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WATCH: Chester Half Marathon Diary - Part Three

Chester runner Robert Duckworth charts his progress in training for the upcoming Chester Half Marathon on May 17

With less than three weeks until the Chester Half Marathon, I thought the time was right to invest in my race day trainers!

There’s something about new trainers that makes you want to train that little bit harder and I’ve definitely been enjoying them over the last few days.

They say it’s wise to get new trainers a little while before a big event, just so you don’t get blisters and injuries during the race, so I’m hoping to get a few miles in them before 17 May.

My old shoes were starting to get a little bit worn and I’m wondering if that has contributed to my ongoing injury problems – my shin splints have still been niggling away at me.

I went out for a run the trainers and my shins were fine. I did start to feel some pain in my left leg (which strangely is the leg that I don’t get shin splints in) and started to feel a bit of pain on the left side of my knee.

This could be runner’s knee, or another form of shin splints, but whatever it is, it caused me some pain after the run.

At the weekend I decided to go on a long one and a half hour run, just to get the mileage in. My pace was slow and steady but once again the pain persisted.

I’m pushing my body to the limit with this training and given my recovery from the car accident, it’s proving to be very difficult. It’s very frustrating for me as I want to run a decent time and run well, but I think for now I am running my own race in my head and have to convince myself mentally that I can do it.

With the number of injuries I’ve had, it will be a great achievement if I can just get round the course so that’s what I need to remember.

My plan now is to put ice on the injury religiously and just be a lot more cautious. I am doing steady runs instead of speed work as it is all about time on feet and I want my body to get used to the impact.

On a more positive note, I did a park run at Delamere Forest which went quite well as I ran at a steady pace, and just did it under 21 minutes for the 5K. This was a test for my general running fitness, which seems to be ok. I need to spend more time on my feet but I’ll keep balancing that with some cycling and rowing to keep the injury under control.


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