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The Psychiatric Wing

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 17:25

Given it's going to be the end of this week, I think we can excuse your childish eagerness.  The best of the season to you and yours as well Mr Symes and indeed to the rest of the wing.


Potential stress fracture???

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 17:09

As a young whippersnapper you should have good bone density (if you've got a normal healthy background) and that amount of treadmill running sounds very low to be the cause of a stress fracture.  You've not suffered any acute injury to the foot (dropped a weight on it) have you? 

Going to A+E for an X-ray is likely to be inconclusive as stress fractures only tend to show up when they've started healing.  MRI is reckoned (around these parts) to be the best way to spot, but if you've got to go to your GP for a referral you could be waiting some time.

If it's not getting better on its own you should probably seek out some real life person rather than a random bunch of electrons on a webpage.  Some people are lucky to have GPs with a sporting background, who know what they're on about, the rest of us have to try to filter through the throng of other people who should know to try and find someone trustworthy.  

Morning Runs

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 14:48
Jimbogarner wrote (see)

 I am struggling to fit my exercise in around work and as a result I am gaining weight 



From what you've said the mornings are realistically the only chance to exercise, accept the fact you'll be slower (body still waking up, slightly fasted state, blood at its thickest) and work on minimising the excuses. Running kit at the bottom of the bed (I've known people to sleep in their kit to minimise the excuses on this one), shoes by the door with the hi-viz, head torch etc.  If you're finding hills hard work plot your flattest course.  

Do I need to buy new running shoes?

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 12:52

I'm going to offer a slightly different PoV to SCR.  If your budget can run to having multiple running shoes then go for it.  I've got 4 pairs of my current preferred training shoe in various forms of knackerdness- by rotating them round you give the cushioning more time to recover (and dry out and become less smelly) between runs. It also gives you an opportunity to break in new shoes before the big day.  

In the next three months you're going to be putting quite a bit more mileage into your old shoes, with more chance of them degrading- if you can afford it, spend some time finding their eventual replacements now. 

The Psychiatric Wing

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 23:48

I might have to take the fifth for the moment, based on last weekends cycle ride I'm way off what might be considered an endurance athlete, but pirate spirit and all that...

Your ready made (nearly) Christmas Book list for runners

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 12:34
  Comrades Marathon - The Ultimate Human Race - John Cameron-Dow

The Psychiatric Wing

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 10:54

It was the name of the event which had slipped my mind, but the date leads me to suspect it's:


Pilates tonight so it must be Wednesdsay, but my to do list is still stuck on Monday.

Brussels sprouts are back in season

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 20:47

So just au naturel in the oven- how long and how high?

The Psychiatric Wing

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 22:22

'Lo wing,

I might have to carve out a small partition to sing the greatest Les Miz songs.  Can I get some clarification from her Meldyness as to the potential jaunt down the GUCR for next years birthday celebrations?  

Marathon Training Plan : P&D or Runner's World?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 08:26

+1 for P+D, my marathon PB was run off the back of their baby (up to 55 mpw) plan, although I did swap some of the recovery runs out for either cycling or swimming.  If you've never run intervals before have a bit of a google, I don't think I managed to hit a perfect set at all during the program.

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