VT - Many thanks for the welcome. My background stretches back to early 2000's when I started running because of a sedentary desk job. Been a member of Sale Harriers for a good few years but had my last good season back in 2009 when I set all my PB's at 5k - marathon and everything in between. Marathon PB is 2:57 so have a fair bit of running behind me but as I've got older and been less consistent I've gotten injured more often. Starting back too fast as a lot of runners do is my weakness.
This time I've decided to take things a little slower. I'm doing club sessions but running them well within myself so I don't overdo things again. All my other running has been Hadd inspired and I've thoroughly enjoyed the non-emphasis on pace or distance approach. Keeping below 140 takes a lot of self discipline I have to say.
I was out on the canal tow-path before for 45 minutes and really struggled keeping a lid on things. I ended up with 142 avgHR.
Dr. Dan - I have wondered what my maxHR is and I've never done a test so only going off what I have seen at the end of shorter races. I've not seen it in the 190's for a couple of years tbh. Ha! Thanks for the pre-v40 condolences
I was re-directed here from getting to the last page of the old thread!
I am a long-time runner but have lost my way in recent years due to work/family/injury/apathy.
Like many I'm looking for something to motivate me and get me running injury free again.
I've owned a Polar HR monitor and in recent years a Garmin GPS with HR strap but have only ever glanced at the numbers with a shrug of the shoulders until re-discovering the Hadd PDF sat in my archived Documents folder recently.
Having digested that, found these forums, I have begun training at crazy slow running paces.
However, I have a quick question I hope someone can help me with.
I know what you mean HR and it's nothing I haven't thought of myself. My physio friend specialises in running and is a runner herself. I drove an hour from home to see her. I trust her more than any other fizz I've ever seen. She tells it like it is. More than anything I know myself deep-down it's not right.
My leg tightened significantly during my tester 5 miler yesterday whilst running @ MP. Sadly the right call on this occasion is to not run.
Its not the end of the world.. I'll get back and prepare for some mud-slinging in the cross countries. Then see if I can face another marathon build-up in the spring.
Morning all, decision made. Not running this Sunday.
Went and saw my physio friend last night who assessed the calf/leg and basically confirmed my fears. I have a small issue (could be a small tear or just swelling, can't tell without an ultrasound) right in the middle of the Gastrocnemius. It's right at the junction were the achilles tendon meets up with the muscle. I have felt it sore whilst self massaging and rollering.
She also thinks the numbness is caused by a neural issue as a result of the swelling in that area of the calf. This would account for the sensation I feel lower down and in the foot. She was also able to make my calf and hamstrings cramp at will by doing some flex testing around my glutes. So I am generally tight all down the leg.
She loosened everything off and the leg is generally fine but for this issue. I could run but its a massive risk and my mind is too focussed on this issue.
So, I have some work to do in order to get everything working as it should and obviously some down-time whilst this issue in the calf settles.
Where did it all go wrong?? A couple of sessions at the club and being selected for the road relays probably didn't help. Whilst I was in good shape my body hasn't raced enough in last couple of years to just expect it to turn up and breeze through some relatively quick races.
Right at the point where I felt I was going off the boil and needed some stimulus I should of stuck to the plan. Everything else went perfect and although I'm disappointed I'm pleased the way training went and I know I'm in good shape so will live to fight another day,
Abo looks too soon as a possible replacement (even if I could get a place) and I only just found out there is no Luton this year. So looks like a spring marathon if I do one at all.