For a few weeks now I’ve been doing medium distance cross country runs of about 3-3.5 miles each Saturday. I’ve been pretty pleased as I was doing the distance carrying 15 kg of water, in combats and high leg army boots, and completing the distance in well under the 45 minutes.
(In 35 minutes since you asked)
My ankles have held up really well with mild aches but no rupturing Achilles Tendons.
Last Thursday I took my running kit to work and did my favourite old run of old.... Victoria to Belgravia, past Chelsea Barracks/Hospital, along the north bank of the Thames , across the Albert bridge, through Battersea park along the south bank of the Thames, past the Buddhist pagoda (Om Mani Padme Hum) back across th river over Chelsea Bridge and back through Chelsea, Belgravia and back to the office - 3 to 4 miles and pretty much one of my favourite runs .
I did the run in trainers with 12kg reams of paper and apart from scraping all the skin off the lumber region of my back, I finished the run just fine.
On Saturday did the cross country route in boots as per, and yesterday I did a short run around St James’ park in trainers carrying the 15kg load.
As far as my general fitness this has been absolutely great as I miss running so much !!
I’m down to 82 /83 kg. For the first time I’m really confident I can pass ANY TA fitness test with ease. Plus I’ve really toned up, and lost about 2 to 3 inches off my waistline – Its quite embarrassing as it means that NONE of my trousers fit me anymore as I can take them off without unbuttoning them.!!!
Probably not the Ready to Deploy the Army had in mind for me. But maybe it’s a neat party trick !
Ankles were feeling iffy yesterday after noon and true enough by the time I got to fencing last night there were numerous points of swelling/micro tears up the length of the left tendon. Today my left ankle is swollen with v obvious tendon ruptures and fookin painful.
It hurts to put any weight on it...... But I’m NOT limping though....that’s just an irregular walking pattern.
Well that’s my story Corporal and I’m sticking to it !