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20/03/2013 at 14:55
Minni - I think you're amazing
20/03/2013 at 15:00

O4S: starting to cross me fingers now (it's 4pm here )

Yeah, where are Mr. Z and cookster ?

col: sounds like a pretty tough sesh. I'd struggle to hit the right paces ... I'm shite at pacing myself and switching between 5k pace and steady sounds rather unmanageable!

20/03/2013 at 15:42

Hi everyone.

I was wondering if I could call on your experience and knowledge and get a bit of advice about the foam roller.

My knee is giving me a bit of jip so I have been rolling every night recently. When I am rolling it really hurts the area I'm rolling and I believe this is a good thing ? I will roll the ITB for about 10 minutes but even after those 10 minutes my ITB still hurts, varying from sore to excrutiating. I dont know if the pain should go way after a few minutes or maybe I'm not rolling properly ?

Any tips, help or advice would be greatly appreciated.


20/03/2013 at 16:46
Cart - Sorry no experience with the big, hard nobbly things. I think the girls on here use them more!

O4S - Fingers crossed ready.

Minni - I'm boarding the plane already!
20/03/2013 at 16:55

Come on O4S, what's this all about??? I hate being kept in suspenders!

Carter - Sorry, i'm the same as Simon, in so much as i don't use them any more. I used to use them, but seemed to pick up an injury in the next few days, so ditched the roller there and then.



20/03/2013 at 17:28
Minni- you're the best. That's all there is to it. I'm convinced I wouldn't have made anywhere near the progress i have without the inspiration of this thread and your presence. Not only that its still fun too.
Chick-,I'm starting to feel a bit out numbered without MrZ and Cooks and with Simon recovering from injury.
Oomph- I never got round to buying the roller though have tried one occasionally in the gym. Not sure about them. Any suggestions for stretches to ease ITB?
Simon- whereto?
Col- nice session. I only do those on the TM. Can't manage pace any other way
Done my MLR , 15 miles av7.43mm pace. First 4 very hard felt as though I was wearing lead shoes then warmed up and did most of the last 7/8 around 7.30 pace.
Easy tomorrow,maybe a day off even.
20/03/2013 at 17:53
O4S- I crossed my fingers. Hope it worked
20/03/2013 at 18:52

Minni, you kicked butt in awful conditions when loads of people would have put their feet up in front of the TV   Well done for getting through it, and also for venting as that looks like it really helped!  Nicely done 

KFC, awesome biking plans!  That's a great post-VLM challenge to have.  Looking forward to hearing how you get on.  I hope you feel better soon ((()))

Carrot, how's the foot doing?  You rolling on a golf ball yet?  Hope Biffy's good, I love their stuff!

, I'd like to say Italy sounded idyllic, but 14 hilly miles???   I hope it was a bit warmer than the UK...

Oompa, fabulous work on the club run   I am so happy for you!!!

Spoons, I'm with O4S on this one, that's my MP!!  But that's great to hear you're making real progress.

Brolish, how's the stretching going?  That's great to hear you're off for a run tomorrow.  Let's hope it all feels good 

AA, I'm with you on looking forward to the taper.  Or rather, my legs are...!!

O4S, glad your back's settling down.  I love the fact you've booked a pre-race hair cut.  I'm sure you'll look very glam crossing the finish line   I hope everything went well today.  Have a retrospective finger cross from me!

Chick, scorching MLR   What time are you targeting?

2old, I had a similar niggle a few years ago with my knee which was put down to tight ITB.  Lots of foam rollering and then some glute exercises to help keep balance in the leg and stop the ITB getting irritable.  Now just read AA's post.  I hope we're both right!  Re.stretches for ITB, stand up, put one leg behind the other (left) and then take the same side arm as the leg behind (left) and lift it up and then bend over towards the other side (right).  Does that make sense?

Col, sounds like a few of us felt like we had duff sessions last night - except I was the only one who ditched it in favour of a recovery run   So technically, I was the only one who DID have a duff session cos it lasted all of about 2 miles   You still got out there and did the work, well done!

Free, the Mike Tomlinson interview had me in tears at one point   Or maybe it was just the wind in my eyes.  No one saw.......


20/03/2013 at 19:03

So I had a really rubbish day today.  I was totally grumpy and really fed up.  This was partly due to my lack of session last night.  This was not due to the fact that I ditched it, I knew instinctively that my legs needed a rest and that pushing on was not the right thing to do, so I actually felt quite pleased with myself for being sensible for once.  I think the problem was more because I felt really sluggish and had really been looking forward to getting rid of a bit of nervous energy with a tempo effort.  I'm revising for a professional exam on Sunday and it is honestly the most boring paper I think I will ever have sat - maybe with the exception of my physics GCSE.....  Anyway, I had a shocking day of revision largely due to self-sabotage, and it was 35 degrees today so I was not looking forward to my 13m MLR tonight.  BUT, it all went really well   My legs felt sooooooo much better than last night so taking it easy was a good call.  I am obviously getting better at running in the heat as I felt strong and comfortable throughout, in fact the only thing that troubled me was a headwind so it managed to skew a couple of my miles, but the main body of my session was 9:05-9:15 m/m and it felt good.  I know I ran my Sunday 20 too fast so I have learned that lesson and it's all going to be 9:00-9:45 for LSRs/MLRs now.

20/03/2013 at 19:26

Thanks everyone - sadly it didn't work but the support made me feel a lot better.  I had my six monthly check-up with the oncologist today and two more malignant tumours were confirmed - I was suspicious about one of them [on my right hand] but the one on my leg was a bit of a shock and not exactly welcome at the moment!! 

Anyway both need to be removed and require plastic surgery [those of you on the forum this time last year might remember the saga of the ear operation which was fortunately a month earlier]Plastic surgeon is away next week so appointment on 2nd April - suggested operation date 16th April!!!  I am going to see if they can fit me in on 9th or if it is OK to wait until 22nd [although not great for the 100 mile event].  Anyway you might see me sporting two smart sets of blue stitches on the green start........

Anyway to work off my frustration I headed out for a 9 mile with 5 at HMP - felt good and kind of cathartic.  Ho Hum, such is life.....

20/03/2013 at 19:43
(((O4S))) I feared that might be the reason for wanting some good luck. I know you've been through this so many times but it can never be easy. Take care of yourself xx

SS - great to get such a good run in after a crap day!
20/03/2013 at 19:44
(((O4S))) you're one tough cookie. Only you would try to fit tumour removal and plastic surgery around marathons and 100m events. And that's what we love about you.

Just back from run and need to eat them I will read SS's essay!
20/03/2013 at 19:46
(((((O4S))))) I'm so sorry. What bad news but your positivity always shines through. Please please look after yourself.
20/03/2013 at 19:48
SS - great news about your run tonight. Well done. I dunno how you run in that heat though
20/03/2013 at 19:50
Carter - where abouts is your knee pain? Massage and foam rolling the ITB should relieve a lot of the pain. Do you have pain just running or all the time?
20/03/2013 at 20:00
(((O4S)))- you are one tough lady! Lots of virtual hugs to you. Hope you manage to get it sorted in time for or after the VLM. Take care of yourself.
Sheep- yay, can't believe how quickly you've improved- so so happy for you and very glad to hear you're not suffering in the heat as much as you did the last time round. Just pls pls leave the heat in Dubai!!!

The stretches are going ok- yawn. Currently covered with frozen peas and praying to the shin gods for tomorrow
20/03/2013 at 20:22
(((O4s))) Really sorry about the news today. Puts my moaning about crappy revision into perspective. Let's hope the surgical team can work around VLM
20/03/2013 at 20:47

((O4S)) - big hugs. Wll blue stitches not get you a blue start championship place?

20/03/2013 at 20:48
O4S - (((((((())))))))), I'll come on my bike and give you a real one if you lived a bit nearer.

2old - From Minni's previous post, I'm on my way to 'shitsville Arizona'.

Carot - If it's PF, as Ant said ball rolling on your soul, or should that be sole. But complete rest has worked best for me unfortunately.

Bro - You need those 110% compression clothing, where you can wear calf guards with built in slots for ice packs on the shins, and then you can carry on with the hoovering (only joking)
20/03/2013 at 21:35

Tonight was a gruelling 90 minutes gym session. Absolutely f***ed now. Everything aches too.

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