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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Comeback PB

It's been over 2 weeks since my last blog post on my own parkrunfan blog, so I thought it was about time I did a quick post about my latest injury comeback.

I think the last time I (re)injured my calf was around the middle of November. And this time I finally realised that I needed to listen to my body and do the right things to make sure I fully recover. So I'm roughly 9 weeks into my latest recovery and I have been very sensible this time around. I started with 5 or 6 weeks of physio and lots of associated stretching and strengthening exercises.

I have taken my running comeback very slowly too. I waited a couple of weeks after the last injury before my first parkrun run/jog in 38 minutes plus. I have since progressed to 26 minutes, a couple around 23 and a couple around 21 minutes. Always hoping to improve week on week, but never too bothered about any specific target time.

Today was different. Today I really wanted a comeback PB, faster than my quickest time of this comeback which was 21:23 on Christmas eve. I was hoping it would be around 20:30.

Well I totally smashed by comeback PB and my 20:30 target time, finishing sub 20 minutes for the first since early October, with a time of 19:56. Considering I once did 30 out of 31 consecutive parkruns under 20 minutes, I feel this is where I should be.

If anything I felt that my fitness was the limiting factor today rather than my calf. Which is a sign I don't mind. I can work on my fitness, what I can't bare to think about is injury the calf again.

I can't see any more huge comeback PB improvements in the coming weeks, but I will settle for 5 to 10 seconds improvement until spring as that will see me getting back towards my best.

Hopefully next week I'll be finishing around the same time again, and more importantly, without injury.


  1. Nice one Ian, glad your come back is going well.


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  3. Wow! Nice one Ian, hope my comeback after illness is as spectacular (one can dream!)

    Oops, not sure what happened there!

  4. Well done mate remember i should be on the start line next week so i reckon you will go sub 19 for sure :)

  5. Good news Ian.
    We clocked identical times this week! I, however, am not coming back from injury, so am less pleased with my performance.
    I believe Cov parkrun reach a certain milestone in a couple of weeks, so I may pop over to help celebrate, though I won't be hammering it as I have a race on the Sunday.
    Keep up the comeback!
    Dave (A81986!)

  6. Thank you everyone for the comments. Unfortunately I'm going to miss the 2nd anniversary run. Ian, sub 19 is 3 or 4 weeks away at best I think.


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