Evening all! Sorry I've been awol! As you might imagine, the life of someone in the fitness industry is rather busy. Couple that with a husband in accounting (tax deadlines anyone?), and spending half of last week with our nephew staying with us (he's not yet 1yo), I've just had rather a lot on my plate.
GM and I are obviously in touch offline. This foot thing is a worry, I'm not going to lie, and I have recommended that he see a sports injury specialist to see what's what. Rest, stretch and Ice are in order too. Sometimes, these things are just (I say just, but can become serious if you're not sensible) impact injuries from such a long event. I had severe achilles pain after my first ultra, and couldn't walk normally for about 5 days. I waited until the following week to begin running, and actually it never showed up again. Only problem is that GM has a marathon on the horizon, and a Half marathon in less than 2 weeks.
The hope is, it will disappear as quickly as it has come on, and a bit of sports massage, especially on the tibialis anterior will probably sort it in no time. Injury management is all about being sensible - when I run my marathon preparation seminars and we talk about injury, question 1 is, Is it really an injury - often we get tightness that builds up that can be easily managed by dynamic stretching pre-run, static stretching and foam rolling post run.
Question 2 - how severe is the injury? - 2- 4 days of self management following RICE, and possibly MICE protocols, and see a sports masseure if you can.
Question 3 - does it still hurt after you've done all this to manage it? Is there improvement or not. If there is Zero improvement over this period of time, it could be something sinister, or it could be something improved by movement (I know right, all those contradictions), and this is where going to someone who specialises in SPORTS INJURY management is important.
Anyways, that's my little bit of advice, its definitely bedtime now, but I will make sure to get back here tomorrow to catch up with everyone.
Sense, tell the organisers you don't want your place and they will allocate it to someone else - they maintain a waiting list, so the sooner you contact the better... Local running Club does most of the organisation, hence its cheap and bloody well run... no medals though...
Well done GM! That is an absolutely brilliant ultra! Super excellent. Now the next step is about getting recovered as soon as possible. I find the day after ultra its absolutely necessary to have a day off. Otherwise, how can you get hold of all the food you crave! So, its a few weeks of recovery before GB half marathon, and then we can crack on with increased marathon pace training. Good work GM
Sean, I've said it on strava, but that was an absolutely cracking run yesterday! Definitely all you need to work on for your sub 3:15 is what's between the ears.
Charles - how funny that you spotted GM!!! HAHA
So folks, who is signed up for Essex 20? I'm thinking of arranging a get together in Colchester afterwards.