Shildon, looks like you're doing some really good solid endurance stuff, well done.
Carrot, great speedwork, both physically and mentally. Nice work
Spoons, nice tanning
O4S, wow, well done on averting disaster. Good luck for the next stint!!!
Simon, I think my OH has that recovery stuff down pat!!!
So my calf has been very sore, but getting better every day. I think it was just a very bad (and weird) case of DOMS as I did not pull or tweak anything during my circuit class and felt no pain at all after it, only pain and stiffness when I woke up. I did a spin class yesterday and whilst it hurt at times, never really bad and it definitely felt looser afterwards. I'm going to go on the TM right now so let's see how it holds up to some running action.....
Pinklady, if the finish area looks a bit of a nightmare, try scoping out local bars and agree to meet Barry in there. That's our tried and trusted method of meeting up You're doing brilliantly on the rehab, well done. One of the hardest parts of it all is readjusting your mindset from "I'm so miserable because I'm not doing anything like what I used to", to "yay, look at what I am managing to achieve!!" and you seem to have got that sussed so nice one!
Minni, I've been stretching the calf a lot and rubbing ibuprofen gel into it. It felt like the 'wrong' sort of pain to use the foam roller on but it is certainly feeling much better now so I think I will try a run later on today to see how it holds up. I'm back for two weeks from 13th Sept
Barry, I have tried to use pacers twice and both times I have felt like I'm not running "my" race and I didn't like it. If you are confident in your own pacing ability, you will not need them. It's quite nice to run with other people, granted, but unless you know the pacer really well and how they are going to approach the race, you're kind of at their mercy.
2Old, I'm only teasing about the heat
Ant, wow, those were some hills!!! Great training, though.
Free, blimey, hadn't thought of Harrods, perhaps I should put it on my list....??? Nah, I think 9 shops is enough!! It's purely the worry of being over here and not being able to pop to London whenever I feel like it. If I can do the 'first dress I try' trick, I'll be exceptionally happy to cancel the rest of my appointments!! Hope you have a brilliant birthday and enjoy celebrating
KFC, nice five miler, loving the Garmin overdrive!! Enjoy Copenhagen.
AA, I am back on Fri 13th and in Basingstoke for the Fri and Sat. So if you're free Sat 14th, let's try and get together then All the best for tomorrow, let's hope the
Morning all! Barry, scorching splits Bring on Berlin!! I'm laughing at 2Old's Lidl recommendations....
Minni, great work on the negative split! Sounds like you had a very good race considering all the hard runs/races you've had in the build up. Bring on GNR!! My OH also has the 'Oh thank God' massive look of relief on his face when things go well as opposed to the other way.....
2Old, I'm still waiting for the temp to drop below 30 for a run too Looks like I've got about 3 months to go....
Pinklady, you're doing really well post-surgery!
Carrot, I had to bin my run last night. When removing my shoes at work (and bear in mind they are only kitten heels so nothing massive) to put my trainers on for my journey home, it was agony to get my right heel down on the floor!! I have honestly no idea what I've done to my calf. It does not feel like I've injured it per se, it feels like the kind of DOMS pain you get a day or two after a gym session when you've done absolutely nothing for a while. So I'm desperately hoping it is just overworked and needs a couple of days of rest. The reason I'm more worried than I would be normally is that this is the calf which made me defer VLM 2012. But the pain this time is right up the top of the muscle so I'm confident it's not the same thing, but I feel I'd be crazy to risk running on a weakened calf as that way surely leads to injury.... It's just frustrating as I want to put in a few good sessions before starting P+D. Oh well, can't be helped. It is still very sore today so no running for me tonight. I will do S+C and skip the calf raises. Glad you're back on the spin trail!! Yes, it is a bit of a shock to the system when you start back, isn't it, no matter how much running fitness you have!! I am really looking forward to our UK trip, but slightly daunted by the second week as I've packed in appointments at 9 wedding dress shops But at least we've got breakfast martinis with Brolish and Mr B to look forward at the end of all that trauma
So my day today did not get off to a good start. I got up early to do my S+C with a plan to run this evening, but my calf was still very painful so decided that a run was not going to happen so promptly went back to bed for an hour I will do S+C this evening before going out for Mexican and muchos cerveza
Morning all! Bro, good to hear it's all feeling like it's coming back together. Really hope it all goes well at the weekend and can't wait to hear all about it
O4S, sounds amazing!! Enjoy
Pinklady, there is absolutely nothing wrong with choosing wine over training sometimes!! Hope you both enjoyed it.
Carrot, it's kind of like a dense sponge/rubber material. You know those kind of jigsaw mats which fit together? It's like that. It feels very easy to run on and I've really appreciated the air conditioned environment. Now it's back to 35+ I will TM it for my next 2 long runs, and then I'm in the UK for a couple of weeks so will take full advantage of the cool weather Good call on skipping the session, I've got exactly the same issue. My calf is really tight today and I've no idea why, we didn't do any specific calf exercises at circuits last night, and I've been wondering what to do today. You've just confirmed exactly what I was thinking I should do and so I'm going to follow your example and do an easy run and not the session I had planned
KFC, really glad you had a great mtb tour. And that's brilliant news for your friend, great effort on his part I've no idea what I'm going to do along the way to Dubai. I've had 2 years of paying for loads of races and then having to skip them through injury so I just didn't bother in the run-up to London. But I really should see what's out there. I have an eye on a half marathon in Dubai at the beginning of Dec, but I'm really not sure at this moment what else I will do. You've reminded me that it's probably a good idea to look at what's coming up so thank you!! In terms of LSR pacing, if you wanted to put in some harder than MP efforts, you could do 3m@xx followed by 1m easy etc.
AA, gutted for you, so sorry to hear it's really sore still The only thing I could say about the sprint tri is maybe consider just doing the first two events as someone else on the Forum advised a while back? I know it's deeply unsatisfactory, but at least it would mean the training has not been in vain and also will give you some experience in transition and getting stuff all organised?
Circuits for me last night which was brilliant, I'm really enjoying it as it's a fun bunch of people and an hour just zips by. I am going to do 45 mins or so tonight, or however long I can bear in the heat. It's so humid at the moment so this'll be fun