ASICS Target 26.2 - 2013

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07/03/2013 at 22:02

Interesting. For the odd occasion when I leave the house I'm wearing exactly the same shoe that I run in (a different pair though). It's a very weird feeling - like my hamstring is clicking almost and then if I try to up the pace it occasionally tugs back. 

I will rotate my footwear and see if it makes a difference.

08/03/2013 at 00:14
dont talk to me about shoes....my new trainers which ive saved for the last 7 months and was excited about breaking in have been a huge disappointment. Despite being the same make and model as my old pairs they made my left foot uncomfortable on tue and my knee uncomfortable today...Think im going to stick with my old pair and hope that they will be ok for VLM!

thanks steve...I now know that buoys are for sticking inbetween my legs....now im sounding like Malcs!!
08/03/2013 at 13:26

Nice 18 miles today, 8 at MP

08/03/2013 at 14:24
Very nice going Sarah. Looking very good!
08/03/2013 at 18:50

Sarah - Just read about your 18'er on your thread. Wow! That's one heck of a pace you're putting on. Sounds like you breezed through it too. Well done!

After 2 days rest my werd knee tugging anomaly seemed fine today. I did several laps of the lounge just to make sure and as it felt 99% ok I headed out into the rain. A mile in and it was tugging away again. Really odd as last week on the 20 miler I felt nothing. It wasn't painful though, just felt like loads of the smaller tendons were all just pulled tight. 

So I stopped, stretched and gave it a bit of a prod and a rub. Set off again, up a hill and by the top there was no tugging at all. It felt like it wasn't 100% but it was as near as damn it fine. Carried on, got home all fine. Stretched fine too. I just don't get it. 

Knee is a little tighter now but it really is only a little.

I have a sports massage booked for next Tuesday. If it's all down to muscle tightness then hopefully that will sort it.

It does leave me feeling a bit unsure about my long run tomorrow. I'm sure you've all been there before - do you go or rest? I can't really see that resting is going to do much or is that just wishful thinking?

Edited: 08/03/2013 at 18:50
08/03/2013 at 19:41
Malcs - that sounds much more encouraging mate. I'd go for it but bail if it comes on and stays.

I was out this morning thinking all is well, no niggles and then my left ankle started feeling odd. Was thinking about stopping when it got better. Carried on and then my knee started feeling sore - and still does!! Oh no!

Sure it will be ok tomorrow. I reckon it's our minds playing tricks as marathon day approaches.
08/03/2013 at 20:19

Seems the bad knee fairy is out in force, fingers crossed we all get over it soon. Don't talk to me about new trainers, I've got three pairs that I've bought and I can't make use of any of them (Turns out that when you can't run buying new trainers doesn't help you heal any quicker)

On a positive note I 've booked myself in for Laser Eye Surgery next week so that will be something to look forward to

08/03/2013 at 21:16

Indy - it's amazing what they can do these days with technology. See if you can get the very latest which apparently allows you to see in 3D!

DS2 - OMG, well that was an eventful run then! This is the part of running that drives me nuts. Everything is going smoothly and then all of a sudden the body decides to play mind games with you...and I'm no good with mind games!

09/03/2013 at 08:45
Malcs - apparently it's much cheaper to get the 2D op and they give you a red and a blue contact lens to wear when you want to go 3D, either that or I'll pick up a pair of those glasses from my cinema Pity they can't use tech to sort my knees!
10/03/2013 at 19:10

Thanks Malcs, I did find it surprisingly ok and enjoyed myself. The big test will be east hull 20 next sunday with 10 miles at MP! Have two netball matches this week so im starting to feel very nervous (about sustaining knee and ankle injuries).

I would say that it sounds more like tight muscles/tendons Malcs than anything else. Lets hope its good news on tue. How did your running go this weekend?

Hi DS2 im hoping that your knee problem is all in the mind. Hows it been over the weekend?

Hi Indy let us know how you get on with the laser eye treatment - its something ive considered but im too big of a wimp when my eyes are concerned!

10/03/2013 at 19:18

I'm sure you'll smash the East Hull 20 next week Sarah - your training is going so, so well!

Indy, exaclty what kind of laser surgery are you having? There are a few different kinds... I'm actually not allowed to have it as I've had all sorts wrong with my eye over the years and had three major ops on it!

Hope everything clears up, DS2 and Malcs - plenty of RICE although, Malcs, rotating your shoes actually sounds pretty painful!

10/03/2013 at 19:27
Managed 14.75 at 7:50mm with no dramas this morning. Knee was fine today. Could still feel it yesterday so didn't run. Very sensible.

God, it was cold and windy today. Was going along early on feeling rediculously easy for first 7 miles and then changed direction and realised why. Finished with 7 very cold miles into the full force of the wind.

Feeling much happier!

Malcs - how did your run go?

Steve - glad to see you we're much better today. Onwards and upwards!
10/03/2013 at 19:35
Steve loves bacon wrote (see)

Indy, exaclty what kind of laser surgery are you having? There are a few different kinds... I'm actually not allowed to have it as I've had all sorts wrong with my eye over the years and had three major ops on it!

That sounds like a right nightmare! I'm going for LASIK Wavefront if that means anything to you

sarah osborne wrote (see)

Hi Indy let us know how you get on with the laser eye treatment - its something ive considered but im too big of a wimp when my eyes are concerned!

 

Will keep you posted. Good luck with the East Hull.



11/03/2013 at 08:26

DS2 - good to hear that the knee is fine now. I hate this time in training where things seem to pop up without warning. Don't like the sound of the conditions you had to deal with. I hate running into the wind.

On Saturday it was much warmer (well, less cold). First long run I've done in just a single layer. Really enjoyed it. Went up to Cutty Sark again but then back through Lewisham, Ladywell and up to Crystal Palace, timing it so I could see my son run in a schools race in the park. Had to cut it to 18 miles as I was running out of time but got there with a bit to spare.

Btw. when I say up to Crystal Palace' I really mean UP! Jeez - a good mile of up hill at the end of a long run is not what you want

My knee catching/tugging was kind of ok at the start but it was there for sure (though not as tight as Friday). Then after about 7 miles it eased off and I didn't feel a thing for the rest of the run. That further reinforces the theory that it's just tightness. If it didn't get any worse I'd settle for this and no other problems on race day but we'll see what the sports massage turns up tomorrow.

Anyway really happy with where I am and if I can eliminate the tightness I will be over the moon.

Sarah - I think the hardest thing for you will be holding back in the first 10! The 10 at MP will be a doddle, it's running slower that's your problem!  Thanks for the reassurance on the knee. I really hope it will just ease off with a bit of massage.

Steve - great to hear that you are back on the streets again (running, not homeless). If you can ease back into it slowly then you could be back sooner than you think. I say this with no medical knowledge whatsoever of course but I've found that once i can run without pain then each run becomes progressively better and usually within a couple of weeks I'm back again. It's getting to the running without pain bit that is often hardest. Anyway, do take it slow and best of luck!

Indy - ha, red and blue lenses, love it! Think of the savings you can make at the cinema with it all built in. Hey, maybe it'll go wrong some how and you'll end up with super powers! X-ray vision - every school boy's dream...

 

11/03/2013 at 08:36
Malcs - I'm hoping I may get bitten by a radioactive cheetah or something during the surgery...
11/03/2013 at 22:20
LOL - I have my fingers crossed for you

Blinking freezing today so I have taken a second rest day. Been snowing most of the day. Felt like I was in the Arctic on the school run.

Anyone been brave enough to venture out?
11/03/2013 at 23:09
Glad to hear that your knees are feeling better DS2 and Malcs...not sure I liked the sound of your run though DS2...think I would have been tempted to have caught the bus back!

Good luck tomorrow Malcs with the massage...im wondering whether to book into have another one or not.

I had a netball game outside today...was - 2 and snowing in the 2nd and 4th corner...quite pretty to be honest and not as cold as I thought, but I did have 5 layers on!!
12/03/2013 at 08:19

Thanks Sarah.

5 Layers! How could you move? 

The wind down here has made it feel like -7 in the day and -10 at night. Never felt it so cold in the sunny South. Might have to move back up North if things don't improve

13/03/2013 at 23:36
Chris always says that hes colder in yorkshire than in newcastle....all his friends laugh at him now when he wears a coat to go out....its not the in thing up there!
14/03/2013 at 10:36

Did my first track session in years last night. 9 miles in total with 6 x 800m, as follows:

3:13

3:13

3:13

3;13

3:12

3:07

Pleased with the consistency. Would have liked to be a bit quicker. Probably could have worked a bit harder as last one indicated but good to have a marker. Feeling much better this week. I think my cold a couple of weeks ago hit me harder than I had thought. Running faster felt more enjoyable.

We have had some odd weather down here this week. Snowstorm on the way to track last night but thankfully cleared by time I got there. Bloody cold though!

Sarah - you must have looked like the michelin man!

malcs - how are legs now? What have you done this week?

Clive - have you started new job yet?

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