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High-end hypermobile

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 20:34

The key for me has been strengthening exercises which are targetted in the middle of the range of movement - ie the 'normal' part of the range.

So - I have no problem hyperextending my knees to - 20deg. I also have very lax cruciate ligaments (effectively non-functional). So I target leg strengthening exercises where my knee only travels between 60 and 90 degrees of flexion. This might be squats where only go up and down a few inches. I also do a lot of cycling, where the range of movement of hip, knee and ankle are all very modest and so on. I think the reason this helps is that it increases the tone of the muscles which cross the relevant joint, providing a bit of external bracing. I know my knees will still pop all over the place if I consciously relax, but during normal running they feel much more stable. Still a bit iffy if I overextend while fellrunning downhill, but I just avoid this. 

I'm not sure how you would extend this principle to ankle exercises, which need to provide stability in more planes and directions than the hinged knee joint, but I do know that cycling a lot has helped my ball-and-socket hips over the last few years - I feel much more 'solid' now in my 40s than I did in my 20s.  

I hope that helps a bit.

Hyper Mobility Syndrome (HMS)

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 20:50

As you might imagine, I am hypermobile as well. I'm also a GP FWIW.

To the OP - I get your frustration. You're right to say that your hypermobility itself shouldn't really cause much pain - but it leaves you prone to injuries that can. If you had such an injury, though, it ought to show up somehow. They're elusive buggers though, so it's perfectly possible that there's nothing to see on XR, MR etc. 2 years continous is unusual, mind.

I'd also agree that fibromyalgia is a syndrome defined by widespread pain - you can't really attribute continuous back pain to it.

Don't despair - there are a few threads on this site involving people who have managed to maintain their running. Personally I have to cap my weekly mileage to about 35 mpw or my knees swell, I also have to change shoes pretty regularly - about every 250-300miles - or the small joints in my feet swell up. I tend to rotate swimming and cycling as well (the latter has really helped my knees- plenty of hill climbs) and have kept my tendency to flare up to a minimum. I've now got 4 ironmans and a few marathons under my belt, so despite the niggles, I still get out to enjoy myself plenty.

One final thought - no all back pain is musculoskeletal - has anyone considered eg endometriois as a cause of both pelvic and back pain?


The Wanna Blista Social Club.

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 17:26

JS - shall do. She's just tucking into tea. She might be a while!

Some staggering efforts and times there - you can only have managed that on the back of some very committed training. From the sound of things on the event's thread, some folks hadn't prepared as well- it sounds like carnage at the end.

The Wanna Blista Social Club.

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 16:37

Well done to all who survived today. They must be just about the hardest running conditions possible. Glad I wasn't manning the medical tent at this one.

Dead proud of Mrs BTB, though - 2.06/2.05 splits for a big PB. Well 'ard.

Now her main event's out of the way I'll hopefully get some time to get out for some long runs with you all. I've  a bunch of 20+ milers which don't involve either Morrisons or the MWW if that would tempt anyone.

K Swiss Trainers

Posted: 24/09/2011 at 18:41
Our local sweatshop manager tells me that the K-ona is about to be dropped. The California is slightly more built up and a wee bit heavier, but still feels like a K-swiss, if you know what I mean.

Ironman Training pointers please!

Posted: 04/08/2011 at 12:46

All the above, especially about family support, plus

1. Live on your bike - commuting, shopping, riding to the pool etc. Just get the miles in, especially the 'dirty' ones when it's cold/windy/hilly.

2. Do a few medium length runs first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, having ridden/run the previous evening. It's hard to replicate the second half of an IM marathon, but persevering when you feel like sh*t is part of it. take these really steady. I do them in the spring, with a camera.

3. If you feel you have a tweak/niggle sort it out, don't try to push through it - a day off now may save a month off down the line.

4. Until you're staring the IM in the face (about 2 months before for me) don't 'train' - just 'play out with your mates' as much as you can. I find it hard to focus on a goal so far away, but am always up for a run/ride/swim with my buddies.

The Wanna Blista Social Club.

Posted: 02/08/2011 at 14:50

Thanks for all the congrats. Sunday was probably the most satisfying event I've ever done.

Looking back on Fetch, I've done 360 hours training since New Year's Day - pretty much bang on 12 hours/week. About half of that is before work/long diversions while commuting, the rest has been a concerted effort to wear out the canal toepath with DB on a Thursday morning with a few long bike rides thrown in for good measure.

I'm claiming 5 PBs with the marathon being both an IM and freestanding best(although it may have been a bit short and was definitely a net downhill with a tailwind)

SARQ- if you fancy a 70.3 then the Vitruvian and Bala are excellent. A Day in the Lakes is very tough, with mountain passes on the bike and fells on the run, but ace. Wimbleball is supposed to be good but v tough and miles away.

I'll say again what I said last year - there are plenty of you could hammer an IM if you fancy it. Definitely worth doing once, if only to surprise yourself.

The Wanna Blista Social Club.

Posted: 01/08/2011 at 15:34

You're right, JMC. It started off as a one-off 'I've always fancied doing that' in 2009, then 'well I'm sure that I can do it a wee bit quicker' last year, followed by this year's 'this might be the last one in the NW,so I should do it again then retire'. So now I've done what I wanted.

That's it for me. Back to 5 quid fell races.



But I would like to get my swim time under an hour. And a 3.17 mara is awfully close to 3.15. And....

The Wanna Blista Social Club.

Posted: 01/08/2011 at 12:13

Happy Birthday DB

(Go on, count them)

Thanks to anyone who kept me company during long training miles this year.

Apart from an elbow in the eye during the mayhem that is an IM swim, nothing could have gone better. The weather was perfect, the crowd phenomenal, the finish spine-tingling and I have a new hero in this this amazing guy who finished in less than 13 hours.

IMUK 2011

Posted: 01/08/2011 at 12:02

Well done Andy and all other finishers.

Hope you're OK this morning, Ali.

The new organiser is Kevin Stewart, sounds like he's employed directly by WTC- I think he said he is overseeing Galway, Wimbleball, Tenby and Bolton, although I may be wrong about that. They did a great job yesterday, and the support on the course was magnificent. Plenty of locals out supporting all the way round, and as the pubs filled up there was plenty of rowdy noise building. Nice to see the pirates and COLT leading the way. The finish was spectacular.

A great day for me, knocking 58 mins off last year's time to finish in 10.54 with a 3.17 mara PB to boot.

I think I'll consider the outlaw next as it's around the area I grew up in, and I might volunteer for Bolton next year.

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