Debra Bourne

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Comrades 2016

Posted: Today at 08:02

I love that paragraph! And when you see what he's done with parkrun in South Africa now - a fantastic legacy.

The short answer: I felt there should be a book for the 10th anniversary and nobody else was writing one. I found myself thinking of ideas for chapters, and starting to write bits in my head, so I suggested it to Paul and he gave me the support I needed to contact so many people and interview them and gather the information.

Behind that... if I hadn't got injured in early 2011 (stress fracture and extensor tendonitis), I wouldn't have started volunteering at Lloyd parkrun every week, wouldn't have been asked to become the Event Director, and wouldn't have written the book! And writing it helped keep me sane while I couldn't run due to my posterior tibial tendon tear.

Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 23:58

I love my long runs, but I think parkruns are great, even though they're only 5k. I've seen parkrun change people's lives.

And i think it's really fantastic that there's now an international Comrades runner tradition of running North Beach parkrun in Durban the day before Comrades - I even included that in my book ("parkrun: much more than just a run in the park" - foreword by Bruce Fordyce).

Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 23:19

Ah! I will definitely try to get one on Friday (and then to book flights getting me there in time for that), because of course on Saturday morning I need to run a parkrun!

Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 23:00

lowrez, that's really kind - thank you! I'll see if I can book, but if not then I'll definitely accept that offer. I didn't even know there were different options for when... Two years ago I researched everything, but I've forgotten half of what I learned then, and this time I've been a bit busy with one thing and another.

Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 20:23

Oops - just entered without. Will see if I can add it - I knew I should have done that.

Yes, this will be my first Comrades - I entered for 2014 then tore my posterior tibial tendon in a cycling accident and couldn't do it. Really thought I was going to be unable to again due to the broken ankle, but I ran 17 miles on Sunday then 5.5 each way to & from work over Crystal Palace hill on Monday, so I think I can get trained okay. I have a place for London but in case something goes wrong (e.g. I get flu) and I can't run it, I've entered for the Dymchurch Marathon end of January to make sure I'm qualified.

I've run 50-milers in the UK previously, so the distance per se for Comrades should be okay, but I'm not sure how well I'll cope with being on road for 56 miles, and I'm a bit worried about the temperatures. Oh well!

Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 20:06

Terry, thank you! That's what I needed to know.

And I take it I can sign up for the bus tour later if I say no now?

Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 18:59

Info please! I'm completing my entry form (having been signed off from my broken ankle by the orthopaedic surgeons) and I'm not sure what to say when it asks: "Do you want to create your own fundraising page?" If I say "No", will I have no page, or will they create one. If I say yes, do I get to personalise the page, or do I have to start one from scratch???

Comrades 2016

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 14:33

TTT: Relax! Comrades is still six months away. You say you "Can't afford more time off due to injuries" but if you don't rest now it will take you longer to get back to fitness properly. You were cycling even when you weren't running much the previous two weeks, so you won't have lost much fitness. You'll be able to return to your previous levels quickly - so long as you allow your body time to repair properly now.

tibialis posterior nightmare, any advice??

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 21:35

I hate to say it, but you may have to take a longer period away from running to really let the tendons settle down. I tore my left posterior tibial tendon in a cycling accident and ended up in an Aircast PTT brace for five months (it has an air cushion under the arch, so the posterior tibial doesn't need to do any work). I then returned to running VERY carefully.  I wear half-length off-the-shelf orthotics (in my minimalist shoes) most of the time to reduce strain on the tendon (it has a scar, so will never be as strong as if it had never been injured) but I also run barefoot for strengthening.

Main exercises were with resistance bands, progressing to single-leg heel rises. Also proprioception exercises. I was headed back to ultras, and had run as far as 26-27 miles, when I broke my ankle five months ago. Now I'm heading back there again (longest run this side of the break being 16 miles, so far).

ultra training diet help

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 20:59

Real food not junk food. Enough protein for muscle repair and growth. Enough energy intake to fuel runs and repairs. Enough vitamins and minerals - preferably by eating a varied diet (lots of different vegetables and fruits) rather than taking supplements. Enough fats for essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins. After that, it's what you find effective. Experiment.

For during the runs... Whatever works for you. I like fig rolls, malt loaf, Kendal mint cake (which is just sugar, glucose and peppermint oil), jelly beans, green-ear Percy Pigs (I'm vegetarian), cheese sandwiches...

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Discussions started by Debra Bourne

Rturning to running after ankle fracture

How soon can I increase the mileage 
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Loss of padding - Salomon 10+3 vest backpack

Any ideas how to make it effective again? 
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Bandaging to support posterior tibial

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Calf cramp - when NOT running

usually when I've been sitting down 
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Backpack washing advice please

For my Salomon 10+3 wings vest backpack 
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Trail running shoes for small wide feet?

For 50-mile ultra 
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Raidlight backpack - water bottle-elbow collision

Any solution? 
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Garmin upload problem

ANT agent has loaded from 410xt but upload failed - how do I get the data? 
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Speeding up from 50K to marathon

How do I get faster again in nine weeks? 
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Up the long run or increase the next-day run?

Which have people found better? 
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Talkback: Weekday Winners: The Winners!

Well i just looked at the listing of winners for the first time and I'm gobsmacked because I seem to have won a pair of running shoes - but ... 
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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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Physio in Beckenham/Bromley/West Wickham/Croydon?

First run after 5 weeks off and side of foot pain returns 
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Metatarsal stress fracture recovery

Recovery recommendations please for asap but not too soon... 
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Increasing speed, forefoot/minimalist shoes

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