Minni: if I'm honest I could probably live without VLM at the moment, never mine the 20. Cycled in to work today and as long as I don't try to go up steep hills in a high gear I am fine. Also told walking should be OK by the weekend. At least if I come to spectate in London I won't be hanging around for long at the paces you are all targeting!!
I'm really fed up at not being able to run in the first decent weather we have had for ages. BTW how are other people getting the smileys to work? Mine appear on the i-pad but not the PC??????
Keep it up team, I'll be with you in spirit if nothing else - looking like a few weeks off at the moment
2old: the tear appears to be behind my left knee at the hamstring insertion - but it hurts all the way up the hamstring, over the glutes and in to the lower back. Basically I just hurt. Will probably lose a couple of weeks of training at least and even then will have to come back gently, so may not manage a 20 before VLM. BA is a bit worried at my offer to pace him - can't imagine why
Have just been told that the people we are buying the new house off want to complete in the first two weeks of April - I suppose we should have guessed
AA: great times at Reading, just shows you still have the speed, just need it to go a bit longer and plenty of time to sort that.
Minni: has Miss Minni decided where she wants to go as first choice?
Just back from Osteo - back not as bad as feared, but have a hamstring tear to compensate for any disappointment on the back front
Minni: none of you need to change - don't forget I started running in the 70s, when orthotics, gait analysis and decent running shoes were still unheard of. That was going on 40 years ago - and I sort of doubt that many of you will still be doing the mileage we all do when you have been at it for 40 years [except for 2old who probably has been doing it for that long .
2old: I have been told cycling is fine, I had a bike made to measure knowing my back problems and I can do over 100 miles a day on consecutive days with no issue at all
Barry: cameras following BA and me round VLM would be taking reality TV to new depths........................
Looks like Rhayader 20 on Saturday will have to be binned
Minni: I'm afraid it is marathon training that does for my back - it is the same every year as my Osteo was able to confirm when he saw me in February. He pointed out that he hadn't seen me since the last VLM campaign and prior to that it was the 2012 campaign. I'll see what he says today but I'd rather give up on marathons and be able to race shorter distances and pootle round ultras, rather than end up unable to run at all. I will still do VLM but BA might find himself with a pacer.........
How much does divorce cost these days............................????????
2old: back problems are more likely the more you run on hard surfaces, not specifically racing. However mine are due to that, plus the fact that my hips are not aligned properly. My right hip naturally rolls forwards when I am standing and puts undue pressure on the left side. My left leg is significantly bigger and the muscles on the LHS of my body much stronger than on the right - my back can't cope. My orthotics help, but better posture 40 years ago is probably the only thing that would have sorted it!
kiwi: thanks for keeping the bench warm, hope the return to running goes smoothly