For me, sugar is addictive, like booze to an alcoholic. I have to shun it completely as one leads to another, be it sweets, choc, cakes, biscuits etc. I had the most success when I adopted this approach last year. In the summer I was down within a few lbs of my goal weight and felt fantastic. I yearn to be there again and even closer to the goal this time. Bread and sugar, less of it or even none is the key for me.
I have a race in 4 weeks and have been following a training plan over the last couple of months. Due to work schedules and weather, some has been indoors on the treadmill.
A week ago I became aware of pain on my left quad, about 6 inches above the knee and slightly towards the inside. I stopped and rested it for a week. (By rest, I mean not running at all - I still have to earn a living)
A week later and it still hurts and now the hip joint is sore too. Not sure how it can be connected. Tried the foam roller, stretches and heat pads. So far without much improvement
I guess the training plan has been ramping up in terms of speed and distance. My previous PB is 51:10 and I have been running 4 times a week in the hope of achieving a sub 1:50 on March 6th.
Any help or advice in how to prepare for a race in 4 weeks time with a potential quad/hip problem.
+1 with the better to run outside, but, I often see runners on the country lanes near where I live and have stopped the car before now to try to get them to run somewhere safer; blind bends, narrow bridges, lunatic drivers, all just so dangerous, plus no street lighting so even more lethal after dark.
So, although I dislike running machines, sometimes they're the only solution, bit like a turbo-trainer for cycling."
Indeed, very remote area and poorly lit, I've had some near misses with tractors and cars and that was in the daylight! Sometimes venture out with hi vis and head torch but generally if its really blowing and raining then its the garage on the mill with some TV or music to keep me motivated. Works for me.
I have had gait analysis done at the sports shop and came up with a small over pronation but not enough to take me out of the natural footed category. I use well cushioned shoes and am not overweight.