Liz EE


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Footbalance Custom Insoles

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:17

When I bought my current shoes in Reading a few months ago the sales assistant offered the insoles option.  I stated that if I'm spending £130 on a pair of running shoes then I hope they do the job without insoles. 

That said, I've had terrible problems with shin splints over the past 10 months.  I've seen a physio and had ultrasound / massage etc and have been given some exercises to strengthen weak muscles.  The physio did say that if this didn't fix the problem then I would maybe have to look at orthotics.

The problem hasn't gone away entirely so I'm now thinking about getting the moulded insoles from the Sweatshop.  Do you think this would be a route to go down ?????

Mild shin pain... okay to run through it?

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 14:41

I did as you have mentioned and ran through the minor shin pain.  I then literally limped home from a run back in September and ended up having 2 x-rays as my Dr thought I had a stress fracture. Crutches and time of work followed.  It turned out I was running with shin splints which became debilitating.  I have done absolutely no running since then and having been pain free for 4 weeks now, I am planning on a gentle run around the park this evening.

I'm looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time.  Fingers crossed there is no pain!

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 06:06

To the nurse who was clearly in a rush at the Thatcham Minor Injuries clinic yesterday and insisted I absolutely do not have a stress fracture and to go see my gp for painkillers and a physio referral - I hope you have a non-fatal accident and experience serious pain which hinders everything you do in your day to day life!!!!  COW!!!!!!

And to my lovely Dr who hours afterwards is convinced I have a stress fracture and has sent me for an x-ray today (what the old bag wouldn't do) and gave me a bag of goodies to take away the pain.

Thanks mum for ferrying me around as I obviously can't drive and thanks to the mums at school for taking my kids for me.

Thames Trot ultra 50 2014

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 07:48

I've entered this again next year after running it this year (my first and only ultra).  Prior to this I had run just 4 marathons and nothing further, and in training my furthest run was 25 miles.  I did although run 6 times per week (twice on one day) with two back-to-back longer runs.  I took alot of advice from an ultra-runner friend and had a comprehensive training plan to follow from our club coach.  The theory was 'running on tired legs' in training would get me round the 50 miles - and it certainly did!!!

I got used to eating 'real' food on the go, supplemented with gels.  We ran the first 15 miles and then deployed a 25/5 run/walk strategy which worked perfectly although I feel I could have gone faster as my legs felt great at the end and could have gone another 20 miles!

I used to feel that to walk was to give up but having trained with my experienced ultra friend and having him pop into Tesco and meet us with mince pies and hot chocolate to sit on a bench and eat, I learnt it was ok!!!

I live in Reading and recced most of the Thames Path which wasn't much good on the day as the route was diverted!!  Just as well I never got to run the final leg in training as we never finished along the Thames anyway but we did get lost heading from Sonning to Henley!

Kalenji sports bras

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 14:44

I've been using the Kalenji £15 ish bras for the past couple of years.  I am only a 34/36B but find they do the job perfectly for me.

Broken Garmin FR60

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 13:19

Thanks for the replies.  Yep, I wear a watch to bed, is this strange?  I chose the FR60 as it was small and as 'normal' looking as I could find, knowing I would not want to take it on and off.

Taxi Driver - surely the strap would have broken an awful lot sooner if I was taking it on and off every time I ran (4 times per week), as may be suggested as it is a sports watch?  I don't think it would possibly have lasted past 3 months!!  And yes, the paint peeled from the front within 4 weeks.

I mentioned to the support centre that surely this must be a known problem as it had happened to me twice and he said no!  I'll be watching the post over the next few days to see what they decide to do.

What would you do?  Pay £30 for a replacement which is going to break again (hopefully within 12 months) or just accept that a product costing £130 is no longer useable?

Broken Garmin FR60

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 16:19

Fair comment Carrie.  What I meant was that the watch was not taken on and off my wrist, hence there was no reason for the moulded strap to have weakened through being flexed (as would normally happen).  I think it would have broken alot sooner had I been taking it on and off between runs.

Broken Garmin FR60

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 14:42

I was given a Garmin FR60 in February 2011 for my 40th birthday - I thought was great and did the job.  In July 2011 the mouled strap broken. I returned it to Garmin who promptly replaced it as it was within the warranty.  I was then given a new warranty for the replacement watch.  Fourteen months later (September 2012) the strap broke again on the new watch.  I called Garmin and was told that as it was outside of the 12 months warranty, they would only mend it for a fee.  I left it at that and glued the strap back on every few days to use it (it kept breaking off).  Now it will not glue on at all.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, not having a useable watch, I've been getting pretty peed off. I returned the watch to Garmin last week stating that I have an unusable product costing £130 which broke just after a year of getting it.  Something I do not feel acceptable.  When I spoke with their Customer Services today they said they would replace it for £30 with an identical watch.  That's a fair offer I suppose but as I said to the operative, I'll be returning it for a replacement within 12 months as the strap is guaranteed to broke.  Can I also note here that I wore the watch 24 hours a day and just about never removed it, hence the break cannot be wear and tear.

As I am not happy with their offer, I was advised to write to their Consumer Relations Department to resolve the issue.  I have stated that I am happy to pay to change the watch to an alternative without a moulded strap.

Am I being completely unreasonable?  Has anyone on here had any similar issues or resolved not so straight forward issues with Garmin?  I don't think I am expecting too much but any of your opinions would be appreciated.

 I'm just off to post the second letter now!!!

Thames Trot 50 Training

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 14:19

Karal, that's just how I read it.  CP3 is now at the station as that's the side we approach Goring.

Thames Trot 50 Training

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 14:16

Not yet although my hubby was able to run along the stretch of the Thames after Purley just yesterday.  I wouldn't be surprised if we can re-join the Thames after Purley and then have to leave it again the other side of Reading.  Would be nice to run along the river just a tad.

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