I love marathon running, but at times it feels like marathons do not like me. Something always seems to go wrong, but what the hell, who cares. One day i will run a marathon and i will smash out a huge PB, that day is the next time i run a marathon.
VLM 2010, i arrived at the start with loads of missed training, a very sore foot and absolutly everyone telling me i should not run. Even my boss told me if i hurt the foot more it would be self inflicted and not to expect any sympathy. My last race leading up to this was a half marathon disaster with the pain frm my foot slowing me to a not so speedy jog.
During the VLM race St John's were very kind in tending blisters on my good foot, although looking at me a bit strange when i pointed out it is a "race". Not that i was trying to hurry them, there is a touch of competertive spirit in me.
I am not telling people to run with injuries of course, far from it, but am i typical of a marathon runner or just not right in the head. The London marathon is special, not just for a PB, that is a bonus. We should just run, not worry if it is slow, not worry if we do not achieve what we set out to do six months ago, just run it.
So long as we get out there, we do our best on the day and we have enjoyed it at the end.
I set out to do 3:30, i managed 4:03, but three weeks ago i could hardly walk. So i have achieved something great in my mind.
Thank you runnersworld for the e-mails everyweek telling me what i should be doing, i tried to keep to it. Thank you VLM and thank you to everyone who organises marathons for me to run, that is a feat in itself.
I to are suffering from this foot pain. Wish i had looked in earlier, you guys could have saved me a lot of heartache. I did some research on the web and was thinking i had a metatarsal stress fracture.
After some more research i found a problem called the "Inflammation of the Extensor tendons". Which as already described is linked to either tying your shoes too tight, which i sometimes do as i run in the woods etc a lot. Or not stretching the calf properly. I have started to stretch my calf's and have seen a massive improvement in a day.
I also feel the change in shoes could add to the problem. I have always used Kayano's, recently i started to break in a pair of 15's for the VLM, they lace up slightly different to all the other models as they sort of go across the foot. Could be a link there.
I Pods is becoming an issue in races now. At the Lordshill 10 recently they were banned, as they are at the Heartbreak Half in the New Year.
I agree with this, with and I Pod in how can anyone hear what marshalls are telling them or if anyone is coming along side. I think they are dangerous in races and should be banned. That is coming from a music fan that has one. I use it on the treadmill and on some Sunday long runs, i must admit that i jump sometimes when a car creeps up that i have not heard.