Trying to compose my thoughts in lieu of today's events... Throughout the months of training and, ultimately, the 26.2 miles of the race itself, a marathon can feel like a lonely, intensely individual experience. It isn't, of course. Far from it. One of the first messages I got after I ran my first marathon in 2011 at Loch Ness was from a friend from school, a keen marathon runner whom I hadn't seen in a decade. It simply said: "Congratulations, welcome to the club." That's what a marathon does: galvinises friends and strangers alike and forms a bond between them tighter and more significant than any terrorism 'brotherhood'. It takes courage and resolve to run a marathon. The only thing required to set off explosives is cowardice. That's why the people responsible for what has happened today in Boston will never win. Keep running, folks.
Going over to run the Berlin Marathon for the first time nest month and just wondering if there is any sort of official/unofficial meeting place designated somewhere for before or after the race for Scots/Brits etc? Cheers all!
Hoping some of my awesome fellow runners can help...
I have a really bad pain localised in the lower part of my left leg, on the inside-to-front of my leg. I came on after a few too many football games and probably too much training in the early part of the year (lots and lots of miles on the treadmill in January).
It has been bruised at various times and feels like there it is raised slighly compared with my right leg (which is totally fine) although there is no actual swelling.
Running at all (even a light jog from the office to the car) is painful and I can feel it walking up and down stairs, too.
Icing and ibuprofen over the past week or so hasn't shifted it one bit and now I'm starting to worry that I might have a stress fracture.
Anyone able to put my mind at ease? Or, worse, confirm my suspicions?
Wondering if anyone can shed some light on the following for me...
I ran my first marathon in Loch Ness just over a fortnight ago. I pulled up with bad cramps and a sore calf muscle just after 14m but managed to limp home the remaining 12m finishing in a disappointing but, under the circumstances, respectable 4:37:23.
After a lot of stretching and a few ice baths in the coming days, my legs started to feel normal again and, since the race, I have managed four games of 5-a-side football, a round of golf, a couple of trips to the gym (incorporating some treadmill work and cycling) and, tonight, I went for my first road run, covering 5km.
However, all of the way round, I felt incredibly unfit, i.e. tired legs, wheezy breathing, etc. I can understand the tired legs but the wheezy unfit feeling has got me a bit puzzled and concerned.
Can anyone more experienced over marathon distances explain if this is normal after covering such a big distance for the first time?