Debra Bourne

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Ankle area pain

Posted: Today at 13:57

Rest is probably a good idea, but you might want to go to a good physio and get some better idea what's happening, some massage/manipulation if needed, and maybe some exercises to help it for the longer term. Where's the pain? Inner side there's the possibility of posterior tibial tendon problems (and those are really, really worth getting sorted early if possible); outer side it could be peroneal (which can sometimes be due to tightness in the peroneal muscles, not the tendon itself).

1st Ultra Advice

Posted: Yesterday at 16:51

It's also worth looking at more than one 50K training plan, so you can see how they vary - indicates that the training is not set in stone.

For example the Ultraladies training plan at assumes you are starting a 20-week progrmme able to run a 16-mile LSR followed by six miles the next day; peaks at 26 miles followed by 10 miles at both six weeks out and four weeks out, with an easier week in between; and only gives mileage, no hill repeats or anything, while this one starts with the 'long' runs at 14km (less than 9 miles) followed by 5 km; tops out at 38 km (a little under 24 miles) without a semi-long run the next day; and has some speed repeats, tempo and hill sessions included in the middle of the plan.

First Aid Kit

Posted: Yesterday at 16:40
tricialitt wrote (see)

"Much more important would be a foil blanket, head torch with enough batteries, map (and ability to use it) and a mobile phone, plus some well as enough food/ water and clothes to survive if you sprain your ankle and have to wait in the middle of nowhere for a couple of hours waiting to be evacuated."

Absolutely! And the number of people who complain at the idea that they ought to carry basic survival stuff like clothes to avoid hypothermia is staggering.

Comrades 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 12:59

Mr Zuvai, that's good running. Great pace on the parkrun.

I decided to head out yesterday and hope to do 10 miles but cut back if necessary. Ended up on 10.12 in 1hr 33, so average 9:11/mile. Lovely sunny weather (if cold) predicted for this morning, and the club run was after all going to use the off-road routes (since frozen, not ankle-deep mud), so I thought I'd run to the club, go off on the run and I could always take the 90-mins option. Groin muscle twinged occasionally but always settled if I slowed down. Finished on 23 miles in 3:54, so about 10:10/mile overall - a little slower than I would have preferred but not too bad. Tomorrow will definitely be a rest day (except for cycling to work and back over Crystal Palace Hill...).

Comrades 2017

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 20:49

Still not sure whether to do the tour this time or not. If I do it then definitely the Friday - Saturday is for parkrunning (gently of course) then resting.

Hoping that my hip flexors are recovered from last weekend - two XC races, five miles then 6 miles, really took their toll. Not sure whether to go for shorter back-to-back runs or a proper 20+ mile long run this weekend. Only five weeks to my marathon and I know I'll feel better about  that if I've reached at least 24 miles previously, as I've not run that far for a while. 

Comrades 2017

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 14:48

Sports Cover Direct appears to offer ultras

Comrades 2017

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 21:53

Just checked Dog Tag. It rates an ultra as "Extreme +" and gives a quote of £97 for the single trip (minimum length for cover, 10 days) for the most basic level! Seems a bit... extreme - it's not like I'm running MdS

Comrades 2017

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 21:48

Seren nos, well done in the C to C.

20 weeks to go sounds okay...

No long run for me this weekend. Instead I ran in a 5-mile cross country race yesterday and was our 'A' team's fifth scorer; averaged about 8:05/mile, so happy with that. This morning I ran in a 6.7 mile XC mob match and was the second woman in our club to finish and 13th of 30 people in our club, and I was reasonably pleased with that run as well, if a bit cold and wet. This is not helping with training to cope with the heat at Comrades!

Mr Zuvai, I know what you mean about the temptation to make up 'lost' sessions - pretty much always a bad idea.

Club run next Sunday is c. 14 miles, so if I run to and from the club that makes 20 - should easily be able to extend it to 21 or 22. I don't care what the training schedules say, I will be a lot happier heading into my marathon next month if I've done at least 24 miles in a training run, so I'm working up to that. then may go more for the back-to-back runs.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 09:30

RR: I live in Beckenham, so Heathrow is a pain to get to (takes two hours plus) while Gatwick is 40 minutes away - and my in-laws will drive me to Gatwick if the trains are still messed up (or even if they aren't), so I'm going via Gatwick. It all depends where you're starting from!

Comrades 2017

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 18:16

Becca, half the overseas Comrades runners will be on that flight! I commented last year that it had the lowest average BMI of any flight I'd ever been on!

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