SSC, gotta start somewhere! I also remember a tip from my Fizz. When you get a tight muscle, you can go after it hard (to remove knots/tightness), but after you hit it, then you may need to rest it for a bit. Apparently the digging promotes blood flow and some inflammation as part of the healing process so to keep going after it can be a problem. Also, great stretch for calves is the following: gently quat down so bum just above ankles w/feet about shoulder width apart, then slowly rock forward onto front of one foot (do left calf frist) and slowly rotate pressure to different parts of foot/calf (think rolling weight from left to right side of foot). When 1 foot done move weight to other foot and hit that side. This really works great for my megacalves that I apparently do all my running with!
SSC, foam roller, trigger point ball, stick, trip to Fizz (or all of these!). Might be something a fizz can identify, loosen, and give you the means to keep it loose. I had an absolute scare last year and turned out one long muscle in calf was triggered on (was like a rope). Got it loose and was able to run the next day and continue no worries. Worth a try anyway.
No running here. Got 2 hrs on the elliptical last night. My running fitness may be going to sh*t, but my cardio for this machine is certainly improving. Still getting a little tingling/numbish/weird sensations at sight of injury after xtraining, but gone by the 2nd day after. This phenomenon gets less pronounced each time so think I'm progressing.
PMJ, didn't you just run a 20 at 7:10 pace? I think you can do this marathon at that speed easily. The beauty is you'll run a good race, place high, get your entry qualification, and not need the dreaded reverse taper (aka desperate struggle to heal/regain normalcy) the rest of us sub3:15 thread mortals need.
Gul, nice progress. I concur you should just go out easier this time around (or at least w/a max pace to observe; ideally, if we could get a HR monitor on you we could really dial you in!). BTW, how much time did you actually lose from your build up due to your foot injury? Hopefully not much fitness was lost. You were really cranking up to that point.
Well done Gul. Hope it's onward and upwards from here! BI, hope the morning is good (knock wood). For my part, foot felt a little weird yesterday from elliptical session 2 days ago. Fine today though and did another 90 minute session. Foot feeling fine after this one. Ahhhh, endorphins are good. Needed that!
Gul, I feel your frustration. I agree with the others...keep resting because really there is no other option.
My own hoof is much better of late, but I have not stressed it for almost 2 weeks. And still it feels weird around the injury site from time to time. So after 12 days off, I decided to get on the elliptical for a test. 90 minute session was good, although holy hell my HR was a bit high. Realized this was to be the case, but still to see it flooded me with panic. Anyway, foot felt a little numb/weird (but no pain) afterward for an hour or so. Finally iced it and feels normal now. Will see how it feels in the morning. Hopefully I've turned a small corner . If I can get back on the trainer 4-5X's per week that will help at least conserve what's left of my quickly eroding fitness.
Dara, I think you could given a long enough period of training. The question becomes how long do you need to HADD to get your LT slightly above 170 (and can you continue that long w/out eventually getting injured)? It's a question I ponder quite a bit because like you, my maxHR is 200 and my last marathon was raced at HR ave 160 for 7:15 m/m. But in training, my 70 minute (~10 mile) subLT/ILTHR sessions at HR ~160 was more like 6:5x per mile. So I've never truly converted training subLT pace to marathon pace at that HR yet, but the margin is narrowing. I was thinking I needed about 6-10 months of pure HADD to bump up to 170 for the subLT sessions. I've really only been able to get comfy on the subLTs at 160 to date, but think if I could elevate to 170 could be in the territory you are now catching glimpses of.
BTW, really incredible numbers you've posted. Fast at all HR and improving dramatically. I'll wait in suspense for the next results!
On my end, foot has felt much better the past 5 days or so. Still feel a little something there from time to time, but overall feels almost back to normal. No working out at all last week. Just writing my grant and trying to heal. Passed the point to caring on the running thing for now. Just need to tie up this project and hopefully be healed by then so I can immerse myself back onto the roads with a fresh tank of motivation.