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Hmm.. Permanent marker... i see temp tattoos may be a good way forward
I'm not sure if i'm coming over... I may do a quick weekend to stock up in tescos's... i'm running low on porridge!
So... Update from this week:
18 miles planned LSR yesterday - i managed 17 before giving up. I walked/ran the last 5 miles as i have hurt something. If this would have been any other weekend - I would have called for help and given in at 13 miles but help has taken himself off skiing so I had noone to call and not enough money for a taxi.
I'm not sure if the image will display or not (thanks RW techies)
But on a side view its in the middle right beneath my hip. Consensus on the Paris thread looks like it could be hip abductors. I've got the number for a great sports doctor so will be calling up tomorrow morning to get an appointment and i'm doing some stretching tonight to try and rest it.
BUT... that didnt stop me from 6 easy miles this morning. I wanted to see if the pain was made better/worse by changing shoes and focusing on my gait... everything was well until 4 miles and then i started to feel it again. I tried to change stride/pace but nothing seemed to work. I have RICE'ed it this afternoon so i'm going to see how i feel tomorrow.
The weird thing is - it doesnt hurt when I walk - just when I run.
The plan is 4 recovery miles tomorrow morning so i'll see how i feel and then go from there.
How's things feel today?
Not sure of the benefits of changing your stride. You could be opening the door to a whole other set of problems if you start using slightly different muscles than the ones you normally use during your stride. Plus your original stride's got you through however many miles previously without problems.
Altho I'm no expert on gait. Come to think of it, I'm no expert on anything really. Except finding Wally in the Where's Wally pictures - I'm not bad at that. And I can see those magic eye pictures as well.
And digressing. I'm quite good at digressing and getting distracted.
Don't know if anyone else here has more knowledge about changing gait.
Weedy Gonzalez wrote (see)
How's things feel today? Not sure of the benefits of changing your stride. You could be opening the door to a whole other set of problems if you start using slightly different muscles than the ones you normally use during your stride. Plus your original stride's got you through however many miles previously without problems. Altho I'm no expert on gait. Come to think of it, I'm no expert on anything really. Except finding Wally in the Where's Wally pictures - I'm not bad at that. And I can see those magic eye pictures as well. And digressing. I'm quite good at digressing and getting distracted. Don't know if anyone else here has more knowledge about changing gait.
You can do magic eye pictures?!? How?!?! I've Always wanted to do that! Whenever I'm at the Dentist - I steal the children's books to play where's wally? and read topsy and tim.
To be honest -I was just trying to see if a change made a difference. It probably lasted for 100m before I resorted back to a walk/run.
Last night I watched a good 30 mins of stretches on youtube and did a little bit of self massage and this morning it didnt hurt at all. I'm making an attempt to focus on stretching, walking around every hour (as opposed to sitting at my desk) and stretching whilst I run.
Let's not lie - I'm actually scared of what it could be but i'm trying to not get all girly here and overthink things. It could just be a simple strained muscle and nothing more serious.
Today I went out for a 4 mile recovery run (again in different shoes*) and no pain. I did a walk/run strategy from the start and it seemed to help. I started to feel 'something' but it could have been the extreme cold getting to my extremities. It's currently -3 and snowing here I saw another runner who remarked: Are we f*&king mad? I had to tend to agree.
I was planning to go to the sports doc today (he has an opening at 3pm) but due to work - i've had to shelve that plan and try to get there on Thursday morning.
*= when I talk about different shoes I mean the same brand/style but with a different "age". The ones from saturday were my newest with less than 50km, sunday's shoe was: 600km, today's was 300km. Tomorrow - to liven things up I *may* even change into my Brooks.
Try that link. You've just got to kind of get your eyes to glaze over so you look like you're daydreaming, something I'm quite good at.
Things still feel ok today?
Wow.. I think I need to go back to magic eye!
I made an appointment at the dr on Thursday - it was the only day that I could fit in and even now it's looking doubtful... Darn work!
I went out for a run today and it was snowing/VERY cold and a bitter wind. I think maybe the snow took my mind off my hip? I'm doing daily stretching and touch wood - it hasnt hurt me today. I've got a sore back from my desk chair though!
I'm trying to be realistic about the pain so we'll see what happens and what the doctor says but i'm still training but adding in more cross training/stretching this week.
Now - Can anyone recommend anything for the windchill?
Where's the fun in that?
Here you go. You'll have to wait till December tho. Average December temperature there's 77 degrees, but with the windchill, it feels more like 76.
Now *that's* a marathon and my kind of event!
6 miles this morning and i've got another 6 planned for tomorrow before the doctors.
Let's hope it's nothing serious. I'm off for a nice stretching session and will attempt to not give myself carpet burn this evening
Emmy - ditto what Orbutt says. You've got three weeks to get sorted - that's an age. It'll maybe take a week till you're right, then you've still got two weeks spare.
Emmy's IT band - get your act together, you're letting the team down.
Emmy's hamstring - pack it in, you hear me.
I love you two! I've been stretching it (pigeon pose anyone?) and doing lots of 'relaxed' running.
After a discussion with Shades - I've canned the planned 22 miler this weekend and instead will be doing a reduced mileage.
This week's runs have panned out like this:
Monday: cancelled as my planned club run was me and my todd waiting for them
Tuesday: 6 miles easy - pain came at 3 miles and left at 5
Thursday: 5 miles easy - pain came at 4 miles and stayed there
Tomorrow: Gym or swim (whatever takes my fancy).
Sat: 10 miles
Sun: 8 miles
followed by daily stretching/self massage.
I'm not in a good place today so I'll leave it at that for now. I'll be back at the weekend once i've got my act together
Stretching and foam rollers I do have I've got a tiger tail and a normal roller (like the one RS has).
RE: Runs - i'm deferring to Shades at the moment for advice. She's been with me since I started marathon running and I trust her opinion.
Sounds like a good idea ditching the 22.
If you haven't already been doing it, I've found it really helps the ITB by sitting on a chair with one ankle resting on the other knee. Pull the ankle towards you as far as is comfortable, then slowly bend over at the waist. You should feel the stretch in your hip. Hold it until the bite subsides. It's even better doing it sat on a swiss ball if you've got one - you just push yourself forwards on the ball to get the bite
Just been on youtube - ouch, looks way too advanced for me.
I can do the sitting in a chair drinking tea pose quite well tho
Ooh - weedy - that stretch is punishment! How can you drink tea at the same time?!
I do the pigeon one at the end once i'm fully flexible. I'll not lie -it's not the easiest one in the book! I've been told that it's kinda like karma sutra for runners but i'm too sure about that
I was a good girl today - cut it back to 5 miles and actually went out as the snow was blowing around me. I'm a tad worried about my garmin. I charged it on thursday after my run and this morning it was dead. I put it back on charge and the battery was empty again. Is this due to the temperature? or is it coming to the end of it's life?
Could be either or if it is like mine when it was refusing to hold charge a simple case of updating the software on it fixing it. Garmin website should say what version its meant to be on and the watch will say what it is on too. Update if they differ
I can drink tea while I'm asleep. In my ITLR application, under the special dietary requirements section, it says "Lots of tea"
I've not noticed temperature affecting the charge on my Garmin.
Did yours definitely charge up? Only ask because I had problems with dirty contacts between my watch and charger. Emailed Garmin about it and they sent me a new one. I assume it was because of my sweat rusting up the watch contacts, so every time I finish a run now I get a cotton bud and give them a wipe as soon as I can.
Or could you have accidentally left it switched on in the house and it used up all the juice searching for a satellite link?
Hi Keith and Weedy - I don't know. I took it out yesterday and it was OK. No issues. I've updated the software just in case and im going to keep an eye on it.
@Weedy - I forgot to mention that! I need tea!
I'm going to bare all now - so if you don't want to read some open stuff: just stop now.
I've been having a think and I'm getting increasingly worried. As i've been told several times in the past week: whatever i do now - will not help my race day result - but it may hurt my injury even more and my injury has been getting worse rather than better.
I need to be smart and not make the injury worse. This means no running, cross training and stretching. I know that going for broke in Paris is a real risk. There are too many other races coming up in the next few weeks and month that I need to think about.
In the next 10 days - I'm going to be seeing what I can do and deciding on my strategy for Paris.
If you have any suggestions/thoughts - let me know.
Sorry to hear Emmy, but sounds like you're approaching it with the right attitude, and you won't lose fitness between now and then.
There's still time for things to improve, and I'd say you don't really need to make a decision on what to do for ages yet (even as late as heading to the start line on the morning if needs be)
I'd say you're right to look at things in the long term. There's plenty of chances coming up to go sub 4.30, but if you go flat out this time and your injury's not up to it, you could do serious damage that takes months to get over. If you think about it, you've got the rest of your life to go sub 4.30.
Saying that, things could just suddenly click for you. They did for me. Two months ago I was wondering if I was going to even get to the start line, but things just started dropping into place, and now I'm aiming for a PB. It all happened really quickly. Problems became niggles, then the niggles cleared up. So quickly that I was gobsmacked at how it had turned around.
Weedy - i like your optimism! I'm *really* hoping that it is the same for me. I'm back on a course of ibruprofen for the next few days in the hope that it clears up.
I'm coming up with 3 plans dependent upon how the next 10 days go and then will use that plan. It's hard for me not to want to throw everything on this race and say: "f*&K it" but I enjoy running too much! It's Day 2 of no runs and i'm already itchy! I've been looking at the swimming pool opening times and they penalise working people a little. Who can go to a pool from 9-5?
Emmy - I think you're making a smart move. I was a bit worried about what you were going to tell us at first
If you do anything, make it easy.
Sounds like a good idea ditching the Garmin, pace bands etc.
Maybe instead of concentrating on your injury, you should aim to concentrate on the crowds, the atmosphere, the wine, the sights, the dancers, the firemen...
What I mean is, just turn up and have a laugh and enjoy it as best you can.
Weedy - that's my plan. No Ipod- just enjoy the fun and being around a great bunch of people.
I managed a 25km cycle yesterday and felt great. No twinges or anything so am hoping my run tomorrow is OK.
@Orbutt - it's a definite possibility. I'm going to see how tomorrow's run goes and then decide.