Andy Hobbs

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New Shoes

Posted: 26/11/2003 at 15:47
LMS ... do be a bit careful. I bought new running shoes (Saucony Grid Omni 3s) and they may well have been a large contributory factor in me getting acute achilles tendonitis.

Go easy until you are comfortable that they are not contributing to any stiffness and risking injury.

Using sports as training

Posted: 24/11/2003 at 11:38
Do many people here use various sports as part of their training routines ?

I recently did the NY Marathon, despite acute achilles tendonitis. Despite being an above average squash, badminton and tennis player, I neglected these sports almost in their entirety during my build up, and I am now wondering whether their neglect was a contributory factor to my injuries as most of these sports will help with flexibility and replace, or enhance, most stretching routines.

Anyone any thoughts, either in agreement or to the contrary ? I will probably refrain from squash until I feel they are properly beeter (a good friend ruptured his achilles on the squash court which wasn't nice) but am tempted to try racketball or badminton with inferior opposition.


Posted: 22/11/2003 at 11:35
It is now !!

Go Johnny Go !!


Posted: 22/11/2003 at 11:31
What a fitting way for the right man to make the winning kick !

My First Marathon

Posted: 22/11/2003 at 09:09
Material things don't really matter. So long as you have enough so to speak. Roof over your head, a means to travel (bus pass or car) and enough to take you on any sort of break occassionally.

My earning power in the rat race is probably quite significant, but I have been sick of it for at least the last 4 years, and I won't go back in unless there really are no alternative options.

I guess I could contract (IT) part time and better my previous income, while still improving my work/life balance, and that is one of the options currently under investigation. It's amazing how many opportunities really are out there if you take the time to look for them.

Marathon Nutters Anonymous

Posted: 20/11/2003 at 11:00
Shades, does it run round the TT course at all ? Maybe I could go over on the bike coz it's the only way I could do all those miles in such a short time frame.

My First Marathon

Posted: 20/11/2003 at 09:49
Thanks FS, but don't be sorry. I have been here 14 yrs, the last 7 in senior management roles, and things are not what they were. The move to "special projects" last October meant this is by no means any sort of shock. I see it as an opportunity to get out of a rut and maybe even find something I actually like doing. IT is such a chore these days. Should also give me more time to concentrate on running and cross training enough to avoid the injury woes of NY build up.

My First Marathon

Posted: 20/11/2003 at 09:39
The details have come back from Amsterdam telling me not to expect to hear anything until March next year !

First run since New York yesterday, as couldn't do total rest and was being nagged by office running partner. We did 3 gentle miles (about 3.3 in reality) and I have to confess that it was much harder than I imagined it would be. Knees more than anything were quite sore afterwards, below and to the outside. Will be careful.

Went to do some resistence training this morning at Fitness First, did calfs (all the info I can find about achilles injuries suggest calf strengthening will help).

Have lost my job, so will be out of work from 19th December, and with it goes private health, so the physio will be a thing of the past !

My First Marathon

Posted: 13/11/2003 at 14:50
17th October.

They have a 6 hour cut off apparently at the finish.

I'm quite interested in the alternative types of pain relief which might be available in some of the coffee shops and cafe's in the evening !

My First Marathon

Posted: 13/11/2003 at 14:21
Well, the group of eight have been looking for future challenges, and we have all (well, 6 of us) decided that Amsterdam 2004 is to be the next step.

I now plan 5 weeks of rest from running, swims and weight sessions to keep in shape, before starting out on a very gradual "injury free" build up to next year.

I will reset my 3:30 target, and let's see what happens this time.
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