Lowrez - biokinetics seems (I say seems as I have only superficial understanding) focus on preventative analysis and conditioning of the body to either correct specific deficiencies or weakness or for general conditioning. Compare that with a physio who will be curative of injury and then try to correct the underlying condition.
So firstly 20 minutes of conversation about history and a good look at the shoes, then static analysis of posture and flexibility/mobility. Finally a dynamic view of walking and then running. The analysis takes about an hour and the level of detail observed are amazing and things I've never noticed, e.g. my right calf is slightly bigger than the left. Then go away whilst a programme is formulated. Come back for an hours introduction to the programme (stretches and specific targeted strengthening). All for 260R or around 14Pounds.
I managed to bag a silver medal yesterday. It was at the Bert's Brick half in Potchefstroom where the first 100 finisher took one home. It not really notable though as it was a small provincial race of a few hundred. I finished in 1:40:51 with tones of Comrades 2013 - hot despite the 6:30 start and a wicked head wind on the way home. At least it was flat. I did have the option to pick up a brick at the brick factory at halfway and carry it running for 10.55km to win a 6-pack of beer, but that would have been pointless as I am a non-drinker these days.
I hope everyone's training is progressing as they would like. I'm going as I intend and want to do 180 miles this month on the flat. Getting used to the climate around here is taking some doing and I run either very early or very late. Also I am at 'altitude', although fairly low at around 1550m, which gives 82% of the effective oxygen at sea-level. I've been up to 20 miles and also doing regular tempo runs now.
Weekly I'm starting to do one long run, one medium-long run, one tempo and other easy running. My pace is picking up as when I returned to running I was very slow. I'm also seeing a biokinetisist who has already made a difference in managing my eternal periostitis that kept me out for so long.
That's quite a list of event forming. I will add some in due course, but things are great here - you can enter a marathon on the morning of the race - so it can depend on how I feel in the week as to what I can do at the weekend.
Leslie - I left the brick at the factory. I'm a non-drinker these days. If it had been in exchange for the same weight of chocolate then of course I would have taken it. Probably I would have taken a sack of cement though if that was the exchange. I did win a silver medal awarded to the first 100 finishers, but not so difficult in a small regional race.
Good work G-Dawg - not sure I can get those splits even on my bike these days.
Bert's Bricks 21.1k (that's a half marathon)today for me. Start time 6:30, prayers before the off, a soft-top Porsche as the the pace car, verbal instructions of which way to go, warnings of pot-holes. Race entry R90 or less than 5 pounds. Uniquely you can pick up a brick at the brick factory at halfway and carry it home to earn a 6-pack of beer.
My idea was to stick to 7:38 pace to come home in 1:40. I started a bit fast and after a few miles settled to my intended pace. It started to get hot because of no shade once we left town and I started to fall off the pace. Water stations were welcome - a sip to drink and then pour the rest over me. There was a headwind on the homeleg which caused my pace to drop even more. Things improved once I got back to the shaded and sheltered roads of town and pace picked up again. I crossed the line in 1:40:51. That's an all-right result considering I've had more or less a year off then a slow steady build up and considering the environmental factors. Progress being made.
20.5 miles for me yesterday in a big confidence boosting 8:35 pace. That brings me to 44miles for last week off 4 runs, including 1 tempo run. All figures and feelings getting better. Despite it being 20C when I set off I saw local runners in long trousers, jackets and one even had a beenie.
I went to see Major Cor (rank in army as Major and first name Cor) at the NWU biokinetics institute. He did assessment last week and today gave me the programme. He has picked up a number of points to work on. He is triathele so we had a ten minute OCD conversation about neutral running shoes over the last 10 years. 2 hours of assessment and programme cost 260 rand or around 14 pounds.
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