Jugula, I've heard good things about coconut water but not tried it yet. An alternative to sports drinks that I sometimes have after long runs is water with a bit of fruit juice added and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt.
Shades, that's interesting what you read about flip flops and what Jugular found. I think my achilles pain started before I wore them but I think they may have made things worse. Mine felt better today after 6 mile run followed by deep heat! Another day walking in London but this time pain free. Went into a Sweatshop to try on the new Saucony Ride 7s and they didn't sell any Saucony shoes at all. Apparently they only sell them in bigger branches now. Also visited the London Marathon shop. A bit small but they had medals for every single year. I think this years was the best one of the lot!
Big G, I think getting back into running when the little one arrives will be a good thing. From memory you can get a bit stir crazy in the first couple of weeks if you stay in too much and going out for a run will help establish a routine (well that would be my excuse anyway!) I think combining running with cycling can make you a stronger runner. Wish I had a swimming background as I think learning the right technique really helps.
Hi all Shadies. Fairly quiet few days for me post hols. Work not too hectic which is good and boys 2 and 3 have been in Yorkshire with their granny since the weekend. Have been fairly cautious, just running 5-6 miles every other day. Achilles OK when running but was a bit achey after spending a day in London yesterday which involved lots of walking. I'm thinking maybe wearing just flip flops/ Birkenstocks for the last couple of months may be a cause as my heal feels fine in trainers.
Lee, sorry to hear your achilles probs have resurfaced. Does running make yours worse? I've been doing those heal lifts but can't really tell if they are helping or if they make me ache more! I read somewhere that gel heal inserts can help - have you tried these at all?
Another fan of Sports Shoes.com. I've been looking for some new Saucony's though and I can't find the pair I want for less than 88 quid! Does seem like the prices of shoes have shot up.
MF - I agree, I never understand the French obsession with mushrooms/cepes! Are you sure your family aren't all taking the magic ones?!
Big G, great that you are getting so into your cycling. I heard that the 2015 ballot for Ride London has opened - you should enter! And you'll definitely need a little seat for the little one
Getting very jealous when I hear any mention of Chester Although I did see that there is now a HM there on the same day...
I think the transit van had probably been stolen, hence the driver abandoning it so quickly as driving off so fast. Ironic that my mum was checking that our plane had landed OK - the M25 is far more hazardous!
Emmy, I could never do a track marathon, I think the flatness and going in the same direction would kill my knees. But I loved doing a 5k on the track, it was so much easier to zone out.
Big G, not long to go now! Has Mrs G packed her bag for the hospital yet?
Re the marathon times now versus the 80s, my dad always reckons it's due to a number of things - runners nowadays doing far fewer miles per week (my dad used to run twice a day in the week and this was normal for his club), runners racing less often (most of his club friends would race every week, often twice a week) and running becoming more of a leisure activity (which is good as more people do it but fewer people doing it seriously versus the 80s). When my dad did his first marathon, running a marathon for a guy meant doing it in less than 3 hours and this was what he aimed for from the start. I think these days running a marathon is seen as an achievement in itself.
First day back at work today . At least there's a bank holiday next week.
Mamafox, I think if they are a model of shoes that you have worn before then you can almost race with them straight away. But if they are a new model to you then wearing them at least a couple of times before hand is a good idea. But would be good to see what others think.
Back from Spain last night. Eventful journey home on M25, as were right behind a landrover who had a trailer with a transit van on. It started swerving all over the road and then ended up crashing into the side of a tunnel we were going through. The transit van came off the trailer, narrowly missing us and the landrover went speeding off! Had to call 999 but luckily all OK.
Tried a 6 mile run today after a week'a rest. Achilles OK but feels bruised still if I squeeze the tendon. Going to try and do the heel lifts more regularly together with icing to see if this helps. Did you feel that resting it helped much Lee?