Can't wait for this one!
Yay...I managed a short run tonight with no pain. Admittedly it was only a 3 miler and the pain didn't come on until 5 miles the other day. Still felt good to get out and complete a run with no gripes.
I also changed my running shoes....dunno if it made a difference but being brand new they were certainly a lot more 'boingy' than my old ones.
I was running in Brooks Adrenaline GTS12's but switched to a pair of Nike Pegasus +29's which correct me if I'm wrong or for a neutral runner. The Brooks were recommended by one of those shops that video you running and told me I overpronate. Hey Ho.
I've hopefully found someone who knows a bit about muscles and bones so a sports massage is on the cards. Thanks for the advice all of you.
I never expected this to happen, I thought I was invincible!!
Anyway's I can see in reality that my mileage has increased from zero to quite a lot over quite a short space of time. I'm at week eight of a 16 week training program that would have had me ready for a marathon way way before I needed, so I think I'm gonna go back to the beginning and start it again.
just 3 miles for me yesterday may do a gym session today or have a rest day will have to see how tied i am when i wake up
I'm lugified with a very gunky chest (not good for an asthmatic!) so no running today.
Swervin, I agree with AGF about maintaining your base mileage then starting a few weeks into your marathon plan. As part of my training I take 'step-back' weeks (as I'm getting on a bit) so I do 3 weeks hard training then take an easier week to let my body recover and consolidate the training. Oh and I can thoroughly recommend Sports Massage as it really helps iron out the knotty bits
6k run/walk for me today in 50 mins. Should have been 3 miles, but got engrossed in DVD I was watching and kept going till the end.
Gemgemx - I too was having second thoughts about full marathon after my first half marathon, but now find I am up for the challenge.
AmGettingFitter (AGF) wrote (see)
Swervin, suggest you do not start from week 1 but maintain week 8 with a rest week ( lower miles -say week 3) every 3rd week. You will be better prepared with a better base. Keep the mileage up with some rest weeks...
Thanks for the advice all of you? How can I maintain week 8 if I can't complete the longer runs?
Week 7 (which is the week I almost completed before pulling up with my knee) is four runs of 4, 6, 4, and 12 miles. Clearly (if the pain continues to manifest itself at a certain mileage) I'll have to reduce my mileage?
Forgive my ignorance.
Word there not so much hills as undulations and the one steepishs hill at 9 miles is only short and you get to run back down it as you turn around just past it once you get to 11 miles it's all down hill or flat
Swervin, Apologies. In that case go back to weeks 5 or 6 ( whatever you can manage ) and build up again. You not not need to go back to the start though - unless thats all you can manage. Maybe take 2 weeks at each Stage/week as you have plenty of time.
Also take a few "down/lower mileage" weeks if you are feeling tired.
Eg you could do W4, W5, W4, W6, W5, W7, W6, W8, W7, W9 etc
Also here are some tips to help with the knees.
a) Stretch legs everyday and do the Plank/Bridges/Squats a few times a week.
b)Buy some compression socks/tights and wear often when not running. It helps speed up recovery.
c) the vast majority of knee injuries for beginers are ITB issues. This is the tendon down outside of the leg. Its gets very tight ( hence the need to stretch/Strengthen/Compression). When it gets tight then it pulls on the knee area and you get knee pain. This is a very common injury/issue. So you need to keep your ITB loose. This means using either foam roller or "the stick". Google will help with both.
d) Jump in a bath of cold water after long runs for 10 mins......Its "ok" after a minute or two..
My half marathon on Sunday had 4 hills in the last mile. That is NOT fair play. Good job the marshals had jelly babies...
Ooooo, it's lovely listening to you first-timers! Brighton will defo be a good first marathon as it's a great atmosphere with lots of crowd support. Please be careful that you don't increase your mileage too soon and therefore risk injured - I speak from experience there as that's exactly what I did and I ended up with ITB problems
afternoon all just 4 miles for me yesterday did them on the treadmill as was expecting the gas man
Yesterday the weather forecaster promised no rain or hail , so off I went and it rained and hailed and I looked somewhat like a drowned rat when I got home again! Oh well, 6.5 miles done.
10 k race tomorrow 9.00 followed by 45 mins slow run to pick up miles for HM in 2 weeks time - got a plan for Brighton so feeling very motivated albeit somewhat daunted!
How's the knee Swervin Mervin? I use a foamie several times a week for IT issues - but my pain is also in the hip - iliac crest not so much the knee. It was bad this time last year and I had doubts about the GSR then, but rolling, stretching and taping helped a great deal and now it hardly bothers me at all. I do still stretch and roll regularly though! Hope there's some inmprovement.
struggling to stay motivated after cardiff half and keep the mileage up (always the same this time of year) need december to start so i can seriously focus on brighton. if i can manage to drag myself out of bed early enough i hope to get 10miles run tomorrow morning.
After 6 days off, I think the time has come- once I've done my Pilates class, time to have my first little run since my half marathon! Otherwise, my legs will be forgetting what to do...
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