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Good afternoon everyone, what a lot of great running and exploring (Exhausted) going on.
Great result for your 10k WtnMel you must be delighted at that time when you haven’t been able to get much preparation in. A just reward for all your selfless running about lately sorting out your brother’s affairs.
Well done Damien, it’s very satisfying when you get a new PB isn’t it (and get one over on your rivals! As Exhausted says you’ll be a marked man after this).
Red, so glad you had a blast at the VLM, but sorry your knee played up and caused you to walk. A very respectable time in those circumstances. Hope your knee settles down again this week, we don’t want any more injury problems.
HS Gale force winds are not nice! Well done to you both for battling on through them and not giving up. I read in the paper today that a three month heatwave is on the way. If that’s the case I think I’ll be doing all my running at the crack of dawn, I’d much rather settle for pleasantly warm with a gentle cooling breeze
Exhausted what a lovely birthday present, much more thoughtful and useful than clothes, books etc. I’m sure it was much appreciated too. We’re big fans of RAF Hendon and nearly always fit in a visit when we come down to London, it never disappoints. I often find rather unfit looking overweight runners of both sexes easily keeping up with me in races, or even worse passing me - how does that work??
I did a lovely trail 10k yesterday, quite undulating (with two particularly steep hills), lots of lovely scenery and the scent of wild garlic, varying terrain, with a long narrow section through woodland with treacherously exposed tree roots. I love all of that, you’ve really got to concentrate on your foot placement, but as usual I managed to get a stitch in the last half mile. We had a lot of hold ups at stiles and kissing gates due to congestion but no-one minded, it just provided a nice opportunity to strike up a conversation with fellow runners as we waited our turn (and took advantage of the enforced “rest break” to get our breath back). Everyone said how much they enjoyed the run, time was not important, just soaking up the atmosphere and nature. Unfortunately (there’s always an “unfortunately” isn’t there....) although I had no problems during the run, or on the 10 minute walk back to the car, or after a half hour car journey, or even when I got home and stretched then soaked in a hot bath, later that day completely out of the blue, my left ankle became excruciatingly painful, just like my wrist did when I broke it some years ago. I couldn’t bear to touch it and certainly couldn’t stand on it and after a few hours I couldn’t stand the pain so gave in and went to the local hospital. To cut a long story short there’s no break but the nurse I saw was mystified as to the cause of the pain. It felt like a vice around my foot, but there was only minimal swelling. A half hearted diagnosis of gout was offered, even though she admitted the symptoms didn’t really fit. Anyway after a night of painkillers it’s loads better today. I can walk on it, although still a little stiff and sore, but I can’t yet flex my foot, so I have to go up and down stairs sideways, like a crab (but not as fast). Apart from being really annoying (as I don’t know what it was, although I suspect the trail race must have had something to do with it) it means I’ve had to pull out of a club relay race on Wednesday. I hate doing this at short notice but I must try to be sensible as I’m entered for another relay next week. Like this week’s relays each leg lasts two miles so I need to be sure I can get around that far without my ankle playing up. Still, I wouldn’t have missed that trail run for anything!
Sorry HS, I’ve been meaning to post on here for the last few days but just not very organised at the moment. Well done for holding the fort the last few days!
I didn’t run in my relays on Wednesday as I was still worried about my ankle, and as I had a physio appointment the following day I thought it would be sensible to wait until she’d had a chance to look at it. Fortunately it appears there’s no lasting damage and she did a lot of work on different parts of my ankle, my Achilles, calf and hamstrings, then finished off with ultrasound on the ankle. I was advised to include Pilates and/or yoga into my training so I did a yoga session yesterday, then today I had a 4 mile trot out this morning. I was surprised at how many aches and pains I had from the yoga yesterday (core and quads mainly) which was a bit of a surprise as I do quite a bit of strength work anyway. However I’m hoping Pilates and yoga will be beneficial in the long run (no pun intended) as I always have very tight hamstrings.
Welcome Jag1, this is a friendly and supportive forum, and usually a bit busier than it has been the last few days! What sort of distances do you run? We have a variety of abilities and experience on here, so whether you are just starting out or have been a runner for years you will fit right in.