ASICS Target 26.2 - 2013

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05/03/2013 at 09:23

Great to hear you're back Indy. Definitely take it nice and easy!

Steve - best of luck with that knee. Do let us know how the scan goes.

05/03/2013 at 09:59

Indy - good to see you back on here and running, even if it's early days!

Sarah - I don't know much about headtorches but I understand that it is best to have it on your head in a way that shines the light forward as opposed to backwards. I deally, you would have two on your head, one pointing forward and the other backwards so that it blinds the runners behind you and ensures that you remain in front of them.

This could be a winning tactic!

Hey Steve, we had a good day at Spitfire. The five of you are all going really well - you are doing this thread proud! Keep it up!

Malcs - how are your legs? I got out for an easy 6 miler this morning in 8:24mm. Felt surprisingly good. Which is probably just as well because I'm due to run again this evening and then 15 tomorrow morning! It was glorious on the downs first thing.

05/03/2013 at 11:40

Sarah will probably need a flashing blue light on top too and a two tone siren to warn other runners that she's coming! 

Sharing is fine Sarah - so long as you buddy up with someone who, hmm, how should I say? Someone who you're comforfortable exchanging sweat with (I was going to say bodily fluids but even I wouldn't stoop so low - oops, I just did). 

DS2 - legs are not bad. Not 100% but pretty good considering. Had a little recovery run yesterday which helped. The sun is shining here so I'm very tempted to do my MLR today. Will be taking it slow if I do.

8:24 is impressive - my recovery run was an ultra cautious 9:30 ish! 

Are you running the same tonight?


Edited: 05/03/2013 at 11:41
05/03/2013 at 12:59
Yeah will definitely take it easy, Physio's doing nothing on my knees so thought I'd try and build strength through running a bit at a time, slowly slowly catch a monkey as they say!

Been referred to a knee specialist at last so hoping they can shed some light on it and give me something solid, need to up my excercise levels to shift the spare tire that's rapidly growing around my midriff!

Just noticed you're having a scan on your knee Steve, I hope it's nothing serious, I've missed a lot of the posts over the last few weeks.
05/03/2013 at 14:31

Malcs - only ran at that pace because I was rubbish at judging it. I felt comfortable at that pace and it actually felt worse when I tried to slow down!

Meant to be a 4 miler tonight but may not have time now. Been manic at work today for all sorts of reasons and likely to be in the office until after 7pm.

05/03/2013 at 14:33

Indy - have you tried cycling at all - either on the road or on a static bike in a gym?

Steve - How is the knee feeling. What are they looking for with the scan? I hadn't realised you were still having problems. I remember reading that it was playing up after your last race. is that still the issue?

05/03/2013 at 15:50

DS2 - I believe they are worried Steve may have a cartilage tear. Needs a scan to confirm. If this is the case then he may need an op but they reckon they can manage it until Paris is over.

Running in the evening might not be such a bad idea btw. When I went out at midday it was roasting. I can't believe you can get such different conditions in the space of a couple of days. It was like freakin' summer. I'd be very happy if it stayed like this for a while though as it would be good to get used to running in the warm. 

Indy - You're definitely doing the right thing seeing an expert. Do you have a date yet? 

05/03/2013 at 16:07
No date yet, have thought about cycling but no bike and I don't have access to a gym, knee's very tender today, so maybe running wasn't as successful as I thought! I've taken up the 100 press up challenge to give me something to focus on and am trying to add some swimming to my routine.
05/03/2013 at 17:34

Hey Indy Defo gotta start swimming!! It really does help with the running when you get back to it! just watch which stroke, breast stoke can put pressure on the knee on the kick, where as freestyle shouldn't be an issue..... although I'm no doctor they may have something different to say!

05/03/2013 at 21:16

Indy - definitely build up slowly after so long out - you'll get back to where you were before you know it and it's better to do that than rush things and end up injured again! I've been doing a bit of swimming on and off as well and it's a great way to build up some cardiovascular fitness in a nice, low-impact way.

Tigs - I hadn't thought of that! Freestyle would definitely make a lot more sense... thanks doc

DS2 - Malcs is spot on - physio Sarah suspects a cartilage tear... but whatever happens, I'll be lucky to get the scan pre-Paris and there certainly won't be time to do anything about it so at the moment it's just a few days rest, lots of icing, anti-inflammatories and we'll see what happens... It's just going to be a case of making do and, if I have to, getting a piggy back over the last few miles from a passing frenchman! 


05/03/2013 at 22:29
Great advice Tigger, will give it a go.

I completely agree Steve, will be starting from scratch and building up very slowly so as to ensure I don't suffer again, I hope your knee issue is a minor one, I've been out of action for nearly 3 months and no real sign of any improvement. At least you can get a scan though, that's proving to be difficult on the nhs!
06/03/2013 at 15:08

WHOO HOO I finally have something useful to say!!

Haha just had an email and it reminded me of you guys.... especially RRR and DS2.... 30% of Compression socks open the email and it's all colours!!


06/03/2013 at 15:22

ooo and while I sound like I know what I'm on about..... If you borrow a pool buoy you can train without your legs....simples!!


06/03/2013 at 23:01
Haha, right then, so im looking for a two way headtorch on amazon!!!!

People might mistake me for a doctor or even a paramedic if I go for a blue light......wouldnt fancy their chances! Eww...theres always one that lowers the tone...Malcs!!!

Warm weather???? when did that happen??? By the time ive left work its been cold, wet and foggy!

Whats a pool buoy?? is it like those in the sea?
06/03/2013 at 23:10

Probably not the easiest thing to describe without sounding like Malcs, but it's something you put between your legs.

Basically it keeps your legs afloat without you needing to kick so you propel yourself through the water with just your arms... Looks a bit like this.

Edited: 06/03/2013 at 23:15
07/03/2013 at 08:55
Steve loves bacon wrote (see)

Probably not the easiest thing to describe without sounding like Malcs, but it's something you put between your legs.

Basically it keeps your legs afloat without you needing to kick so you propel yourself through the water with just your arms... Looks a bit like this.

Awesome, I could get some arm bands as well and just bob along...

07/03/2013 at 12:26

Forward that email on then Tigger!! Don't let us pay over the odds on our pink socks!

07/03/2013 at 15:46

Haha did wonder how you were going to answer that one Bacon!!

07/03/2013 at 19:43
Steve loves bacon wrote (see)

Probably not the easiest thing to describe without sounding like Malcs, but it's something you put between your legs.

Ha! No idea what you're talking about!

What's the latest on the knees Indy + Steve?

My hamstring issue has reappeared. Really weird because it didn't bother me at all at the Spitfire. If I hadn't run on Sunday with no issuse I'd now be in a massive state of panic. Instead I have decided to rest a couple of days and leave googling stress fractures for later down the line 

07/03/2013 at 20:30
Malcs - I know this may seem strange but I had something very similar two years ago and it was actually caused by a pair of casual shoes I was wearing. As soon as I stopped wearing them it disappeared and didn't reappear until I wore the same shoes a few months later for a day. Problem was they were too flat compared to my normal shoes.

Might be worth thinking about.
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