Bit of a random request for running forum I guess but here goes.....I'm an injured runner (currently struggling with ITB syndrome in one leg and runners knee in the other) and thus can't actually run at the moment. If it was summer I'd cycle to keep my fitness up but as it's winter I can only cycle at the weekends as it's too dark before and after work to cycle on the unlit narrow country roads where we live. Thus I was thinking about getting a turbo trainer for my bike to use indoors and wondered if anyone out there had ever had one and could recommend one that's effective, good quality, not too expensive and not too noisy?!
I have some Brooks Adrenaline ASRs which are hybrid shoes, I find them good on road and trail, and wear them for my local Park run which is 50:50 tarmac and field. They're perhaps not the best if it's very muddy though. My dedicated trail shoes are Adidas Kanadia's which are great in the mud but feel a bit strange when running on tarmac.Oh, and I live in Yorkshire so it's pretty well wet all the time
I've recently developed what I think is IT band syndrome with pain down the outside out my left knee - what are the best ways to recover from this and how long does it usually take? And can I do any other form of exercise whilst I'm unable to run (like cycling, aerobic style fitness classes, hiking)? I'm anxious to minimize the recovery time so I can get back running again but I also don't want to lose too much fitness or jeopardise my race schedule for the next few months!
Thanks everyone, I did make sure I kept hydrated during the day and took plenty of water with me so I could sip during the race if I needed to and easily re-hydrate afterwards. I probably set off a bit too quickly really (competetive instinct kicking off when the gun goes probably!) but I managed to maintain a good pace and despite the heat achieved both my original targets for the race - a sub-45 finish time and a new PB!! Feeling rather pleased with myself now but think my legs might be a bit sore tomorrow!
So tonight I have a 10k race, part of a club summer league series, on a flat course which should have good PB potential. Except it's a sticky 26C or so outside with barely a breath of wind and not likely to cool down much in the next 3.5 hours before the race gets underway!
I do almost all my training first thing in the morning so I never normally have to worry too much about heat. I already find evening races more difficult than morning ones, and I'm now debating how to tackle tonight's race in this heat. Is it best to just take it steady and see what happens, or should I just go all out for race pace and give that elusive PB a go anyway!?
Any tips on coping running in hot weather would be very welcome