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Hi everyone, apologies for absence, I’ve just had a really busy couple of weeks and haven’t had time to catch up on here.
I’ll read back over everyone’s posts in the next day or so and follow up on them.
I’ve not been running much because after the club training session a fortnight ago I developed a very sore right foot, or rather sore right sole. It felt as if I had stood on a sharp stone, so I had the physio check it out. It turns out the head of the metatarsals between the second and third toes were inflamed, possibly due to the plyometric nature of the drills at the training session, and/or the hills session immediately afterwards. I took the hills up on my toes running as fast as I could, and truth to tell I pushed harder than I normally would, due to a fellow runner encouraging me. The following day I ached all over so tried to stretch the aches out with a spot of yoga, and the next day I managed a 7 mile run, but my foot was so sore I realised a trip to the physio was in order. Fortunately she told me I didn’t need to take a break from running and rather to my surprise encouraged me to continue with drills, but to build up gradually to the ones that involve high skips and bounds (basically anything that involves coming down hard on one foot). By this Monday I felt my foot was ready for another run so did a hill session in the local park (minus the drills beforehand), a Pilates session yesterday and today had a very hot and tiring 6 mile run. My foot seems fine, so I’m hoping the inflammation has settled down now.
Did anyone see the interesting article in Athletics Weekly (or AW as it renamed itself last week) about the importance of balance for older athletes/runners? AW interviewed some Masters runners who had been studying some recent research regarding balance and the older runner, and these Masters now incorporate Pilates twice a week into their training and also practice balancing on one foot. They all say they have noticed improvements in their performance. The research was carried out by Manchester university and was originally published in AW in April. I’ve attached a link to the original article (I have no idea whether this link will work, but here goes) it’s quite long, but really interesting -
I’ll read back over everyone’s recent posts tomorrow hopefully. In the meantime I hope you’re all fit and well and no-one has been deluged by floods, or burnt to a crisp. What crazy unpredictable weather we’re experiencing at the moment!
We’ve had really hot weather here today, far too hot to run. (Shouldn’t complain, I know)
I finally got an appointment with a dietician to discuss what changes I can make to my diet to prevent my blood sugar readings tipping over from pre-diabetes (which they have been for the last few years) to full blown diabetes. It seems I’m already eating all the right things and avoiding all the wrong ones so the dietician really couldn’t suggest anything, other than to advise I eat more carbs and have lots of milky drinks, as I’m underweight and sometimes struggle with energy levels when training hard. She was very sympathetic, telling me about a friend of hers who is in his seventies, is stick thin and very active but is also pre-diabetic. Apparently we have the rather dubious consolation that if either he or I should ever develop diabetes it won’t be our fault. Hmm.
Moan over for today, back to running matters.
I see both Red and HS have been clocking up some impressive mileage as usual. I hope you are none the worse for your dip in the ditch HS. Good job it happened near the end of your run, it’s can be very uncomfortable running in wet squelchy shoes. I stopped buying RW a couple of years ago as I found some of their articles contradicted each other (whether advice on training, exercises or nutrition). I felt there was little editorial management of content. Also I complained about the dearth of articles about, or for, older runners and was promised future issues would remedy this, but as one year on things hadn’t improved I cancelled my subscription. AW was recently taken over by the Great Run company, so does tend to feature and promote their events, but still gives good coverage of other athletic events.
Good idea Red to get consensus on pace strategy before doing the 100 miler. Have either of the other two ladies done that sort of distance before? If not I suppose it must be easy to set off too fast. It’s a good thing you have experience of ultras and can therefore give them good advice to prevent any misfortunes or DNFs on the day. (A very belated happy birthday to you x)
WtnMel how odd to move house to just two doors away, but I suppose your neighbours must have had a good reason for doing so. I bet it causes some confusion when they notify the various authorities of their new address though! I wonder if the removal company gave them a special discounted rate? Great photo of your Summer Sizzler/Drizzler race, you’re looking very speedy. Hope the golf practice goes well, bit of luck finding out about that free round of golf at Bowood House. I would second HS’s recommendation of trail running in preference to road running. Give it a go, see what you think (I’m sure I heard it does wonders for golfing prowess )
I’m hoping to get out for a run tomorrow morning if I can fit it in.