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Hi Angela, sounds eventful. I didn't get lost this morning but didn't know exactly where I was and despite miles of countryside I didn't see any animals, funny how all those country lanes look the bleeding same........and when did road signs go out of fashion? It's all well naming these roads on a map but any clues when you are out there wouldn't of gone amiss. On the plus side I saw (twice) the house I want when I win the lottery (probably need to be twice) a lovely palatial spread with only the odd lost jogger for passing traffic.
Not shy those Castle park squirrels are they? I think they assume everyone is a potential food source, I've had the odd kamikaze one flying under my feet from time to time, I can't say for certain but I thought I heard high pitched laughter coming from the trees as I went stumbling over them.
You were probably right to stop when you did that extra 3/4 of a mile isn't going to make a huge difference other than to risk injury as you get fatigued. I am glad I am not the only one that as soon as I think I'm feeling good and might push my run out a little further a part of my body decides to correct me, I hope the blisters are ok
Jason listen to your body it is telling you something. It sounds like your post marathon recovery after last week wasn't enough, personally apart from the odd few mile recovery run I wouldn't have ran this week until today and ran a LSR.
Bare in mind the need to insert easy weeks, it can't just be a straight line trajectory of ever increasing mileage the body needs the odd easier week to take stock and recover. Remember your strength building happens in your rest and recovery periods not your actual activity which is why they are so vital. I hope you are tickety boo this week
Angela - 37 for me na de na na should of done that 15th mile after all
A 5 mile recovery run tomorrow for me, normally it is a rest day as I'm pooped after my long run but now I'm not thrashing out a high tempo I feel so much more fresher
Well, surprise surprise.
After my highest mileage week (I think ever), I'm broken. That lower leg various pains caused my ankle to seize again, so when I woke up this morning, it was quite painful to get around.
I don't think its a sprain, as I can put weight on it, and I was able to run 14 miles on it yesterday, but I do think if there isn't already damage to the joint, I'd be risking it if I continued to run on it.
Today is a cross training day: I would like to cycle, but I think it will still be too dark when I get home. Given my schedule over the next week, I am going to put in an extra rest day here, as I was already planning to do nxt Sunday's run on Monday. I think I can have an extra day and a half rest, and shift the training schedule, and hopefully the leg will have healed enough to get the miles in. Instead of running/cross, I'll be doing lots and lots of stretching and foam rolling.
Bliimey have I jinxed this thread or what!?
Sorry to hear about the ankle Angela. Hopefully it is just inflammation, follow RICE and get plenty of rest. My ankle does that occassionally after a heavy period, swells up a little and is stable but sore. If it doesn't feel right by the time of your next run don't feel tempted to test it too much, sometimes not waiting a day or two has cost me a fortnights running
wWorst case scenario I'd spend the week in the gym and pool doing high intensity but low impact stuff and do a short test run the day before your LSR but fingers crossed it won't come to that.
Are we blaming those pesky squirrels?
Its always the squirels fault... So, I might be partially to blame here. I had been useing KT tape as support for my calf that was pulled last year... yesterday, I used it on the other muscles in the lower leg that were sore, probably as the calf wasn;t working hard enough. I've just taken all the tape off, and it seems to have significantly reduced the pain when i walk :-S....
Just smothered the limb in deep heat too - my colleagues are gonna love me...
So, I'm still going to rest an extra day,but perhaps running just with compression sleeves will be enough to support it come Wednesday. All of this week's runs are at easy pace- no speedwork, so hopefully I can manage it all ok.
I used to always have quite weak ankles when i was little- forever going over on them, however, they've never been a problem since i started running. However, when it was snowy a few weeks ago, I did go over on them a few times. And once last weekend when i was in a muddy section, so perhaps its that, and it is a light sprain exacerbated by running on it... hmmm
Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was incorrect taping.. feels a lot better already having taken the tape off... feeling rather embarrassed now will still rest it though..
Let me know how u get on at the Dr's Jason. I really do think you'll be fine for the race. My first 2 (and only 2) marathons in 2011 were peppered by missing long runs, and not doing all that much mid-week. Especially not outside- most of it was done on a treadmill. IN my second marathon I had knee trouble at mile 11 of my last 20 mile run, so stopped- that was a monht out, and i did ZERO training untill the week before the race. I managed 4:38 and 4:33 in those two races. So I think you're doing pretty well! I would advise to be wary of your doctor- not all are sympathetic to sports injuries...
Oirish eyes- thanks for the advice. I actually quit my gym membership at the start of this year so I wasn't tempted to bail and train on the dreadmill. I guess I could go to the leisure world pool, but I hate swimming!
I feel the same about swimming.
I wasn't trying to teach you how to suck eggs but I think at this time of year we all get a bit intense about hitting our sessions and mileage and from time to time common sense goes out of the window. Every niggle, knock or bad run seems like a disaster or is that just me ?
It helps sometimes to have someone else give you a bit advice even if you know it already really, that is why I love these forums it keeps everyone sane and reassurred. I reckon by the weekend both your niggles will be a thing of the past and you've notched up another great weeks training.
You're absolutely right, we all become drama queens during marathon training don't we... Leg is totally pain free despite not being able to RICE since at work, and I only have a very slight limp whilst walking. Sure another day's rest and it will be a ok... but if I have 3-4 days rest, its not exactly going to stop me from getting to my goal is it?
I think at this stage we tend to veer towards quality rather than quantity and if you have got this far you have proved you have a determination and competitiveness about you, all the traits that push you on are the things that can push you to far I like that, quite profound
Like you say the odd missed session won't ruin anything, the fact that you are reluctant to skip a run is almost the reason to give yourself permission to do it and rest. It's when I'm looking for excuses not to run I worry.
It is incredible how having to take time off with my ankle gave my legs time to repair and were visibly bigger and felt stronger. I thought it was my imagination, or wishful thinking but my good lady commented on it and she hands out compliments with the same regularity as santa doles out presents
6 mile hill run this morning. I did 1 mile warm up then 4 miles of hills @ 8:55 and 1 mille back with 0.5 cool down.
The hill runnning section was pretty full on with 8 trips up and down Balkerne hill in Colchester and my mile home was sub 8 minutes run so all in all a good start to the week.
Hi good to hear you are on the mend
If you are going to switch trainers you are best doing it now I would of thought, gives you time to work them in and sort out any snags should any arise. I'm contemplating a trip to the Runnersworld store on Friday and having my gait analysis checked and maybe a sneaky purchase.
I love your logic re the weather, not sure I understand it but heyho I'm sure that extra heel cushioning is just the thing to beat off those cold temperatures If you think the problem was caused by incorrect taping a gentle jog tomorrow might be just the thing to get everything stretched out and in order.
That hills session came out at 827ft of elevation. North hill is mine in the HM!!!
Lol, I love how north hill is ur nemesis- have you ever run it? its actually not very long... but it will slaughter all those runners who come flying down to it.
My logic re: shoes is flawless- I actually already train in 2 pairs, alternating-though I did use the slightly older ones for the long run. Clearly you haven't seen any of the adidas boost marketing videos!! Basically they say that the standard foam used in all trainers at the moment, EVA, is affected by temperature- gettng harder when cold, and gloopy when too warm= both situations not ideal, whereas boost uses a new material which isn't affected by temperature... so therefore offers both cushioning and responsiveness etc etc... all in all, the marketing got to me and I want some...
Goldilocks would of loved them..... not too hot and not too cold but just right
I think coping with the first mile or two is key in the HM I envisage a fair few taking off like hares at the start as it slopes down and North hill will knock a few people out of their stride too. I have run it once or twice early in my training, it can't be much different to Balkerne Hill, they start and stop at similar heights
Runnersworld is on Peartree industrial estate on Stanway, just up the road from the Fiveways Co-op. There are so few sports shops in Colchester now.....it's saving me a fortune
I only discovered it a month or so ago. It's on Peartree road on the first industrial estate on the right coming from straight road. I'm really into cycling too and there are a couple of top end bike shops there too.
I like to drool over the 4 grand bikes from time to time.
Some of the kit they have there are things of beauty. I am cycling across Ireland in June; Dublin to Westport in two days.
I want to do an Olympic Duathlon at the start of next year if I could swim I'd try a Triathlon but my swimming is truly awful and I don't enjoy it enough to want to improve. When is the London to Surrey?
Another 7 mile tempo run done, all in all came out at 7:03 avg 8:15 min miles.
Jason - How is the foot?
I thought, swimming wouldn't be that bad. I lived in Australia for a year... I can do open water... I was wrong! Maldon is not like the clear blue ocean in Oz!!
I was last out of the water, and even the olympic guys who set off 5 mins later caught up and overtook me made it up in the bike and run legs though... I wish they did a duathlon option at Maldon actually. Woudl so do it again if I didn't have to get in the water, as the atmosphere was really nice after the race.
What are the distances in an olympic duathlon?
London-Surreey 100 is 4th August: http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/Prudential_RideLondon___Events/Prudential_RideLondon-Surrey_100.htm