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Enought training for New York Marathon

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 13:51

Just do it. It is a good day out and you get to go through 5 boroughs of NY. I recommend doing the pizza tour the day before for some carb loading

Achilles problem

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 15:13

But will an MRI and X-ray shed light on a big pile of spam just like you served up


Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 16:37

I wasn't sure what your point was Nayan. If you are interested in the plan then I recommend reading up. The 4:30 debutant and the 2:45 aspirant will equally carry a lot of fatigue and would most likely be as  likely to get a cold as a P&D plan. These plans all fall off the Lydiard branch. Same principles, different execution.


Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 15:40

Great result Nell

Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 15:39

It is a common misconceptions that there is no place for a 20 mile run in a Hanson Plan - go look at the 60-80 mpw off the shelf plan. Don't rely on a couple of internet articles written several years ago by Running Times and

Tendon Injury - Private MRI and PCP in UK?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 08:31

A different tendon involved, but my Foot/ankle consultant is not doing PRP injections anymore - too many poor / bad outcomes. He takes things as far as ESWT and then surgery only if something odd comes out on the mri. 

If you insist, go to a Dr and ask for private referral. Don't be surprised though if the treatment you seek is not offered.  You may be left with a dent in the wallet and a cd full of mri images .


Nutrition before a very early 15 miler

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 08:07

I presume you are not pushing the pace so just get up and go. The body has a stack of energy on board waiting to be used. Keep it simple.

Am I ready for the marathon?

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 13:43

I'm of the school of thought that 26.2 miles is achievable for someone fit and healthy. Yes there will no doubt be some aches and pains during and after. The goal might be something like "just finish", the day might not be all plain sailing.

There is one glaring thing to address, and that is your marathon pace of 6km per hour. At this point in time you really don't know what your marathon pace is. If you based that on your half marathon time then you need to remember the caveat "provided you trained for the distance"

slowly slowly 



Achilles problem

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 22:00

I think the message here is that there is no golden bullet. There is no single thing that will work for all. There isn't a guaranteed fix available from physios and medical practitioners.

the heel drop protocol is usually one of the first things recommended to me by other runners, physios, and surgeons. To give things a chance, stop running and follow the protocol religiously. We are not talking days here, we are talking weeks. Sometimes it worked out for me, other times it didn't. If it doesn't then there are plenty of other fixes available with varying odd of success. 

Achilles tendonitis

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 22:50

I'm currently seeing an Orthopaedic Surgeon. He is adamant that using Alfredsons heel drop protocol combined with avoiding the aggravating cause is the first thing he would advise. It works for the majority, but  doesn't always work out. My MRI scans of my Achilles show no healing taking place after 6 months having tries out most of the 1st line of attack approaches.

I'd tackle thinks head on and not put any pressure to do the 10k in Oct.

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