wannabe ultra runner?

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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 18:35

I've found cohesive bandage to be quite effective in past so fingers crossed for you.  You posted a link a few pages back with some stuff about strengthening exercises and analysis of problems etc, are you able to repost it?  The mud around the area of the TT is pretty horendous if my memory serves me well (done a lot of fast hiking on the Ridgeway and surrounding area) so good luck with that!!

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 19:06

Thanks Debra, that's exactly what I was looking for, and we like that kind of mentality .

More risk of blistering is the other thing I find with that claggy mud - as it sucks and pulls on your shoes, more friction is created!! When is it again ... perhaps we'll have a freak heatwave and it'll all dry up by then ... well, we are having strange weather at the moment!

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.

29/01/2013 at 22:47

That's my problem Debra, I was just picking back up on decent mileage after the various school holidays, just starting to come together and now it's falling apart a bit before I'd got anything decent in the bag. Hey ho!  If I have to bail on current entered events, I have no doubt there will be others later in the year ... plus I have my own challenge I want to do come the Autumn ...

Anyway, fingers crossed for Saturday then.

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 21:24

Think I'll be another one for the rock tape too then.  Inversion of the ankles on boulder strewn coastal paths is what set off my ankle problems me thinks.  And then today, just to finish me off properly, was out on MBK - trying clip-in pedals for the first time this week ... well yes, you've guessed it - managed to stack it as failed to get feet out of clips in time ... and the upper bit of my sternum crashed onto the end of the handlebar - do NOT recommend this.  So have nice bruise coming out from that. On the plus side, ankle randomly feeling way better this evening. Of course, have booked osteo appt for it, but may need that for fallout from bike stack!!

Is WIB Rocky Racooning at the mo? Ooops, missed that ... GOOD LUCK!

and for you too Debra if I don't get on here again. Hope the tape stays in place, the ankle holds together and the road sections provide much benefit

31/01/2013 at 21:27

and on Saturday we have the Scottish Masters XC champs being hosted by our club. I am meant to be running but unsure re ankle although seriously tempted to tape it up and go for it. Have the likes of Angela Mudge (something of a female superhero in my book) and Kate Jenkins competing so even if I don't run I'll definitely be spectating. Not a hardcore XC course, but nice running none-the-less.

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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