It's Friday now and I'm still searching on the watch for some sign of a return to a decent pace after last Sunday's half marathon. To be honest the legs have held up pretty well. The main area to have suffered most has been the lower rib cage. I can only think that the effort of the race aligned with the low temperature we experienced forced the intercostal muscles to work overtime. So the last mile of the race was 6.46 and the fastest mile I've managed in the week since has been 8.24.
That was the ninth mile of yesterday's 9 mile run which was followed by 6 today. The "recovery" week then has been a gradual build up of miles at easy pace. 3 to 5 to 7 to 9 dropping down to 6 today with the weekend to come.
Certainly not the case with Athletics Weekly today which frequently features female athletes on the cover reflecting continuing emergence of women in the sport. This week's issue features an interview with Jenny Meadows and she is featured on the cover.
Runners World's covers in contrast have been blatenly sexist. They have swung completely the other way such that it's as if only women run and they only run in warm temperatures when the sun is shining.
I can't remember the last time they featured a male runner on the cover or a runner wearing what we all wear in the varying seasons.