Debra Bourne


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When to resume training after injury / Marathon / soreness....

Posted: Yesterday at 10:08

REST! And see a physio about that foot. Sympathies for wanting to get back out there (I'm only just restarting after a forced rest of six months) but at this point it would seem your body is really telling you to rest - and if you don't you'll end up with something much worse than a pulled calf.

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:00

Dank-art: there's a nice little 30-miler - Croydon Ultra - you could consider for your first step up from marathon on your way to the Country to Capital. It's a small event, friendly, food and water every 7.5 miles, second half is nearly flat, it's inexpensive. It will be 6th July this year.  I ran in it in 2012 and manned an aid station last year.

I ran the London Marathon!

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 18:21

Thanks - yes, as you know, it's very frustrating. Been doing stuff for core and glutes throughout the no-running period and will continue those. I've also been given exercises for the ankle/PTT with a resistance band, and single-leg heel rises (I can do 20 of those at a time now, and at the start I could only manage five). As for the running, I'll try increasing to four miles in a couple more weeks (I am being AMAZINGLY sensible about increasing slowly). Looking forward to being able to run for long enough that I can start going out on runs with my running club again.

I ran the London Marathon!

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 19:14

BethW: Well done and THANK YOU! Having just had six months off with a posterior tibial tendon tear and (I'm told from MRI) permanent degeneration in the tendon, but being determined to return to ultramarathon running, it's really really good to hear from someone who is back running marathons. So far I've managed to do a parkrun...

Recommendations re. the rehab?

Metatarsal fracture recovery exercises

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 22:38

Or back stroke with a pull buoy...

Is it a stress fracture, x-ray doesn't show anything?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 20:38

I found volunteering at my local parkrun to be a lot better than sitting around feeling frustrated because I couldn't run...

Is it a stress fracture, x-ray doesn't show anything?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:39

Stress fracture or stress reaction often does NOT show up on x-ray, particularly initially. The very sharp pain would fit with a stress fracture. The good news is that if you REST it, really rest it, for about six weeks it should heal (I was advised to wear a shoe with a rigid sole). The bad thing is that if it's actually something else, it might not heal with rest (rest sorted my stress fracture back in 2011 but not the extensor tendonitis I'd developed at the same time - that needed physio).

As for re-starting, yes, you need to start with small distances/short times and work up again. But I worked up from restarting end of May to half-marathon by October and 50K by the following January. Good luck!

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:46

carterusm: Yes, I know - all my fault! But I think you'll enjoy it. For eating, try slowing down on your long slow runs - then there should be enough blood supply remaining going to your gut for digestion. Other than that, it's just practice and finding out what works for you. Gels may be fine for 50K but most people seem to want solid food for the longer distances.

As for me, well, I tore my posterior tibial tendon in a stupid cycling accident end of September, so my plans for this year (Pilgrims 2-day, London Marathon, Comrades, possibly Ridgeway 85) are toast. After a six month enforced rest, I have so far worked back up to doing a hilly parkrun in just under 29 minutes! So, rather a long way to go to get back to ultras, and that's assuming the tendon (permanently damaged, I've been told) holds out.

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:10

Hi Carterusm. I used a combination of http://www.runforthetoad.com/trainingprogram.html ( it's in km so I had to convert to miles - I could try to dig the converted version out for you if you want) and http://www.trailrunevents.com/ul/schedule-50k.asp for my first 50K and found them useful. I rather like that the two schedules are rather different from each other; it shows there's no single correct way to train. Worked for me.

Agree that lots of time spent on ascents and descents would be a good idea before a hilly 50K.

Foot injury

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:03

KAKS: Sympathies. The good news is that yes, it takes about six weeks to heal, but then it should be fine (unlike tendon problems). Yes, being unable to get out and run is frustrating, but really, six weeks off is not too bad (says she from the perspective of having just had six MONTHS off with a tendon injury). Do what cross-training you can, and build up again gradually once you're running.

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Which have people found better? 
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Top of foot pain - any suggestions?

Not stress fracture - further up the foot and up the lower calf 
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Metatarsal stress fracture recovery

Recovery recommendations please for asap but not too soon... 
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