Amsterdam 2007

Marathon, half & 10k

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29/06/2007 at 17:08
Still no training plan to follow. Just done my first run since injury under 7mm average so just looking for improvement in pace and distance until end of July the start throwing in 20+ milers on rest days.
29/06/2007 at 21:09
Have entered New Forest Half on 16 September as part of my programme - running it with half a dozen Forumites I met through this year's FLM. Still posting on thread 2 months later.
30/06/2007 at 09:02

Week 2 of physio and re-hab and I feel my injury is getting worse, is this a no pain no gain situation?
I think I am going to have to pull out of A/Dam and concentrate on recovery and Edinburgh next year as I really wanted to do a PB of 4.15 in October and dont want to risk a serious injury that stops me running for months, 5 weeks is bad enough. I have developed a serious case of runners envy as when I see people out running I am filled with jealousy, not a good trait to have at all.
Has anyone recovered from a stress fracture and plantar fasciitis within 2 months who is a recreational runner not a serious been there done that runner? Am I sounding desperate and needy, definitely I just want to run again and enjoy the outdoors (stamping only my good foot on the floor)
30/06/2007 at 10:23
Jane64 - I think you would be wise to pull out of A/D. Stress fractures generally take at least 6 weeks to heal - sometimes a bit longer. Pf cannot also be persistent and has a nasty habit of recurring. To plunge straight into a heavy marathon buildup, after injuries of that nature, would be foolhardy. You risk picking up another injury/re-injuring yourself - and, as you point out, being out of running for 6 months rather than 6 weeks. Quite apart from that - assuming the fracture and/or pf are sorted by the end of July (which I think is rather optimistic) that leave would you with only 2 quality months of training before your taper. Indeed, the lack of time would probably encourage you to overdo things. The best thing you can do is to ascertain the cause of the injuries, take the necessary recuperative and preventative measures. Once the the injuries have resolved begin a very gradual build up in the late summer/autumn. Edinburgh will be here before you know it and you will be fit, fast and healthy. Look upon the next few months as part of the foundation building process. The satisfaction of racing a marathon will be deferred - but time and effort won`t be wasted. Good luck.
30/06/2007 at 17:08

It's always a tough call, but I think Beetle is spot on. I had to defer for London in 2005 and it tore me to bits. But I've come back stronger and better for it. I promise that however much you are able to run after your time away it will feel great and you will cherish it (although of course it will also be a bit frustrating!). Good luck.
30/06/2007 at 20:41
Jane - I really can't advise you as mercifully I haven't had such an injury. You could get a second opinion from another Physio?
01/07/2007 at 08:22
Beetle Jools and Didds many thanks for your advice and input.

I have cancelled A/Dam and have a mixture of sadness and relief.

When I look at what is happening in the world today my problems are zilch so its time to put it into persepective and get on with the recovery process and maybe running in Barcelona in March and definitely Edinburgh in June.

Never thought I would be shedding tears over the cancellation of a race.

All the very best with your training and enjoy the marathon.
Blisters    pirate
01/07/2007 at 12:26
Are entries still open?
01/07/2007 at 12:58
Blisters - I entered online via the website but I think that you can even enter on the day (certainly possible in previous years I am told)

Another decent week of training completed with close to 50 miles run (I chose not to run on Monday in the torrential rain as I was only going to do a recovery run anyway)

A decent 2 hour run this morning but no more than that as I am mindful that I have to do my next LSR on Thursday (Mr C away at the weekend) and I would like to do closer to 2.5 then. Need to do some speedwork inbetween too.

Good runnings all.

Jane - sometimes just making a decision is a relief in itself, you will come back stronger I am sure
01/07/2007 at 13:12
C'mon, Blisters, you know you want to...
Blisters    pirate
01/07/2007 at 14:42
Jools, of course I want to.

However, it's like this:
I could do Leicester the week before, but my wife has just arranged for some good friends to stay with us that weekend.

I've just priced up the transport to Amsterdam for 4 people, with accommodation from Sat through to Tuesday.
Flights £338, hotel £400, food extra.

The jury is out, bugt we may move the date that our mates are coming.
Blisters    pirate
01/07/2007 at 14:45
Or Dartmoor Vale is an option I suppose. I bet 200mins will spot that thought.
01/07/2007 at 14:47
I wasn't sure about the Leicester course profile - it still hadn't been finalised when I was making my autumn marathon plans and just decided to go for it and book anyway. But I'm forgoing a 'proper' holiday and spending too much on a jolly to Amsterdam to run instead. Better run a good time...
Blisters    pirate
01/07/2007 at 23:43
Yes, it has all the right ingredients for a great long weekend break - or a very long weekend.

If there's a Mr B, take some flexible friends as the diamonds are great value (arf arf)

and the food is fantastic.
02/07/2007 at 08:49
I'm feeling like I'm back on track now, I did 14.5 miles yesterday. It was slower than I was running before Edinburgh, but it's nice to get the distance up again and I got to the end feeling I could have carried on for at least another few miles which was good.
02/07/2007 at 10:20
WOW 14.5 miles, good on you!

I mamanged just under 2 on Saturday and was chuffed not to have too much of a pain in my Achilles this morning!

A slow 2 miles today (it's the start of my 16 week training plan so just steady at the moment)
02/07/2007 at 11:05
My 16 week training plan starts today with a rest day!!
02/07/2007 at 20:53
Musketeer - mine too! Well, it does now! Really must get down to it tomorrow though.
02/07/2007 at 21:40
I did 11 this evening and seriously ran out of energy at the end. Tomorrow is most definitely a rest day!
02/07/2007 at 21:49
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