cheers Sham, I worse a compeed plaster last week and it just curled up around during Sunday's race! I'm resting it over the weekend, and will probably just do gym cycling and rowing instead of the LSR.
The stuff they have at the hospital is industrial shizzle designed for pressure sores which can be cut perfect to size.... its helped me in the past... they may give you a bit extra too... it may be worth a visit.... my local minor injuries is awesome for things like that..
ok, nice idea! I run past that way often enough!!!!
I think the advise I am about to give is more preventative... when I did my first marathon I was blister prone so put vaseline down on foot and then medical tape around the foot. It works for me.
I had my sports massage and I can highly recommend it... I am a bit sore now.. but the advise he gave me was great. The leg with the 'LSR knee niggle' has been over compensating for the other leg when I run so I have a very knotted hamstring... It was pain/pleasure thing this morning. He told me that i had been stretching my hamstrong all wrong. (I have been stretching it against a treadmill or something above knee level, apparently all wrong for long distance runners, he made the point that you never elevate your leg that high when running) I should be stetching hamstring from step height.
He also advised that I should use a golf ball or tennis ball to unknot the muscle between the bum and leg... It really works im very happy now...
Dilemma though he said that I should not do my LSR this weekend (planned to do 13miles) not because I was injured, but because I would be sore the next couple of days and I should give muscles time to recover. This is easier said than done...do not know if mentally will be able to cope.. Have note had time to read post but will enjoy reading them when I get back home.
Fenn, unless your physio did some very strange work on you, I see no reason why you can't run 13 on Sunday, that's 48 hours after the work!
Just a short, sharp fartlek session for me today
Sham, I hadn't heard about ibuprofen affecting asthma. Thanks for that, I'll investigate as I do use it for inflammations.
Fenn, that's sound advice after your sports massage. The reason they said that was your muscles have been pummelled and stressed so need to recover before you stress them any more.
Pepe, well just carry on doing what you are doing then and you'll get round in one piece. 3 x 20 milers might be a bit heavy though as your body needs to be well recovered before the big day so I reckon you'd be better advised to restrict it to 2 x 20 milers. That way your body will have had plenty of time to recover. Remember to say hello if you go past me in VLM
Good luck with your long runs this weekend everyone
Fenn, this last week I have been trying out an online food and exercise diary, www.myfitnesspal.com which allows you to track what you eat. You don't have to be dieting, but it does show a few truths!
yes, 20, 20, 16, 20, 18 sounds good; even better if you can fit as much in during the week as that (i.e. LSR is 1/2 of the week's total)
in 2011 I did three 20 mile races in a row, all with PBs!
Hi all, sorry Ive had a nightmare week at work, so missed a few days posts. I've got a half marathon race tomorrow...I'm hoping my high stress level will make me run faster!!! will catch up properly tomorrow.
cycling and rowing work the knees quite hard, so are good if you want to build or exercise the muscles around without the pounding that running gives. Otherwise it's just swiming (not breaststroke) or upper body CV work like handcycling or rowing with straight legs.
Missed my usual Sunday LSR due to Uncle Jim's Babysitting Service but am free now so waiting for some clubmates to call! hopefully will get 10-15 miles done before it gets dark! saying that, don't care if it does get dark, so long as I'm back in the city by then!
Had a stonking 20 miler this morning. 15 miles of unrelenting hills and 5 flatter bits. I was expecting to struggle at some point or another, which is what usually happens, but I actually felt good all the way so am very happy. My right knee is a bit niggly which is a regular occurrence at this stage in my training so I shall be off to see Mary Massage Lady soon for an overhaul
Sorry to read some of you have been struggling
Denise, we all have days like that, so don't worry! Hope it went better for you today.
Fenn you were wise to stop before you did any more damage. RICE for you and definitely no running until it is fully healed. There's plenty of time to recover if you're sensible. I agree with Jim about cycling as it is hard on your knees. In the past I've done swimming holding onto a flotation board and just leg kicking to strengthen (but I hate swimming so it's not something I'd do again!).
- Oh and on the back-to-back marathons, the most I've done was 3 on consecutive weekends so this year's double followed by a streak seems quite normal, or what passes as normal in redheadland
Bigeater, definitely no need to do any more than 2 x 20 milers (it is your first marathon isn't it?, sorry if I'm getting confuzzled) and I question the need for a 16 and an 18 too and would go for one or the other, not both. Also, make sure that you have a really good taper period as that is something a lot of people don't do and they keep pounding out the miles relentlessly leaving not enough time to recover before the marathon.
Jen, hope your 1/2 went well.
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