CC2 - sorry to hear there's no improvement! I didn't consider something like Tabata but there didn't appear to be any structure to what he was doing. Still better than what I saw this afternoon as some guy vogued walking uphill on the treadmill
Making the startline is often the hardest part of marathons.
For me in spring it's practically impossible! I'm not even going to bother trying next year.
Got the slight complication of needing to do sh!tloads of work to get the house ready to sell (probably 2-3 months of stuff most evenings I don't have the kids) so I can close one chapter and start the next, to be offset against the back issue. Luckily there's no heavy lifting involved and the xtrainer, as I found out this afternoon, actually seems to help loosen it off when it tightens up, but still something I could do without right now. It's probably no harm at all that I can't do London tbh.
Lev_ - stunning stuff! Delighted for you. I've been easing myself into it. As I spent some time on it a few years back I know if I go at it too hard too quickly I get fed up, so the first 4 days have been singles of 1hr, and 45mins x 3. Turns out I seem to be ok on the recumbent bike too, so will use that - this morning was 75mins consisting of 60 on the elliptical and 15 on the bike. Will look to do a bit more later as my first double, and then start introducing some form of efforts next week.
SL - also looking very good. Impressive running!
I hope the physio helped Al_P. Some good training bagged too.
selbs - with you on the sleep issue. I had some massage to loosen up the muscles which were tightening up as a result of the disc, which has removed some of the pain, so maybe worth looking into? Good luck with the run.
Congrats on the win ES You can't do anything about the course.
One of the most frustrating things about the x-training is that the gym I'm using faces out onto a park so I keep seeing runners going past. On the plus side, there is some amusement in the gym with what some people get up to. One guy done the 'whack the speed up, jump on when it's in full flight and see how long you last' (about 5s a go), but then, after 4 of those, stopped the treadmill, jumped off, and started using the back of the treadmill for some convoluted stretch that made it look like he was humping the floor!
Selbs - A couple of reasons, my sense of direction is terrible, the last time I ran in a unfamiliar area an easy 6 miles turned into a 21mile run because I got dreadfully lost. Plus I wanted to do some timed efforts.
Well if you'd intended a 21 anyway, you should have just gone out and tried to run 6.
Exactly what I thought!
Dan - less fragile and more that I need to avoid anything that can be construed as diy as that seems to be how I keep picking up the big injuries. Unfortunately no chance of that for the foreseeable as I need to get the house done up to sell. Maybe I should have a decorating party
Lev_ - that really does suck, particularly with having had the time in Kenya! Fingers crossed it clears up sharpish.
Glad to hear you've got at least one cheek off the bench bains.
And good luck with your back and hammy (I presume they're linked?) selbs. Looking back at my log, I was noting a stiff back for quite a while, so I suspect I probably triggered it around the time I was moving stuff between the houses, but didn't register it at the time because of being so busy. It's a shame as some time off then would have made a world of difference now. Another case of non-running stuff inducing an injury that stops me running! Well done on the half.
A gentle return to running then DrD? Nice one though!
That (autumn plans) is my consolation and sole target now Dachs. I think I'll just target a HM next spring and accept that spring marathons are a no go for me. I've got you and LJ setting the pace over the HM for me to get my finger out and target now
Nice repping PP, Jools & ES.
Started on the xtrainer yesterday. 1hr at a reasonably solid effort, but hard enough over the last few minutes to need to lean against the wall to recover after; though that possibly says more about my current level of fitness than anything else - still, it felt good
Afternoon all. Been absent, not because of injury (though I still am), but because of my laptop packing up and it being too fiddly to post from the phone.
I just wanted to add my congrats to both JAP and Wardi, in addition to my previous congrats to Dan for Barcelona.
Good to see Dull popping in too.
Some very good results yesterday at Reading. I was spectating just after the 5km mats, though had to sit down as standing for prolonged periods is very uncomfortable. I had a GP appointment this morning where, after some tests, he determined the cause of my pain is most likely a bulging or slipped disc (hopefully the former). It has been like this for at least the best part of 3 weeks, so if I'm lucky it should settle in another 2-4, but that obviously means London is out the window (spring jinx strikes again).
He is sorting out some treatment for me to hopefully speed it along, but in the meantime I've got a list of stuff to help with it and have been told I can get on the x-trainer so that will help some bit, fitness wise, so fingers crossed.