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Unusual Pain - Woman related only

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 10:31

Go and see your GP. I have similar pains and sensations due to a pelvic organ prolapse after the birth of my child. I'm not saying this is what you have, only a doctor can tell you that. If it is that I have found pilates has helped enormously (although you have to be dedicated to doing it regularly).



Strangest Prize/Memento you've got from race running

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 10:03
Dave The Iron Ex- Spartan wrote (see)

I used to be, Lived in Coventry for 30 years.

Ran for the Marconi Spartans, Hence my Ex-Spartan monica

I was brought up around there, actually went to school in Wellingborough, and both my parents have taught in schools in the area. Truly delightful place 

Strangest Prize/Memento you've got from race running

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:54
Dave The Iron Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
An ash tray Wellingborough 5 a few years back

That's Wellingborough for you! Are you local to there Dave? 

Can anyone recommend Paul Harradine for orthotics?

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 10:03

Hi Bumble

Yes, wearing them for now, although it seems in the videos of me walking and running in them that they're not doing what they're supposed to. As I live closer to Cosham then you do, I had the luxury of going away and thinking about his advice before making a decision (although I understand his lab is on site and orthotics can be made whilst you wait). Paul suggested trying some different shoes to start with (I'd need different ones anyway even if I get new orthotics)  to see if that was enough to take the edge off my injury with the current orthotics. He was clear that if we were starting from scratch he would recommend me orthotics but would make them quite differently to the ones I have. He was able to explain why this would be, and it seemed to make sense. It was definitely interesting to compare my walking/running with and without my current orthotics, and it is nice to have some concrete suggestions on shoes. It was also pretty frightening to see my run in slow motion, and it's no surprise that my knee is still hurting! It seems that I do mid foot strike, it's what happens to my foot and legs after the very first bit of the strike to compensate for my overpronation and to get my foot down and back up again....lots of twisting. Paul was pleased to hear about what I was doing with the new physio and thought I was heading in the right direction with the rehab this time.

I found the session very informative, and have in fact decided to go for the orthotics and will be having them made towards the end of August. This, along with the new physio was a bit of a last ditch attempt to work out and solve the problem causing the injury before giving up, so it makes sense to me that I should take his full advice.

Sorry for the long post. The last four years or so have been very frustrating and I'm hoping desperately that I might be on my way up again.

Hope your appointment helps you on your way to being injury free.

Can anyone recommend Paul Harradine for orthotics?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 10:30

Just out of interest Bumble1 - did you go and see Paul? I went to see him on Friday, and it was quite interesting to see what he had to say. Given me a few things to think about, first option of what to try doesn't involve giving him any more money, so not a pushy sales pitch at all.

Tight fitting running belt to fit UK size 8

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 10:21

I have a fitletic/ifitness belt, which is brilliant. Highly adjustable, doesn't bounce. Not too expensive. They do bigger ones with number clips and bottle holders, no idea what they're like, but the little one I have is fantastic.



Sad and Confused about it all!

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 11:13

MFP is a great educational tool - if nothing else it teaches you to read labels, and of course there is the odd nasty surprise (like the lucozade).

I love carbs and cheese, but with the help of MFP managed to lose a little over five stone, and more importantly (other than some pregnancy weight gain) I've managed to keep it off. I wasn't eating badly as such, always cooking from scratch, but there was definitely too much pasta, wine and more than the odd bit of cake. After a while you work out what works for you. For me, I still weigh out pasta before cooking it, but everything else I can more or less eye ball a sensible amount after a couple of years of logging most things. As others have said, you can still have your treats, but only have one every so often, not several every day. If you REALLY fancy a lucozade, have one, but make it the only one for the week or whatever. The only other thing that I would say, is that you have to expect days where you just won't stick to it...be it a friend's wedding, a birthday etc. It's ok to have these days. One day every once in a while will not derail your progress, and you'll have a lot more fun! It just has to be an occasional thing, rather than an every weekend thing.

Take care of yourself.

Can anyone recommend Paul Harradine for orthotics?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 09:57

Good to know. I've been having problems for a few years and have orthotics but want a second opinion, but had no idea who could give a decent one! Portsmouth is not that far from me so I might have a look!

Hypermobility and running

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 12:14

Another hypermobile runnist here. I do have problems with my knees because of it, but its usually when I slack off the squats etc. I've found pilates (you need a decent instructor) to be very helpful with control in general. I see an osteopath and he isn't always keen on my running, but he has never asked me to stop and devises strategies to help. He's also not keen on me swimming particular strokes, but that's down to a rather bad whiplash injury.

Pregnant runners' club

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 13:04

It would probably depend on whether you can find a practitioner who is trained to modify the exercises for pregnant ladies. We do spend a bit of time on our backs in pregnancy yoga, but not long. I'd have a chat with your local teacher and see what they suggest.



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