No Chris, no blog. To be honest I didn't set out to do it and only realised it was happening very near the end. It came from my Comrades training. I realised that whereas I really enjoyed running marathon events I disliked long training runs - so I started using the events as training. I didn't race most of them - just decided on a few road marathons to try a bit harder. I found the back to back (Sat and Sun) particularly good for preparing me for the long run. My daughter also ran Comrades this year and she only started running in January 2013 planning to run VLM that year and nothing more. After hearing my account of Comrades she decided to give it a go - again she didn't enjoy long training runs so after London she basically only ran marathons - with a couple of 6 mile runs in between. She's now run 36 and will have run over 40 by the end of this year. We really enjoy our race weekends - we're off to Deal this One. Camilla is running both Sat and Sun - I was actually signed up to run Friday too but will just be supporting this time. There are a really friendly bunch of people who run regularly. In my personal experience I would just say that although I can run a marathon relatively easily, the most I have done consecutively is 5, I can't race them all - though some much better runners appear to be able to. Happy to talk to you any time about this. Well done getting a place at VLM. I'm sure we will meet up sometime.
Thank you all for your good wishes. Stig I hope all goes well for you.
I've had a good couple of days that have given me real hope - now is it because I've been wearing an Actipatch or would it have happened anyway? I will probably never know.
Chris hob -I've been doing a lot of swimming but unfortunately pool I use not deep enough for deep water jogging - will start doing some pool running now I think because I can put weight on it without pain.
Haven't booked flights yet - hope there is a New Year sale - prices quite high at the moment.
Hi everyone - haven't been on this site for a while- as some of you will know I've been struggling with a bad injury that I was initially told would stop my running career - wasn't very happy about this as you can imagine especially as I still feel that I've only just got started! Problem was/ is that I tripped a couple of times in September (nothing new for me) and bumped my knee. It didn't cause me much discomfort so I then went on to run 6 marathons in a week and two more the following week - the last one being Berlin. To be fair my knee did hurt more during this time but I saw 3 different physio's who all said it was IT band stuff - not a big deal - however by the time I ran Berlin I knew I shouldn't be running but it was to be my 52nd marathon within 52 weeks and I had been hoping for a PB too. In the end I came in (disappointingly) just under 4 hours but within an hour of finishing I literally couldn't walk - even Easyjet took pity on me and gave me free priority boarding.
To cut a long story short I had apparently been running on a fractured femur (near knee joint) and had severe bone marrow oedema - spent around 4-6 weeks on and off crutches - more or less housebound and now 8 weeks later can just about walk again.
As I didn't like the first doctors prognosis I found another doctor at Institute of Exercise and Sport who says he hopes that I will be ok for Comrades 2015. I've had to cancel so many races and put my 100 marathon club journey on hold for now. It's been very depressing mostly because I havent been able to do any exercise - now at least I can swim (to the extent that I can - not a swimmer!) I have another appointment with the consultant this week but even I know that I'm not ready to run again yet. I'm thinking that if I can start in January I could still make it.Meanwhile hotel is booked (Hilton again) and whatever happens I will be there to see my daughter (Camilla) get her back to back and who knows maybe even to defend my age group title - though I'm not an uphill runner at the best of times.
It's good to read about everyone's qualifying times and training plans. Hopefully I will be joining you soon back on the circuit. Events that I hope to still make include Eco-trail De Paris in March and VLM . Haven't yet cancelled Thames Path 100 which is in May but suspect I will given the situation I am now in. Maybe best leave the 100 miler for post Comrades! good to see some new names on the forum - looking forward to meeting up sometime .