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04/03/2013 at 14:25

I really think it is all down to exactly what you said - getting your head around it! Your body can be pushed to breaking point and still bundle on, your mind however is a different beast!

If you mind says your done guess what? Your done! Ive worked really hard to try and break this beast but I still get caught out

04/03/2013 at 15:39

The other problem I have these days is boredom - my long runs in the past were nearly all done in a group of at least 2, but more often than not larger groups,  so the time went quickly.  

04/03/2013 at 15:49

That is a really good point! Boredom is a really tough one! I think that's when having a race in the back of your head helps. I would like to run with other people but most people you ask to come out for a quick 10 mile run stare at you blankly or with a look of horror! Forget asking if they want to join you on a 20, that's just never going to go down well

04/03/2013 at 23:01
Phew! Very tough very very chilly 16.45 miles tonight. The cold got to my legs reducing me to a walk on about 3 or 4 occasions! Catch up properly tomorrow, night all
05/03/2013 at 09:46

Morning peeps!

My knee this morning needs a little support....lets here it for the knee!  *claps and wolf whistles and the crowd goes wild!*

Sorry, any who! Tweaked my knee a little last night as it was so cold my technique suffered a little. Ive not really been stopped by the cold before, bad choice of clothing is my conclusion. Got a knee support on today and will take a few days off, munch some painkillers and then man up and get going again! 

The biggest achievement last night was the mental battle I had. To start with I didn't really want to go out, fixed this problem by going out anyway!

Next came the cold and the overwhelming urge to turn around, fix? Keep running.

Cold making my legs hurt, ran till they went numb then ran till they hurt again. 

Walked, ran, ate, drank, hurt, ran again.

Home, bath, food, bed, heaven!

2013 - 141.84

05/03/2013 at 17:16

Hi all, apologies for my absence but life a little hectic and a rather sore hip flexor has been rested over the weekend. Went out for a gentle 4ish miles this morning with visibility approximately 3 feet! I may as well have been on the dreadmill as cantering through beautiful countryside. Anyway, must dash.....lots to do and United v Real is a must tonight.

2013 – 64.13

06/03/2013 at 20:12

What did the doctor say to the runner when presented with a dodgy leg? Yup, I recommend resting it until the pain goes away. Bet you all knew the punchline to that one!  Maybe it's just my doctor (who looks about 10 and whose medical wisdom has in the past involved telling me to think of my menopausal hot flushes and night sweats as tropical moments), but I wanted just a bit more than "recommend rest". He did say i could self refer to the NHS physio but around 4 months wait... I know I could see a private physio but spent a fortune on one this time last year and feel guilty about spending the family treat money on myself again. Sorry for ranting but it is soooo frustrating not being able to run when my mind and heart really are ready to resume the challenge. To recap, bit of a swelling behind knee initially then pain up through front of thigh into groin and then down calf. Swelling went down quickly behind knee and went from upper leg so ruled out Bakers cyst for knee and IBT. Rested for two weeks then on Sunday went ot gym with no pain in leg, cycled for 30 mins to warm up then tried treadmill only at 10min/mile pace and after just 1km got pain to upper calf. Stopped more or less immediately, but the need for some exercise drove me to 40 mins on cross trainer which didn't feel like it was making my leg any worse. Stretched, went home, smothered calf in voltarol and lilmped for rest of day. Calf pretty tight when I first get up but then loosens off as i walk but if I try to engage in any type of running action off it goes again.Considering going for some ultrasound sessions (much cheaper than physio) but not sure if that will do more harm as I have no idea what is wrong. As I sit here typing I don't feel any aches or pain, its just when I try to run. Have 10km race booked for 17th March and had my heart set on this being my comeback race to give me a benchmark for setting an ultra target for next year. Please someone say something to make all this go away as i'm also comfort eating and not shifting the excess calories

07/03/2013 at 06:25

5k Run done, will seriously catch up as best i can tomorrow. The thread moves on so quick!

Light drizzle this morning which was very pleasant, i could actually see where i was going too.

2013 – 67.23

07/03/2013 at 09:23

Lulusmum -  You have my sympathy I picked up a calf injury in January. I rested it for a couple of days then went out again. Didn't even get 50 metres. Rested it for a week then managed about half a mile before it went again. Then did what the quack said and gave it 4 weeks and that did the job and it has been fine since. Each time I got the injury it was painful going up and down stairs for a couple of days, but was then fine. I could walk several miles without a problem. 

It does seem a bit like a doctors waiting room amongst us all at the moment with niggles and aches abounding.

Out yesterday for a 7 mile run at just over 9 min mile pace. Just half a mile less than my longest run since I restarted. Happy to say I cruised round. The plan is to up the distance of the long run by a mile a week leading up to the May half marathon. 

I'm following one of the Runners World plans as its got a good mix of sessions. Tomorrow is the dreaded hill session. 

Joy of joys the snow is forecast to return here tomorrow for a few days.

2013 - 67.27      -   amazingly thats just 0.04 ahead of Just Run

07/03/2013 at 10:08

lulusmum - hmm calf problems? Rest is always a good one BUT you could always try some calf compression to help speed up the resting it works for me!

They are not cheap but cheaper than physio!

I use the ones from Compressport, personally I find them tough to run in but for recovery they are amazing! shop around and see if you can pick up a bargain.

Remember to measure your legs.......twice! 

Well done to everyone for still getting out there!

Going to try a short one tonight just to see how the leg is going, feels ok but to be honest I dont feel like im in any rush ha ha ha! Resting is nice

Edited: 07/03/2013 at 10:09
07/03/2013 at 21:10
Hey all,

Have been rubbish this week, only one small 2.5m run, need to give myself a giant kick up the backside....

Lulusmum - sorry to hear about your injury, I think most of us can relate to that frustration, when you're desperate to get out there but your body won't play ball. Whatever you decide, why don't you get on that NHS waiting list anyway, a 4wk wait will pass quickly. Even if its just assessment and advice, at least then you'll know what you're looking at to take it forward with the ultrasound

Hope everyone else is going well
07/03/2013 at 21:56

+1 Gammineez regarding the waiting list, get someone to have a peak.

With that in mind!

Tonight I ignored my twinging knee and my instinct to play xbox instead of going out.

Had a few walk breaks every time the knee got a little too grumpy then picked it up again when I couldn't be bothered to wait anymore.

Grumpy knee said "enough is enough!" at 5 miles and I responded to this by putting my big boy pants on and made friends with the pain.

Grumpy knee didn't like this and promptly buggered off for the next couple of miles, much to my delight.

"Are you seriously STILL bloody running?!" Grumpy knee chimed in. "I believe I am Mr Knee!" said I with a slight grin. "FINE! See if I care when you wake up in the morning!" was the retort. "The morning is not my immediate concern Mr Knee but I shall strike up an agreement with you, play nice and you can rest the last mile, do we have an accord?"

I shook hand with knee and so the agreement came to pass at mile 12. 

1 gentle mile stroll home to finish 13 for the night. Much to the puzzlement of both myself and Mr Knee we some how strolled home in 2.30!?!!? Only 11 minutes shy of my PB for that route!!  I have no idea how as it felt like a bit of a shambles of a run but hey! Don't knock it right?!


Edited: 07/03/2013 at 21:57
07/03/2013 at 22:00

hmm seems to be a problem with the edit button?

13.08 miles to push me over 150! yay!


2013 - 154.92 yeah! And what 150?!

08/03/2013 at 09:15

Good run - B2B not sure what is going on I couldn't edit yesterday and have an error on page and a Path

6 miles run each day nursing my hamstring through it all without resorting to over stretching it with speed work.   Should hit 40 miles + again this week and a reduction in mileage then between next week and Braintree in April - where my old training buddy goes for his 60th County Medal.

08/03/2013 at 11:03

That's a good solid week there Grendel!

I cant seem to string runs together of late, maybe the arrival of my new vest will spur me on? Should hopefully be here soon, I ordered it on the 27th December!!! 

I seem to be stuck on 2 long runs?! Need to really get my long runs above 20 soon...

For now rest is needed as Mr Knee isnt happy today

08/03/2013 at 12:27

Lulusmum - You could try a grid roller AKA Orange roller of doom. It helped me but I was nearly recovered by the time I got it. Anything that painful must be doing something.

A hilly 4 mile off road run around Creag Coinnich in light snow today. Anyone who has read 'Feet in the Clouds' may remember this as the site of the worlds oldest recorded fell run. Though they go up it and I went round it.

Quiet weekend coming up, having been 80%-100% occupancy for the last 5 weekends we are just over 10% this weekend. Who knows why, but the forecast certainly isn't encouraging people to come. 

09/03/2013 at 08:01

Nice slow 5.23 to ease my slightly sore hip flexor back into it (put my laces through a few too many footballs last week ).

2013 – 72.46

09/03/2013 at 08:14
Morning all!

Spent my Friday night 'building' my own huaraches Shoe nerd alert! ( thanks for Xero shoes tip B2B) Had a little run up the road in them, have high hopes for a blister-free summer.

Off to Bath spa today, long run tomorrow.

Happy running
09/03/2013 at 21:21

Woke up early this morning, with a 6 mile run planned - really didn't feel like it. Had a headache, and a raging thirst - turned the alarm off, took two extra strong anadin, a long drink of sparkling mineral water - ran 8 miles - will try and do the 6 tomorrow

10/03/2013 at 17:33

So here we go then, yesterdays promised 6 miles, braced myself and headed out into the arms of a howling snow storm. Turning round I grabbed my hat and mentally calculated how many miles I needed to reach 40 for the week.  38
from 40 is 2, 2miles to run. Turning into the maelstrom that was this weird spring morning, and leaving Nathan watching part 1 of the Top Gear special for the umpteenth time, I headed out. 2 miles just 2 miles to do. Easy, you'd think. But no couldn't manage it.  8.25 miles later I walked back in doors, cold wet what a brilliant morning to be out doors. Happy Sunday. And yes Nathan was still watching the Top Gear Special!!!!

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