It’s the fifth day after the City to Surf Marathon and I was desperate to get out for a run this morning. I set off in the darkness just before 5:30am. We stayed in Denmark last night (not the country, the town on the southern coast of Western Australia) so I decided to do a bit of exploring.
I felt good for the first kilometre; a little tight after not running for a few days but good. The full moon was setting in the west. At first I couldn’t work out what the bright light behind the clouds on the horizon was; it was as though a big city had all its lights on. Then the clouds parted and I saw the moon.
A shooting star shot through the sky above me as I reached the 1.5km mark. It started white and burned up into a feint trail of yellowy-orange. I made a wish and kept on going.
By the 2km mark I started to feel my hamstring again. It didn’t hurt but was warning me to take things a bit easier. If it weren’t for the 12-in-12 Challenge I might have just run through the pain. But I can’t afford to get injured so I listened to my body. I walked for about 100m before slowly jogging again to the 3km mark. At 3km I decided to again walk about 100m to rest the hamstring before running again.
At 3.8km I decided to call my run off. The hamstring wasn’t getting any better and I was concerned about causing injury. The hamstring is such a big and powerful muscle that I’m sure I could hurt it pretty badly and that it will take a long time to heal if I do.
I found the Bibbulmun Track along the waterfront and followed it back to the B&B I was staying at. It was a gorgeous flat 3.5km walk along the Track. I watched the sun come up over the inlet, and listened to the frogs and birds singing their morning songs.
I won’t be running again until I see my physio on Tuesday. I won’t loose fitness over the next few days but will put myself out of action if I pull or tear the hamstring. I guess that’s part of this challenge for me – learning to listen to my body and to take care of it properly.
Total: 3.8km slow run and 3.5km walk.