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I've never been able to touch my toes either.
Bloody hell some of you are doing very long LSR's for this stage?? I will let you know when I manage one mile!!!
The lack of exercise/stretching is playing havoc with my psoas, its even sore to sit I am tempted to attempt my physio exercises but scared to too just incase it upsets other things???
What about feet around neck instead of touching toes
Morning... yeh.. TD.. I decided to do the 'home to London' run.. I've done this three times and its about 37-39 miles depending on route. I've never done it overnight before, only in daylight. Last night I had intended on running it both ways, overnight. The idea was to run to McDonalds on The Strand, near Charing Cross station. Have a coffee and a burger and watch the nightlife go by... and then run home again. The route would have been 78 miles. The 'out' route is harder than the 'home' route as I have to get up and over the North Downs. There are two long hills and the roads are fast traffic, no paths and no streetlights. I got up the first hill and not only was it dark but it was freezing fog and get thicker... looking ahead, visibilty was reducing further and I took the option of a train station not far away to come home again.
Its a shame really as the weather was otherwise ideal for a run.. chilly (quickly turning to frost) and no wind.
I need to do overnight runs as all the ultras this year go overnight... the 78 miles was a reasonable distance. I haven't run at all for about 5 or 6 weeks, but I still felt confident that it was do-able. I got to 13 miles in about two hours, so pace was fine and I felt good.
No worries.. better safe than sorry... I'll have another go in daylight or at least better weather conditions. We are due some sleety rain today.
I think what I am most pleased about, as we start 2013, is that my experiments last summer have all come together nicely. I love that I can now just put on my running shoes and socks and go... no need to spend an hour preparing my feet. No orthotics, no blisters, no injury. My fuelling is now mostly liquid with some savory snacks and I can do these runs on my own without a support team! Everything has completely changed in the last six months and... its fantastic and I am really enjoying running again.
DV - Indeed better safe than sorry! Amazing to think about 78 miles over night. And when do you get to the stage that you've not ran in weeks and still feel that you can do this. I ask as obviously it'll be about 5/6 weeks that I will not have ran for when I am ready to start, and I am panicing that I will never be able to do 3 miles??? Or do I just lack the self belief to think that all will be 'ok'??
Obviously I have too much time on my hands and I am over thinking at the moment, as well as over eating!!
Kaz.. I can't really answer that question.. we are all different... part of it is mental confidence and knowing the limits... part is residual fitness from multiple long runs.. I know I can't run fast anymore, for example, so I wouldn't attempt a race/run that required speed... I'm still learning and I don't have all the answers... I just have an idea, and give it go and see what happens.
Plenty of time though.. my first ultra for 2013 is on the weekend of 23/24 March and is 100 miles (actually, all the ultras this year are 100 miles - in order to comply with the Badwater application requirements)... then a little over a week later is the Paris run, leaving London on 3rd April... as long as I stay out of trouble and avoid injury I should be fine for both.
Simon - I don't know.......... I think the fitness lost will seem worse by the weight gain?? Trying my best to eat healthy etc but just the lact of exercise in general(not being able to walk dog as normal etc) is not helping my waist line!!
DV - You are just a machine!!! Well impressed and inspired! I definately want to progress to ultras........
I am thinking that its 2 weeks on Monday since the op, would I be stupid to try some X training from Monday. It would just be on the epiliptical trainer, as still signed off work and better not be seen out and about??
Kaz - I'm no doctor, and am the worst patient ever and rarely listen to medical advice, but I would suggest just walking next week. Slowly build the distance and speed until you feel ready for a gentle jog. But what do I know??.....
Kaz - have a google first but I think you'll like this answer: http://www.fitsugar.com/Doctor-Offers-Tips-Exercising-After-Sugery-2008-06-10-090000-1696506
DV - If you try again tonight let me know. Am going out and may have to go through trafalgar square on my night bus route home
RS - Thank you. Just the answer I was looking for! Enjoy your night out!!
Kaz - even though I found the answer you wanted stick I 2nd what emmy says. LISTEN to your body as the #1 priority.
RS/Emmy - I will take it easy and listen to my body not my brain!! I have officially had enough of illness and injury, and will not be taking any chances on my recovery!
Emmy.. there have been many changes, but probably the move to a minimalist shoe (the Hoka's are a 4mm drop) and throwing the orthotics out after seven years has probably been the most significant of the changes. Doing that Grand Union Canal run (45 miles) in brand new shoes and no orthotics for the first time was a huge boost to my confidence.
I don't see myself ever going the whole way such as Dannirr has done with his Vibrams but I certainly feel that the future of good posture and injury prevention is in the direction of minimalist running footware and the types of shoes that we've all been using for the last 30+ years are soon going to be history. More and more shoe manufacturers are providing minimalist shoes now.
I have lost all confidence in podiatrists........ three different podiatrists said my orthotics were the correct prescription for me. None of them said to look at my running technique and to change footware. Looking back on it, that was very disappointing and poor advice...
Since I changed, I've had no injury and no blisters. Coincidence? I don't think so....
20 miler done at a far more sensible 7.57 pace. Felt good to hit the 20 mile marker again. Just got a couple of injury niggles to nurse but I finally feel like I'm in marathon mode after two runs of significant distance. Long way still to go though.
Did the run at 7.00am and then had to run a 2 hour football training session. I feel some sofa time coming up and a plan to replensih lost energy with BEER!
It's so bloody cold here I'm afraid I'm going to go deaf...
18 miles done in pissing rain and headwind/sidewind/crosswind/surprisewind...feeling a bit tired but not knocked out which bodes will for my first 20 miler next weekend
Now I have to chain myself to the kitchenaid as I have a party to prepare for...made the chocolate roulade at 6 am as I was up having my breakfast before my run (ARE YOU LISTENING DV? I had breakfast before a long run...) so it seemed like a good idea to get ahead of myself rather than go back to bed. I suspect that I may regret this by 10pm...
Well done Simon... that's a good run...
Eggy... stick with it... nice and gently does it... no heroics...
yer_maj... finally... she sees the light...!
kaz... if you feel that running in Paris might not be achieveable, you might like to consider coming with me on my run to Paris and drive the support car..? Can you drive..? Do you have a sense of humour that can withstand anything and is game for a laugh...?
Rodent.. great to hear that P&D is working for you..
TD.. you have a cycling future ahead.. I suspect you are going to be really good at it..
Badger.. that's a good morning's effort...!
Emmy... be careful out there...
Simon - I might need to take a look at my LSR schedule. I felt good on my midweek runs this week, but from about mile 12 today I was hurting. My lungs are fine, even my legs felt ok it was just some pain from the injured area and I think when that happens it's causing me to run outside my normal running style and that's making the run even worse.