Thought I'd stick my head in here and say hello after a long while - some of you will remember me As always seems like there's some solid training happening. Ive lurked now and then so remember the odd thing - SL seems like hes doing the mountain running as is Dan A, good luck both. Selbs pulled off another pb in London? Tough luck to Jools for the pre London injury which forced her out. Has TR had some sort of vertigo thing? Hope that's settled. Usual amounts of mind boggling mileage.
My current situation is that I'm recovery from a ME/CFS whatever you want to call it which was officially diagnosed early this year. Some of you will remember I had glandular fever knackered my immune system years ago. Anyway seems the perfect storm last year truly shredded it again - a winter bug, running the Nationals xc when I blatantly shouldn't have done and finishing off a full on Physio degree. Just couldn't pick up after all that and ended up very run down unable to do much at all and really in survival mode for a while.. Not ideal to start your Physio career. Anyway thankfully I'm now much much better (recently climbed a peak in the lakes slowly) and hesding in the right direction. I do loads of walking and even break into a brief jogg now and then just to remind the body. I've actually started yoga which I do twice a week - new opportunities mans all that.
Anyway the grand plan is to start some walk/jogging soon and "hopefully" be running short distances by end of summer p/early autumn. Then maybe get involved in some xc early next year end if the season and if all goes well might aim at a half next spring. It's a game of cat and mouse though - try and prod the immune system to progress but not too much to go backwards. It's the hardest type of training and maybe it's more akin to snakes and ladders, lol I've done myself a weekly training schedule which really helps. It's been a very depressing and frustrating time be honest I've worked with people with stroke and cancer in my job so that puts it all in perspective
Im currently doing my MSK outpatients rotation so if anyone has any knocks I can try and offer some advice when I pop in now and ther. Happy running everyone.
p.s CW - I might be in Borrowdale watching the race this year if you're running, will let you know
LS21 - where are you in the lakes? Assuming I recover which I plan to at some point I might be hesding NW from London. Planning to be in London for about another year or so to get some experience at my current trust then move back north either Newcastle or Lake District.
CW - hope your Borrowdale training is going well, I might be over to watch and do some training, will let you know. Not fit enough currently for a long race.
Dan/SL - good luck in your race, sounds ace. I need to go back to Chmonix sometime.
Thought id stick my head in for a quick hello. Finally finished my physiotherapy degree recently and currently enjoying NOT studying or thinking about physio stuff, lol Degree classification confirmed on Friday but knowing my marks already I've got a 1st. 4 years study including a year of Open UnI and some proper graft.....tough old course that one. Just need to find a job next! Once I've done my outpatients rotation I'll no doubt be able to provide some useful tips on here.
Just starting to get back into some running and getting the fitness up again now I've got some time with the course finished. Heading to lakes with Dad for 4 nights Sunday so I'll do a little training on hills then. Just an easy summer for me though. Aiming at some autumn fell races then it's cross country and back to road racing. Think a half pub attempt for next spring might be on cards.
Steve - Seems like you've had some good advice already but I'll give you a semi-physio angle seeing as I'm 3 weeks away from qualifying. It certainly doesn't affect everyone but one of the issues with road running on mostly flat surfaces is that the same muscles get worked continuously without much variation. I'm not necessarily big into gait analysis but in running the glutes only really kick in on on inclines meaning the hamstrings take on the bulk of workload. This means the glutes can become inactive which can also have implications for gait due to fatigue over months of high volume training. This can lead to other muscle groups becoming overworked/overstressed which then (sometimes) lead to niggles or longer term issues. Again some people can get away without issues but I think this relates to some of my previous injuries.
Getting assessed by a physio would certainly give you some insight into the problem but you may just need a period of rest/recovery to let things settle and importantly some different types of training. Cycling is good strength training which switches on the glutes and swimming is obviously a great all rounder while some basic strength training (with exercises from a physio) might help too. In short: get some physio advice, allow a period of proper recovery, switch things up with different types of exercise for a bit and then you may find you come back much stronger.
Matt3 - 3 peaks is probably my spring 2016 target to build endurance for a proper go at Ennerdale, Wasdale, Borrowdale next year. How did you find 3 peaks? Mate of mine said be bonked badly at Inglebrough, lol Good luck for Edinburgh.
CW - not sure I'm doing Borrowdale this year though I will see how I feel end of this month when entries open. I haven't trained that much recently at all due to a niggle and being so busy with uni so my endurance is nowhere. Leaning towards a few good blocks of training in the lakes over summer and building for the autumn fell races in September/October - Grisedale (10m) Three Shires (12.5m) and Langdale again. Probs do Skiddaw and Kentmere in July and just have a summer of getting back into good shape without having anything huge to train for mileage wise. If I did Borrowdale I wouldn't race it, just use it as a training run/enjoy the day but I'll let you know if I enter.
2 weeks left of community stroke placement then one presentation in uni then I'm done . Real eye opener working with the patients and families of people affected by stroke. Full on life changer overnight for both. Makes you realise that we can take for granted basic aspects of living like walking and speech
PP - do you have to wear that awkward lookign back pack thing with the flag in still? Good luck pacing, must be pretty bonkers pacing at an event as big as that and for a time which is considered such as barrier for many still. Doy up end up running with other sub 3 pacers from the other starts?
Padams - cheers, qualifying will be my greatest personal achievement to date I'd say. But he's I'm sick to death of writing essays, lol
Looking forward to Kimetto v Kipsang face off tomorrow
Just a quick message to everyone on here to say good luck to everyone on here on Sunday! Hope you all nail your targets! Looking forward to catching the elite races on TV and hearing how everyone gets on on here.
I'm pootling about up here but with a dissertation to finish and being on final placement kind of have my hands full elsewhere. Course finishes 1st June....when I'll be a fully qualified physio...........