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Giving up the booze

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 17:19

I hope you have a quick recovery, Bill.  There's lots of runners in our fellowship too.  I know one who is quite famous too; a really big name in this persons area of running.  I couldn't believe they were an alcoholic - seriously - considering how much of a top level runner this person is.  Obviously I can't say who.

I'm meeting up with a few alkie runners at the weekend too for a 12 mile run through the mud and hills, followed by cake at a local coffee shop.

Can I ask which part of the country you come from and is your name really Bill W?  Mine's not EDI; I'm Tosh! 

Giving up the booze

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 16:13

Hi Bill, it's often difficult, especially with people fairly new to running (not that I'm any expert) to try and pin point what the actual cause is.

Maybe your running shoes are fine and it's your form?  Or maybe you did too much too soon?  

I'd ice it twice a day, if I could, take some Ibruprofen, and lay off the running till it's better.  Maybe a sports massage could help too?  If you contact your local running club, by e-mail would be fine, I'm sure they could recommend someone that they use.

Can I ask if you were following any beginner's program?  If not, then a couch to 5k program is recommended.  It'll help you not to overdo it.

Giving up the booze

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 14:19

New running shoes shouldn't need any breaking in; they should be good to go straight from the box.

I'm not a fan of over-engineered stability shoes; I think this whole area is mostly a con promulgated by running shoe companies who want us to spend a wadge of money on this stuff.  I also think they can cause injuries, rather than prevent them.  I believe that there's no independent evidence to show that 'gait analysed' running shoes prevent injury.

What I do think is important is a half-decent running form.  If you check out some youtubes of 'natural running' or 'Alexander technique' or 'chi running' or 'barefoot running' (they're all very similar); it'll give you an idea of what I'm on about.

I just buy cheap neutral running shoes; I like them comfortable, but very basic.  I did most of my mileage for an off-road marathon in a £20 pair from Start Fitness, and I'm currently doing about 35 miles a week in a £15 pair from the same place.  My body is feeling pretty good; no niggles; and pain free.

Giving up the booze

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 17:43
Cinders wrote (see)

Welcome Bill

Ouch to Mrs Easy's knee.  What's the expected recovery time for that EDI? 

I hope, for my own sanity and sobriety, that it's quick! 

It's tough to judge a recovery time, different people heal at different rates.  She's resigned to the fact that it will not be quick; though she did go out and run a slow five miles on it this afternoon.  She said when she started it felt okay, but then the pain came and went, and that overall it's feeling better than last week.

So hopefully not to long!  You know she even accused me of being happy that's she's injured because my running is going so well; she's worried that I may actually start beating her at races.  She's mental at the moment.

How's your running going, Cinders?

Giving up the booze

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 14:55

Sinbad, you've been quiet for a while, mate.  You okay?

Giving up the booze

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 14:54

Welcome, Bill.  Running's a bit like starting to live sober.  It's tough at first, but if we keep on coming back to it, it does get easier.

I'm not long finished my long weekend run, have eaten, bathed and now I'm feeling rather 'Zen'.

Mrs Easy isn't running at the moment - she's off with a classic case of runner's knee - and it's like living with an alkie going through a detox.  We had tears twice yesterday and once the day before that.

My First Run

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 21:40

You sound like you're off to a great start, Rob.  I don't worry too much about my training shoes either; but I do concentrate on my running form.  It may sound funny, but it's important to run properly; check out some youtubes on running form - you may as well start off properly.

And in the initial phase, don't start off doing too much, too quickly.  You'll get injured and blame your running shoes and end up forking out £100 for a new pair, when really all you've done in trained too hard.

Relax as well; I suspect re the aching jaw and teeth - you've been clenching your teeth.  I can do similar with with my arm, especially if I'm carrying a handheld water bottle on a long run.  I've finished and my bicep has ached from not being relaxed.

Happy running!

P.S. There's still time to back out of the marriage thing.

Running shoes for a relatively new (and poor) runner.

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 22:45

I wonder how people managed to run before gait analysed over engineered running shoes were invented?

I wouldn't worry about it Sphee, just get some cheap running shoes and run.  Running form is more important, in my experience, than running shoes.  Check out some youtubes on how to run properly, start off easy (maybe follow a couch to 5k plan), and train sensibly, and you'll be fine, I'm sure.

I'm running in a basic running shoe from Start Fitness that cost £15 and they're great.

Cushioning for a midfoot striker

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 21:09

If your running form is okay, there shouldn't be much impact and trainers won't make much difference anyway.  I'm 13 stone and run 30 to 40 miles a week; bandy legs; not young, and my knees are fine.

I run in any old rubbish too.  I think running form is the key, along with a sensible training and racing schedule.

Giving up the booze

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 21:05
sinbad113 wrote (see)

Hi All,

I got drunk yesterday, a trigger happened, and I didn't know how to handle it. But I will put something in place.

They say when we stop drinking that we feel better.  We feel anxiety better, we feel worry better, we feel anger better, we feel resentment better; you get the picture.

And talk of 'triggers' isn't very helpful; everything is a trigger when we're alcoholics; consciousness is the trigger - because when we're conscious we feel - and the only way I know how to avoid consciousness is either to sleep or to drink myself to blackout.

The festive season is the trigger of all triggers too; any deficiency that we feel our lives have seems to get multiplied x 1000 during Christmas.

And I've never seen my A.A. homegroup so busy at the moment.  Every week we're getting at least one-or-two newcomers, or someone who has been before a while back, then returned under the lash of their alcoholism.

I've spoken with Mrs EDI to make sure it's okay with her (it is) my A.A. homegroup is on a Tuesday, it'll be on on Christmas Eve, so I'll make sure I'm there in case someone needs a meeting.  Maybe someone like you, Sinbad?

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