Been a long time since i dropped in on here! Good to see some people are still getting out to run in the world even if there seems to be a few niggles...
Just to update on whats happened to me as irritating when people disappear off the face of the running earth... i tried another comeback in september and the injury broke down again...havent run since the last day of september and even the gym aggravates it. Just walking around i have pain from tight abductors and the original groin strain can still be felt, physio simply suggested stretching routine as my legs are very tight but beyond that no answer really. If any lessons can be learnt for other people from my experience its dont rush back into training after a marathon even if you feel great...what initially felt like an innocuous mild pull has kept me out for 7 months and could possibly be years as no sign of it improving let alone healing. Was pretty hard to take initially but been kept busy/happy from other areas of life, if it does heal i'll get back to running and posting but if it doesnt will have to look at other sports long term as miss the competitive buzz of racing and the release of intense exercise...time out does give abit of perspective and must admit if i ever get the chance to run again i'll appreciate every mile no matter how painful!
A clubmate of mine(who isnt on RW) wont be using his place as it doesnt fit with his training cycle, its a great pb course which sells out well in advance and it would be a shame to see it go to waste so if anybody is interested just drop a note to:
The race organisers are normally pretty efficient with number swaps and as there is still a week and a half to the race it shouldnt be too much hassle to sort it out.
Well actually as my last race was 4 months ago my MP should probably be 9 m/m but as you know i've always been one for self glorification and saying what i'm gonna do, so i'll proceed with what I arrogantly think im capable of!
On group running, as i said agreed u need to run speed sessions according to your own needs - but its worth adapting or compromising the rest of your schedule a little to be able to train with the likes of pmj and bus - get this thread working in practical terms for you! Im quite lucky in the respect i have a 1.26 hm mate who is always up for training any day of the week, he probably runs most of his stuff a little too fast but suits my purpose and i dont feel guilty because i know he'd run at our paces anyways. Likewise addylad runs track sessions at the same speed,so always been a bit fortunate in having people around to share the training load with....you do have my sympathy with the stomach issues tho, i rarely get it but its pretty much the only thing that can stop a run dead in its tracks
SG - I've often thought you'd really benefit from club training, I must admit it totally revolutionised my approach to running...psychologically i never feel burnt out training with others, and on days you feel flat you get easily distracted with conversation. Conversely you also appreciate the odd run done alone as a nice bit of peace and quiet. Obviously you need to make speed work precise to your needs, but elsewhere running with people of all kinds of abilities definately enhances my training.
10 miles for me tonight, with 4 @ 6.10 MP feeling surprisingly easy considering i've barely dropped below 7 min miles since injury. Maybe I havent lost as much as I thought, certainly given me confidence to keep building the tempo's up to LT pace over the next couple of weeks and then time to start smashing the track to get some times on the board that will start to put right whats been a frustrating year with the running....feel i've got a lot to prove going forward
Very impressive splits from dach's and pc2, its been discussed many times before SG but i think most of us find it easy to rattle out track sessions with averages much quicker than race times....is it counter productive or should we just run as fast as can maintain through the session - alot of people seem to do the latter without any ill effects....seems counter intuitive that running them slower would make us faster, but im open minded if anyone has evidence!
Enjoyed watching SS, RobT and addy at the 5km last night. First race i've properly been to watch without competing in, must admit its even exciting watching but hopefully wont have to hold back for too much longer! 5 miles easy yest, 9 miles tonight with 4/5 @ mp.
SS - forgot to ask yesterday, whats the first staffs xc like as a course?