A photo of Geoffrey Hayward

Week 8: Training for the Manchester Marathon

From a Sharp Pain in My Hip to Prioritizing Rest and Recovery: a Mix of Highs and Lows.

Published March 20, 2023

A photo of my family at Bicton Gardens by the duck pond.
Mother's Day with Ewa, Hanna and Lizzie.

Last week was challenging for my Manchester Marathon training journey, with a mix of highs, lows, hip pain and a cold.

After running 20 miles on Sunday, I planned to have a recovery day on Monday, which was much needed after such a long run. I unfortunately also started developing what felt like a cold on Monday too.

On Tuesday, I had a supervised cardio session, and the goal was to keep my heart rate above 80%. I managed to maintain it mostly, which was great considering how tired I had felt on Monday. The cold didn’t seem to continue, and I thought it was a false alarm.

Wednesday evening was the final Exmouth 5-mile race in the City Run’s winter series. I wasn’t entirely ready for another race, but I decided to give it a shot since it was part of the series. Unfortunately, I was running late and arrived with less than two minutes to go. I had to sprint to the start line and pin my number on as the countdown started, so I didn’t have time for a warm-up.

Despite this, I reached the 5 km mark around 23:17 and was on track for a good time. However, soon after, I started experiencing sharp pain in my left hip, which forced me to walk. But walking was also hurting, so I ran through the pain. Unfortunately, my time slipped by about three minutes, but I was glad I persevered and finished the race. And I completed the series in 30th position.

Racing on Wednesday also brought my cold back.

As I had an arranged 1-hour tennis hitting session on Thursday at 6 am, I turned up and did my best, but I wasn’t in the best shape due to my new hip pain and cold.

With my knee (as noted in the last two weeks’ posts), new hip pain, and cold, I decided to take a break for the rest of the week. I don’t want to risk injuring myself before the Manchester Marathon.

Next week, I plan to continue exercising to keep my fitness up, but I’ll limit my running to allow my knee and hip to recover appropriately.

In conclusion, last week was challenging for me, with some highs and lows compounded by a cold. I am excited to see what the next few weeks will bring and hope to be in top form for the Manchester Marathon. So, I will be listening to my body and adjusting accordingly.

Related Posts

A photo of myself and others running with our thumbs up and smiling.

Week 12: Running Manchester Marathon

April 20, 2023

It’s taken a few days to decompress from the Manchester Marathon, hence a late post. Before embarking on this training block, the idea of running a full marathon seemed like a doable but daunting distant dream. But I have done it, and I am proud of the achievement.

Continue reading
A photo of homemade Easter biscuits.

Week 11: Training for the Manchester Marathon

April 11, 2023

Happy easter, everyone. I trust you had a good one. I am a little behind posting this week, and I am very excited now with less than a week to go until Manchester Marathon.

Continue reading
Ewa and Geoffrey after a run on the Treadmill.

Week 10: Training for the Manchester Marathon

April 4, 2023

That’s week 10 of my 12-week training program for the Manchester Marathon done. And I am feeling the pressure mounting. However, despite facing some challenges, I remain determined to cross the finish line.

Continue reading