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Lump on my Achilles

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 22:05

I've had a lump on my achilles for 2 years now.  I tried massaging it, ultrasound, resting it completely (10 week or so - so bored)and it didn't make any difference.  So I just started running again and I still have the lump but it doesn't bother me.  I suspect it is just a feature of my achilles now.

Heart rate question

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 23:08

Heart rate monitors are notoriously unreliable.  You can get on identical machines and have your heart rate different by up to 30% or more.  It depends on so many factors including the amount of sweat on the sensors, the amount of sweat on you, the temperature, static in the machine etc.

I would recommend getting a chest strap for a start and also wearing cotton running tops (not as a rule as they soak up the sweat and rub but for the purposes of heart rates as the technical tops generate static which messes with the HR readings) to get a more consistent idea of your HR.  Try to wear the same t-shirt too as it can different with different tops.  

It sounds mad but I have been experimenting with this for years after becoming concerned about the recorded profile of my heart rate when running.  I can also spike the HR on the watch by running past one particular electricity substation yet run past other identical looking one and nothing happens.  

Trionium Greensand Marathon

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 22:38

Thank you to all the marshalls and to Rob for a fantastic event.  Thanks also to the runners I ran with and those who came past going the other way for all the encouragement.

My first marathon and such a memorable experience.  I squeaked in just under 4 hours and was somewhere between 10th and 15th I think which I am delighted with. 

9 hours later and going upstairs is tricky, downstairs trickier and getting off the toilet only possible with a rope and pulley system but I'm over the moon. 

Foam roller from tomorrow morning...accompanied by much screaming I suspect.

For anyone reading this and pondering whether to do this race in future years (or any of the trionium races), the answer is unreservedly yes.

Thanks again Rob and the gang.

Trionium Greensand Marathon

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 21:03

So....21 mile run completed this afternoon and now for a 12 day "taper".

Based upon my legs at the end of my run today I feel slightly "undercooked" for this one but hopefully the adrenaline and views will see me back in one piece!

"Looking forward" to it.

Running whilst fasting

Posted: 15/08/2013 at 21:32

I've been playing around with the 5:2 diet and also with trying to improve my ability to burn fat as opposed to glycogen on my longer runs.

I've noticed that when I've not eaten for 16 - 20 hours (I say not eaten, maybe 5 almonds or something but that's it) when I run my HR seems about 10 bpm higher than when I'm fully loaded with glycogen for the same pace (zone 2/3 so not pushing it).  Oddly, my perception of the effort is that it feels fairly easy, certainly a lot easier than my watch is telling me.

I'm guessing that my body finds it a bit harder to metablise fat when I am running and is having to work harder to do so which sort of makes sense but I am curious as to why my perception of the effort is not in line with the HR readings.

I'm properly hydrated all the time so it's not that.

Just wondering whether anybody else has played around with and what their observations were.  What were the results....do you think you managed to train your body to burn fat more efficiently?

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Trionium Greensand Marathon

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 12:31

tony2476 - I'm trying to work out my pacing for this and am interested in the fact that the route didn't make a massive difference to your marathon time.

I'm a 38 minute 10k / 1.25 half marathon runner.  I did the Leith Hill Half in 1.41 but wasn't in the shape I am in now.  I was thinking about aiming for 10 minute miles on legs 1 and 3 and 8 minute miles on legs 2 and 4.  Maybe I should reconsider that....

Tricky business.  Looking forward to it though.  Am definitely going to be running to enjoy and not busting a gut to get a "fast" time.

Half Marathon Drink Pouch?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 20:34

literatin - don't you find that the bottle belt "rides up" whilst you are running?  I've tried a couple of different options and can't get one that doesn't end up round my middle instead of on my hips which is where I would prefer it.

I'm going to customise a pair of shorts and the bottle belt with Velcro to try to get it to stay in place.  It's so annoying as on my long runs (15 - 20m) I only need 500ml or so at most in hot weather and the camelback is overkill and overheavy.....

Need to poo on nearly every run

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 18:29

I would recommend keeping a close eye on what you are eating and seeing whether there is any correlation with it and your need to poo. 

I mostly eat plants in some form or other so my digestive tract is pretty swift. Generally, once I'm up and about and have had my two morning craps (no idea why, 10 minutes apart, first one is like a warm up and the second is the main event!) that's it for the day.

Unless....I've had something with lentils in for lunch.  In which case, walking to the train 5 hours later can be risky, let alone running  

Another running friend of mine has the same issue, except with apples.  He's fine, unless he has eaten an apple in the 4 - 6 hours beforehand in which case it's "bush time"....really odd.

Something else that might help is having a strong coffee an hour before you run.  That can stimulate things and enable you to have a clearout before you go.

What a great topic!

Achillies Pain

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 18:01

Hi - sounds exactly like what I had.  Give it a day or two to calm down and ice it if you think it's helping, then get into eccentric heels drops (make sure you are warmed up before starting them - not straight out of bed or after icing) and start running short distances (2 - 3 miles) on the flat very slowly.

Keep up with the heel drops and gradually increase the distance and pace based upon how you are in the morning.

Oh, did I mention the heel drops?  Do them.  Lots of them.

Palpitations and irregular pulse

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 13:55

I suffer from this occasionally and it freaked me out at first.

I had an ECG and a 12 point exercise stress test and all was normal.  The guidance from the cardiologist was "it happens to some people, some don't even notice it.  There's nothing underlying that's wrong that we can see.  Keep running, try not to get stressed and your heart most likely won't be the first thing to go on you".

If you are not getting any pain or dizziness etc. then I'd relax and accept it for what it is. 

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Running whilst fasting

Interesting observations when running after fasting 
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