I just meant that if the self-diagnosis is wrong, you can be focusing your rehab in the wrong area, or worse. Self diagnose a stress fracture as a strain and you could do some serious damage. Even A&E departments occasionally send people home with broken limbs telling them they have pulled a muscle or dislocated a joint. Back in the early 90's after a night in A&E I was sent home with a broken collarbone having been told I'd dislocated it in an MTB accident!
Ric/SG - you are both right, but only up to a point! Yes, you can learn an awful lot about your own body and how to treat it, both from personal experience and from an academic approach. However, sometimes it needs an external professional to see what is beyond plain sight - how many physios who take part in sport are themselves seeing other physios? Self diagnosis, even from an informed amateur, can easily make things worse. Even qualified physios can get it wrong though...
Not sure how sitting resting on a coach for 5 hours stops you racing SG? Muscles seizing up or something or was it setting off the niggle being in one position for so long?
Stevie See - very nice racing! 17:38 for the first 5k is pretty impressive stuff and i wouldn't necessarily call the next k at 3:42 too shabby!
Samir - let's hope for another "brilliant" one at Ealing then
It's funny, but I'm glad the injury meant I decided not to race tomorrow. I went to a 40th birthday party tonight, which was a barn dance! It was great fun (after several beers!) but definitely not ideal for a pre-race evening! I'd almost forgotten how to go out and have fun!
Good luck everyone tomorrow!! Looking forward to the reports....
Osteos are good for fixing you for a race, but not for longer term....
8M road for me today. All went OK, just mild discomfort toward the end, but much better than earlier in the week. Actually felt quite strong after the break!
Tried some new shoes today - Inov 8 Road Extreme 208s. Although slightly heavier than stated (220g, UK 7.5) they were great. Very comfortable straight out of the box and quite plush for a light, low profile racer but the most impressive thing was the grip on wet, smooth tarmac - like glue! Ideal for something like Marlow Half in the wet! You can pick them up for less than £40 in Sportshoes.com (no, I'm not on commission ).
Track right next door eh? That will be damn handy!! Bath's a great place to go to uni too, so that's a bonus
Ran again today. An easy 5.7 at lunchtime. Uncomfortable at times, but not painful and it actually seems easier after sitting about this afternoon with none of the sharp pain when standing so hopefully some progress.