Rob - that's my line of work too. Currently manual testing but trying to break into automation.
IBB - it's a secret marathon, that's why they aren't telling you anything !!
My running is going well at the moment, easy running is still a bit tougher than previously but that's to be expected and I know it will get easier over the next few weeks. Weight loss is going very well, 11lbs lost in 3 weeks and feeling so much better. Only had a couple of beers in all that time, only munched and biscuits once and cut down the amount of lattes I've been having. I'm feeling more positive now than the last 6 months or so so heading in the right direction
Nick – track night sounds like a lot of fun and what an impressive mile time. Once you get plenty of running miles in your legs you should be looking to convert that mile time into a very decent marathon time.
IBB – a very respectable time at the GNR. What other races have you got lined up ?
Carl – many thanks, it went very well indeed. Do you see any sign of work getting less busy in the near future ?
Ali – thank you. And yes, I’ve been here before. I’m now in a more positive frame of mind about my running so will remain patient and gradually see the improvements. Good call on the marathon, if you’re not 100% focused on it it good be a long old day. Have fun at the GSR.
Rob – I enjoyed reading your blog, it was a very honest account and I’m sure, as you say, you have learnt a lot from the experience. As you are fairly new to running, it sounds like you may have tried to do too much in such a short space of time. We often forget how much a marathon can take out of us, on top of that you ran an ultra and not long after you put the hammer down in another marathon ! It sounds like all the previous events have just caught up on you. I guess that’s why they say you should only target 2 marathons each your for a PB attempt. This running is an ongoing learning experience.
So, my second week back at running and I did 23 miles over 4 runs. My ‘long’ run on Saturday was 8.2 miles on the trails with a bit of climbing. The change back to the lchf diet is also adding to the difficulty of the runs causing a lack of energy. Patience is the key and I’m ok with that, I’m happy to be out there regularly and am quite enjoying it again.
Nick - how did you get on in all of the events ? Sounds tiring !
Rob - a lot of people just jump in the bandwagon without knowing the full facts. If you are expecting the wheels to come off on Sunday why bother aiming for a 4 hour time ? Just have a nice trot round and enjoy the day. Yep, back on the lchf way of eating; so 10 days without loads of carbs and no alcohol. Once you cut out all the crap it doesn't take long to start feeling so much better. Obviously, the fitness and running is affected as I have very little energy at the moment and 10:00 min miling is quite tough. It's not a problem though as the next few weeks are all about building back up again before starting a training plan. I don't expect to see too many improvements until the end of October when, hopefully, my body has adapted to the lack of carbs.
So, last week I managed 4 easy runs for 17 miles. This week will be similar but I expect to run about 20 miles. Every Saturday I want to get out on the trails as I've really missed it the last few months.
Hope everyone is enjoying the last part of the summer....
If it's the outside of your knee then it's a fair chance it's an ITB issue. Have a read of this and see if you recognise some of the symptoms - http://www.knee-pain-explained.com/knee-strengthening-exercises.html; there are also some stretches and strength work you can do to help but, of course, a decent physio is better than reading stuff of the internet