It's in my lower back Tom, at its worst it also radiates down my right leg. Been doing the strengthening exercises for a week now and already feeling the difference. It still feels sore but I'm physically feeling stronger and don't feel like I'm slumping when I start to get tired like I was before.
Just a question on diet. I know lots like to do their running first thing in the morning without eating to encourage fat burning efficiency. I struggle to do this as I do most of my running at lunch. I've been toying with the idea of skipping breakfast altogether so that my lunch runs are fasted. I've done it a couple of times and was surprised how easily I could hold out until after the lunch run. I didn't notice that I was struggling at all on the runs (10ish mile fartlek/tempo). I've made sure I've had a good lunch then had some porridge at about 3pm to make up for breakfast I guess. Does this seem like a reasonable idea or completely stupid?
I've tried fasted runs and found it a real struggle. The feedback has always been to persevere and it will get easier but just not sure the benefits outweigh the discomfort in my case. I would say if you are able to do it without any issue and you don't see any signs of decline in your training or recovery then there can't be any harm in giving it a go. Impressive day's training too HA77.
Double run for me yesterday totalling 15 miles. An easy 5 mile lunch run followed in the evening by a surprisingly enjoyable 10 mile steady run. Hadn't expected much as my legs were feeling tired and still a bit sore from the circuits class on Monday but once I got out I found myself clipping along nicely without too much effort. Back is still quite tight and sore but even that didn't put a dampener on things. I think I might finally be starting to enjoy my running again.
NE - could your watch have been syncing to someone else's HRM strap during the Manchester Marathon or could it be picking up your cadence? Clutching at straws really.
The optical encoders are built in to the watch so don’t need to transmit. The reviews I’ve read seem to suggest that the optical HRM readers aren’t particularly reliable, unless you have them ridiculously tight to your wrist. I would guess it’s just giving false readings. You could borrow someone elses HRM (a chest or arm mounted device) for a run and compare the two results if it’s bothering you NE? That would at least tell you if it’s the device.