wannabe ultra runner?

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27/01/2013 at 19:26

Tim, great picture. I did a mere seven miles or so today, with no snow, although the brief hail shower a couple of miles in led to several minutes of running very carefully on tiny marbles... Also ran the last 2 miles or so carrying a grass rake in one hand and edging shears in the other - freebies left by the curb; it seemed silly to bring the car back to get them!

Ankle is a lot better - still not 100% but the exercises and extra massage I've been doing finally seem to be paying off and I'm now hopeful it will be pretty much recovered in time for TT50 - what it will be like AFTER that, is a different matter. Oh well; at least I have 10 weeks from TT50 to SDW50.

27/01/2013 at 22:04

After an enforced week off, back at it today, great to catch-up with DAYTREKKER and scope out some of the Dukeries course changes. MR DAYTREKKER is looking decidedly sprightly, me not so much. Will be taking a look at some of the other changes next week.

27/01/2013 at 23:32

Yeah quite a good 10 miles race today, was pacing my friend to do sub 1:30. Quite comfortable with it except the ending where the uphill and headwind makes effort a little more.


Sad thing is that my ankle seems not that well yet

28/01/2013 at 14:41

nice pic Tim

28/01/2013 at 19:27
Dunno, it always reminded me of a sixties Batman after he had be sprayed with starch by the evil Lieutenant Laundry in some dastardly plan
29/01/2013 at 17:18

Cragchick, thanks, and sympathies. It's going to be interesting to see how it does/does not hold up to TT50, given the likely wet & slippery conditions. I'm trying to work out a bandaging pattern which will give it some support during the run - I can tape it, but my feet are likely to be soaked for most of the run so I don't think tape will necessarily stay on, while cohesive bandage should do...

29/01/2013 at 18:46

I probably gave the link to Athletes Treating Athletes - http://www.athletestreatingathletes.com/ - site run by an American physiotherapist who is also a triathlete, so she knows the running mentality!

As for mud, yes, anyone who's run part of the route in recent weeks (including me) has been posting reports, and it's looking to be awful footing - ankle-deep water in some areas and slippery claggy mud in others. I'd originally hoped for a decent time, but with the combination of the underfoot conditions and my ankle (which is not going to appreciate the extra strains associated with sliding in the mud) now I'm just hoping to finish within the time limit...

29/01/2013 at 18:51
Have you hurt your ankle Debra?
29/01/2013 at 19:17

cragchick: You're welcome.

TT50 is this Saturday.... no way it's going to dry up in time! I didn't blister while running the second half in the mud a few weeks go, so hopefully that won't be too much of a problem - but I'm taking blister plasters with me, of course.

Lirish: just a bit of posterior tibial tendon strain. Wish I was a masochist, that way I'd know Saturday would be fun!

29/01/2013 at 19:24
Sorry to hear that, hope it doesn't jeopardise your 5x50 this year
29/01/2013 at 21:30

Thanks. So do I. Hopefully I won't re-strain it too much on Saturday, and it will settle properly with a couple of weeks rest after that before I build again for SDW50. And I'm very glad I kept my fitness up after NWD50 so the reduced mileage during December hasn't got me too far behind where I should be.

31/01/2013 at 12:11

Rest well Debra,

Try Rocktape, I had it on my last year's triathlon, did back to back on Saturday Sunday, Injured on Saturday and with the aid of rock tape complete my second day without much problem.

31/01/2013 at 16:50

Why did you think it worked Eldred?

31/01/2013 at 18:04

GOOD LUCK WiB FOR Rocky Racoon !!

sorry i forgot to wake you at 4am

31/01/2013 at 19:03

Well, we won't be wading (or swimming) the TT50 - they're diverting us off the (flooded, impassible) Thames Path onto roads and lanes instead. Won't be quite the same. May be better for my ankle, or maybe not, with camber. Bet I'll be footsore by the end.

Eldred, you're the third person to suggest Rock Tape for me - I'll buy that next.

31/01/2013 at 20:13

I was having pain when I am doing inversion motion on my feet, the rock tape sort of restrict that direction of movement, applied by one of my friend who is a doctor. Kinesio tape works the same but she says it comes out when you swim and they cost almost the same. She say their clinic abandoned kinesio tape altogether and opt for Rock Tape instead.

It has other usage as well, tape your blister prone area. Although it's going to be pricey. hmm promotion too much of a product.. I am usually quite sceptical about products I am about to use

31/01/2013 at 21:29
I ask as I'm a kinesiology practitioner so when I see people bandy around rock tape or kenesio tape etc I'm wondering what they are seeing with it
31/01/2013 at 21:33

I tape my knee caps into place with it!!!

31/01/2013 at 23:03
slaneuk wrote (see)
I ask as I'm a kinesiology practitioner so when I see people bandy around rock tape or kenesio tape etc I'm wondering what they are seeing with it

I am not sure if it is placebo, but I am glad it works and I din become over relying on it. I never tape myself again since last july

01/02/2013 at 00:01
It's a bit more than a placebo. I'm aware that they try to say it can sort out a multitude of ailments. However, I think it's more specific hence my question. Anything more than homeostasis is just wishful thinking
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