I suffered with ITB problems last year when I was training for the London marathon. I got into a cycle where I would rest it for a few days, think all was OK, only for the problem to reoccur 1-2 miles into a run. I made a decision that if I was still suffering at the end of February, I would not do the marathon. It may have been cautious, as I could certainly have 'got around' but I was after a PB and I also didn't want to sacrifice all the races I had booked over the summer just for one marathon. I tried various straps (if you read the reviews on amazon, you'd think they were the holy grail), but these didn't help for me. When I decided not to do the marathon I had a 2 week rest from running and focused on various glute strength exercises. These seemed to do the trick for me. I did try lots of foam rolling too, but this didn't seem to help, although I know it does for others.
I'd forgotten how early you run, Shades. Gloves allowed then
Annsophie - good to hear you've booked some races over the summer. And glad that your mum is settled in a new home, must be a big relief for you.
Big G - still racking up the miles, that sub 20 parkrun must be on it's way for you soon.
Keith - I can't stand Eurovision as it means that Casualty isn't on
Had intended to do the club track session tonight but I'm wimping out as hamstring feels tight. I'm not sure now whether this is post-marathon soreness lingering on or whether it's because I went on the park exercise machines again when my son had football yesterday. Either way I'll play safe.
My OH has got hold of a number for the BUPA 10k as someone at my club is injured. Not sure who'll look after my 8 yo now, hopefully my 13 yo will oblige.
Shades - hope the foot improves. Can't believe you're still wearing gloves! I had sun, wind, rain and hail on my run yesterday and later there was lightning. I saw that a house on a road that I'd run near had been struck and the roof caught fire! All OK though.
I'd like to beat my last year's time at BUPA (42:59) but that'a not a PB as I ran a couple that started with 41 in the summer league races last year. But I think to beat those times I need to try and get my 5k down a bit first.
Westy - my son was Prospero when his primary school did the Tempest a few years back. I was very excited, thinking I'd bred a thespian but it turned out there was a handful of Prosperos - they rotated for each scene. Made it all even harder to understand what was going on.
Madbee - I've only ever run HMs as part of marathon training but was feeling similar about doing the GNR in October. But I would have thought that if the training is HM specific, that should help you go sub 90 mins. Have you entered a HM yet? I want to try and get my 5k and 10k times down over the summer and won't be following a HM plan for GNR. But I want to keep up a longish run.
I'm doing the BUPA 10k in London on Monday. Feeling a bit underprepared but can hopefully just try and enjoy it and not stress about pace.
MsE and Chicksta - enjoy the sports massages. I've only ever had two and expected more pain. But they were at least useful for loosening the legs.