Debra Bourne

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Comrades 2017

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:15

Mango-Chillie, last year I qualified using one of the Saxons, Vikings & Normans marathons - about as far from a big city marathon as you can get - and it was no problem.

Bike it: Sympathies. Glad you are finally on the mend.

Avulsion fracture 5th metatarsal base advice please

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:56

Sympathies! It's tough when you can't run. Pity about getting to the parkrun, as in my experience volunteering feels a lot better than sitting at home! Might be worth emailing your parkrun, seeing if they can put out a call: if someone is driving from near where you live, they may be willing to give you a lift so you can get there and volunteer.

Once you can wear a stiff-soled shoe you should be able to cycle (I could with a 2nd metatarsal fracture, anyway - 5th may be a bit different) - I put the seat down a bit so I could easily put a foot down for stopping.

Other that rest: make sure you have good nutrition, with enough protein, calcium and vitamin D. And get enough sleep. And be very glad you're not on crutches, because from experience (fractured ankle) I can tell you that's even more limiting than the aircast boot!

Lower back pain - should I run

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:46

Lots of rest during your taper isn't a bad thing. I had an enforced zero-running taper for the three weeks before my first marathon, due to piriformis syndrome - I was allowed one gentle run of 3 miles on the Wednesday before the race, and I did fine. 

Comrades 2017

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:05

Booked a room in the Belaire Suites. Not actually entered or decided on a possible qualifying marathon yet... Been a bit tied up with other things, including my cat not being well and the fact that I'm Race Director for a 5-mile cross country next Sunday.

Speaking of which, if anyone is interested, there's this great 5-mile cross country race, the Switchback 5, in Lloyd Park & Addington Hills, Croydon, 10.30 next Sunday morning... Only £6 affiliated/£8 non-affiliated (£8/10 on the day), all finishers get tea/coffee, cake and a T-shirt! (Prizes for 1st M&F, plus age group and team trophies).

Comrades 2017

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 17:42

seren nos: would that be this plan: - I based my training for my first 50-miler on that and it worked pretty well. I totally agree with a cutback/drop-down week every third or fourth week. I think a mistake many people make in training, whether as a relative beginner going for their first HM or runners going for marathon or ultra, is not giving themselves sufficient time to build up - including allowing time for drop-down weeks and the possibility of illness or a pulled muscle that needs resting or whatever.

Compensatory movements lingering post-injury

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 22:29

Go to a physiotherapist, get a proper assessment and a decent set of exercises to do based on that assessment, then do them!

Lots cheaper and better to do it now, before you get a serious problem due to the compensation, rather than wait until it leads to a stress fracture or other serious injury (speaking from experience...).

Pain in calves

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 14:14

Self-massage those calves. Get a bit of oil (coconut oil for cooking will do, also baby oil - anything that smells okay to you!) and massage your calves, using both hands on each calf and making sure to get both parts of gastrocnemium (the larger, outer calf muscles) and soleus (smaller and deeper, a bit lower, in the centre of the back of your calf. Massage at least twice a day. Go back to using your old shoes. If you haven't taken several days off running, do that. Note that it's better to rest now, sort the calves out, possibly get behind on your training and use a run-walk strategy if necessary for the half marathon than to try to push on now, cripple yourself, and not be able to run in October at all. Good luck!

Comrades 2017

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 18:15

marty:thanks. Yes, I've done Beachy Head before (that WIND!)  and enjoye it. I'm just trying to decide whether working up form my present level (9-mile LSR last weekend) to that in under three months is vaguely sensible after a stress fracture. Should probably be okay if I don't try to race Beachy.

Re. a 50-miler prior to Comrades, it depends: in 2013 I set myself the challenge of five 50-milers and ran Thames Trot, SDW 50, NDW 50, Lakeland 50 and Ladybower 50... I've been wondering about tackling both Comrades and Lakeland 50 next year, if I can get a place for Lakeland 50, and I would certainly have been doing SDW50 if it didn't clash with a work event - apart form being trail rather than road it's similar terrain and I hope to do lots of training along SDW once I get my mileage up.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 19:42

Hi Matt, Welcome! Pretty much any official marathon or ultra should be fine. I did the Saxons, Vikings and Normans Dymchurch Marathon and that was accepted. Ensurance life events tend to be over rather than under stated distance- at least, that's my experience from the Sussex Coastal Trail series earlier this year.

Regarding hotels, it depends on the hotel. Rooms in the Hilton get pricy, while e.g. Belaire Suites (on the coast, very comfortable) stays much more reasonable - book through e.g. and you can cancel any time to three days before without penalty, so if a better offer comes up you can always switch. Now if you wanted to book a hotel in Pietermaritzburg... you're probably a couple of months too late!

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 13:34

Booktrunk: how did the local 24-hour race go? Hope you had a good time.

LNandB: Correct; I didn't get to run Comrades. However, I did go to South Africa and I finally posted my non-run report (

I'm also back running again now, finally, including a great nine-mile woodland trail run last Sunday (another blog post!).

Considering whether to enter Beachy Head Marathon and jog round it for fun, or whether that's too short a time to sensibly return to that length of run.

Will: everyone is different and no training plan is set in stone. However, I find it's worth looking at some plans to see the kind of volumes of running that would be appropriate. For example if you look at for a 50K (31 mile) race they suggest reaching 56 miles a week including a couple of weekends of a 26-mile run followed by a 10-mile run. For their 50-mile schedule, it's 26/12 and 62 miles for the week. I sort-of followed these for my first ultras and found them helpful. But I also made use of some other 50K plans that looked quite a bit different e.g. (sorry, it's in km not miles).


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