completely different runs, one was a trail run along the riverbank at Ouse Valley in glorious sunshine, one was very wet along to the beach and the other one was a lovely warm day. Week 2 didn't start too badly either - my first run I decided to head in a different direction and again the running segments were fine, a bit puffy & panty in places but I was beginning to remember why I love running. Then came a kick fest at boxercise and the day after (which should have been Week 2 run 2) never happened as my legs were completely mashed. That weekend we were away in Tribby so I decided I'd repeat week 2 the following week and go from there. The legs never really recovered. The calves have been as tight as hell and the shins decided to stay painful too. So, now I should be coming up to the end of week 4 and there's no way I'm going to be able to run. It's probably sensible to pack up the idea of running again, even if it's only until after our holiday in Aus. I've got 2 very long flights to get through and I don't want to be worrying about cramps in my legs or worse.
After a lot of thought I've decided to concentrate on the bike and my overall fitness with boxercise. I might add another class in to the mix, maybe Kettlebells which is also run by Claire, and of course there's always spin classes to help with cardio and leg strengthening. It surprises me actually how much of a difference spin has made to my road cycling. I'm actually standing more now than I did at the beginning and I'm sure it's all down to the leg strengthening that comes with spin.
I'm not saying I'm never ever running again. The C25K podcast is fantastic and I shall be keeping it on my Ipod for future use, just might not be until 2016 now, let's see what happens with the legs!