A penetrating eye injury can easily happen without it being that obvious to the unintiated, but I would expect any casualty doctor to recognise the signs and refer urgently. this includes a trainee doctor- I certainly was able to recognise this type of injury when I was only 18months after finishing medical school.
Even if the doctor that sees you in A&E is a trainee, there should always be a consultant on duty availalbe to advise for the more difficult cases.- Different in some minor injuries units, of course, but a fully fledged A&E should have senior staff availalbe.
His blog is easy to find- actually they've provided a link to his website via the news story- his traing looks good, but he did seem to be struggling with asthma- talks about using an inhaler a lot in the traing runs.............wonder what happened.
I think we all know that the overall chances of dying are lower if we are fitter, but that if you're going to go, a marathon is a likely place for it to happen. You always wonder whether there are warning symptoms, or whether it is really as sudden as it is protrayed in the media.
Can't comment about trainig plans for an ultra- I've never really done anything more , mileage-wise, than for a marathon......................mind you, that's probably why I'm near the back!
Practice going slowly, eating, wearing a rucksack, and spending a very long time on feet, back-to-backs are one option, but not the only way to do this- you could do a few very long runs ( enter a marathon as a trainig race, if you can find one that's hilly enough).
I'm sure that I would do better if I trained properly, but I'm just saying- there is a good chance of making it around a 50k without committing to crazy mileage.
Mo must go down in history as one of only a tiny number of finishers from their first marathon NOT to immedialtely say "never again" ..........and then change their mind.
I hope he tries again............ but obviously it means massive loss of earning power in terms of track meetings- I don't know whether he'll get the same money for doing 1 or 2 marathons per year as he would by just cruising around the meetings earning a lot of "easy money" on the 5k circuit................wonder what he'll do.
I need ti figure out a more trail-y type of trail shoe that might fit me for next tear's fling. I currentyl use Brooks trail version of the adrenaline, but I doubt that is sufficient for the most dodgy bits of the WHW- although I will be walking those sections.
Anyone got any experience of a good grippy trail shoe with a simliar fit to the brooks adrenaline series?
PS - I "may" have inadvertantly entered the Strathearn mara- entries open via entry central- OOPS!