Debra Bourne

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Comrades 2017

Posted: Today at 09:56

Terry, Becca, Southern Snail, Lowrez, marty, Running Rodent: thank you.

Becca, that's reassuring, but I'm worried how I'm supposed to work back up in terms of both distance and speed if every time I try to do so I get a stress fracture... Maintaining fitness isn't a problem, seriously - it's not fitness holding me back each time, it's trying not to increase mileage and speed too rapidly. I honestly thought I was being sensible. I worked up to a 21.5 mile run, then I decreased the mileage while doing some shorter fast runs - thought that would be okay, but obviously it didn't work.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 13:33

Terry: Hope you have a good run at Chelmsford, whatever your finish time.

Sadly, I won't be running Beachy Head marathon on 29th, nor a marathon this side of the New Year, and I may have to put my Comrades plans on hold again: I ran a fast parkrun on Saturday (0nly 12 seconds outside my PB), went for a little job on Sunday and felt a sudden pain in my right foot after about 1.5 miles. Nothing on x-ray but classic clinical signs of a metatarsal stress fracture: pain on pressure over the third metatarsal and I totally fail the hop test (as in, I'm not even prepared to TRY to hop). Very, VERY frustrated. Bone density scan next week after which I'll have more idea whether I have a real problem with low bone density or have just been very unlucky. I know I did more speedwork in the last few weeks but I'd also dropped my mileage quite a bit...

Comrades 2017

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 18:03

Hi Marty: yes, I've run Beachy Head before, although that was in 2012 when I was at my fittest so I expect to be slower. Sausage rolls are useless to me: I'm vegetarian!

I ran Manchester in the inaugural race, memorable for all the wrong reasons: 4 degrees Centigrade before windchill, gale-force winds, rain and hail. And a total mess with the luggage (I was lucky - my stepmother took me there, stayed and had my kit). Playing with hypothermia on that one did however mean that I took the warnings seriously for SDW50 the following year and had enough layers (and proper waterproofs) with me - I looked like a drowned rat on the photos but I was okay temperature-wise.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 08:18

That version looks good.

Entered Beachy Head Marathon and I hope to finish in under 5 hours! If all holds up for that, I'll go ahead and enter Comrades, and then look for a 'proper', i.e. flatter, marathon to get me under 4 hours for pen D.

Extensor tendonitis – rehabilitation and recovery

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 13:08

Seriously time for you to get to a physio if you possibly can...

Comrades 2017

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 08:04

Z-O, if you look on the previous page (or maybe the one before) you'll see some lists of intended qualifying races and at the top some indications of where people are staying.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:59

Another vote for the Garmin trace - looks great, Lowrez.

Guess I ought to get around to entering... and choosing/entering a qualifier or two.

Thinking about doing Beachy Head just for fun/long training run, then one of the SVN races.

Ran the Croydon 10K in 47:06, which is 96 seconds slower than my PB from 2012 for the same race, so I still have a way to go to get back to my former speed. Not sure I'll get a sub-4-hour in late November/early December - that's suddenly looking very close!

Extensor tendonitis – rehabilitation and recovery

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 14:39

I had both together - metatarsal stress fracture and extensor tendonitis - a few years ago. Rested six weeks, which sorted the stress fracture, but the tendons were no better. Physiotherapy helped, also I got some chiropodist's felt and cut a piece out with a hole in the middle  - a donut shape. Before every run I taped this (using Micropore tape) with the hole over the sore area to make sure there was no pressure on the sore area - it worked! Good luck.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 14:20

Have to say the Heartbreaker looks nice - gravel trails through forest, and I like undulating better than flat, really.

JAR: Thanks (and sorry you're not getting anywhere re. the timing). Metabolic adaptations are still there - no problem to run 21.5 miles fasted and without eating. Soon I'm going to have to start eating during some of the long runs, remind my body about splitting blood flow between legs and guts! Croydon 10K this Sunday, so a good opportunity to just how much slower I am than I was at my peak before my injuries!

Comrades 2017

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 17:42

Lowrez, I'm booked into Belaire Suites as well.

Latest: 21.5 miles on Sunday in 3:27 after a 5 mile cross-country race on Saturday. So getting the distance back, although my speed for the shorter distances is way down. My GP has managed to get me in for a bone density scan later in the month, so at least I will know that either I'm okay and can stop worrying (after the ankle fracture followed by the pelvic stress fracture), or if I'm not okay then start doing something about it (I'm already taking supplementary calcium and vitamin D - have been doing since the stress fracture).

Trying to choose a marathon for qualification. I do like the low-key SVN races. Could aim for Saxon Shore 27th November... or Dymchurch again on 4th December. And they have one on 26th Feb if I don't make the sub-4 hours 8 or 9 weeks from now...

Any recommendations for mid- to late December or January marathons in the south-east, preferably low-key?

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