Debra Bourne

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Metatarsal fracture recovery exercises

Posted: Yesterday at 22:38

Or back stroke with a pull buoy...

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

Posted: Yesterday 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: Yesterday 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: Yesterday 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 ( 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 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.

Foot injury

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 16:54

Really simple suggestion to start with: loosen your shoe laces. (If you can run barefoot see if it doesn't hurt when not wearing shoes.) It may simply be a pressure point from the laces and loosening them, or making a donut-shaped pad you can stick onto your foot under the laces (hole over the point where pressure is causing pain) is all you need. However, alternative possible problems include stress fracture (which would fit with being almost non-weight-bearing and extensor tendonitis, so if you eliminate pressure point as a possible cause, you may need to go ask a physio.


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 13:30

Kendal mint cake - it's just sugar, glucose and peppermint oil, so nothing for the gut to object to! Also like cougies says - jelly beans etc. I'm vegetarian so a bit limited in range of sweets I can use, but I find Green Ear Percy Pigs (M&S) are good, and jelly beans.

Sciatic nerve pain

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 14:52

Rest, physio if you can get it and the tennis ball to try to relax your pirifirmis muscle (if that's what's causing it). Good luck.

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 12:46

tricialitt - well done, particularly in pacing to still be able to run towards the end.

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