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Brighton Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 11:13

I'm in. This will be my first marathon, I just hope I can get there. I particularly want to do Brighton as it was home to me for a long time. I just hope the knee holds out......

Venice marathon 2013

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 10:48

Sounds amazing but 27th October is Great South Run day for me. I'm in awe of those that can get round a marathon course. I'm hoping that a 10 miler will be a step on the way for me. I started running 18 months ago but have had 4 months out (doctor's orders following a knee MRI) and am coming back to it slowly - and by slowly, I mean sloooooowly! Really frustrating as I'd just broken the 8 minute mile barrier for a 10k before the dreaded ITB/chondromalacia struck!

How to overcome mental block?!

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 21:06

Yay, well done. That's fantastic.

I can't remember where I borrowed it from but I use the mantra "I am running fast and strong" as it seems to fit into my stride pattern.

Good on ya. You should be really proud of yourself. 

Half Marathon in 2 weeks, possible ITB injury

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 21:01

I'm in the same boat with the Great South Run rapidly approaching. It is getting better, slowly, with rest and physio and limited high impact exercise but I can't run more than 2 miles and am seriously thinking about trying to transfer my place to someone else. I'm seeing the physio again tomorrow. 

I wear kinesiology tape on my knee when running which has allowed me to get from 1 mile to 2.5. I just want to know how long the blighter is going to take to heal.

Knee problems/training for marathon

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 19:52

David, I can entirely empathise. I am in an almost identical situation. After 9 months of gradually building up my mileage with no injuries, I got a sharp pain under my right kneecap two weeks ago. I tried ice, resting and ibuprofen as well as strapping my knee. The same thing happened two miles into my next run. I'm supposed to be doing the Great South Run in 4 weeks so saw a physio in desperation last week. He diagnosed patello-femoral pain ('runner's knee') but advised that I continue running short distances and build it up again slowly. He also gave me deep tissue massage and advised some exercises that I can try at home.

I'm currently managing 1 mile without any discomfort and can only hope that, as my quadriceps strengthen, I'll be able to go progressively further. I'm tempted to give up on the GSR for this year and clear my diary race-wise to take the pressure off. I'm enrolled to do the Brighton Marathon in April and really don't want to forego this (I'm also running for charity).

I also had some fantastic advice from a physio on here called Tom who advised me to try kinesiology tape which also seems to be helping. I have no doubt that there's a light at the end of the tunnel here but it's soooooooo frustrating in the meantime!

I hope it all goes well for you and I'd definitely echo the advice others have given - seek out a good physio. It's lovely to speak to someone who works with these injuries all the time and can reassure you that, with the right rehab program, you'll be back to running well again in the future.


Most stupid or obscure injury award.

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 19:39

My mother accidentally jammed the forked tail of a purple plastic dinosaur into my ear while messing around with a Happy Meal at McDonalds.

The wait at a&e was mortifying. I was 19-years-old!

Great South Run 2012

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 08:34

Seen the physio this morning and it looks like the GSR is not out of the question - yet. Come on knee, hang in there! 

On the subject of Jelly Babies, I can't run and eat at the same time. I can only manage gels as I can squirt them into my mouth and swallow without having to chew. If I try to eat a jelly baby, I have to stop. Not ideal! So much for multitasking......

Knees, pesky knees

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 08:28

Thank you so much for your responses guys.

I rested for a few days, iced the knee, elevated it and wore a support. After 3 days, I felt no pain so I went for a slow, flat run again. Felt great for the first two miles, then the same searing pain at the lateral side of the left kneecap. I saw a physio this morning who came to the same conclusion as Tom! He's advised that I don't stop running but cut it back significantly and swim/cycle short distances to maintain fitness while I build up my running distances. He's also given me some exercises. 

Fingers crossed I can get it under control for the GSR at the end of October but, if not, I'll get there. I certainly feel a lot more positive about it now.

Thanks again for your help guys, you're fab!

Knees, pesky knees

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 21:30

I was running a few days ago, no faster than usual and on a route that I've covered several times in the past. I got a sharp pain in my left knee on the outside of the kneecap. It improved with walking but I got shooting pain again when I tried to run again. I've rested it for a few days, applying ice three times a day, compressing it when moving around and elevating it whenever possible. It now feels fine at the walk and I have no pain at rest. I'm anxious to get back to training for the GSR in October but don't want to bust my knee. I've also had my gait analysed (two days before the injury) and got new shoes (I was wearing my old ones when it happened as it was meant to be a long run). I'm a pronator with kipper-flat feet and my new shoes certainly feel more supportive.

How long do you usually recommend resting this type of injury? I will be gutted to miss the GSR as it was my motivation for taking up running and the bug has truly bitten. The manshape will also be unhappy with a non-running Puffin as it makes me very crochety!

Any help gratefully received.


how do you pace yourself?

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 21:23

I'm not particularly helpful on this one but I'd be very interested in hearing other people's advice. I'm looking into getting a running watch (hopefully Christmas present, fingers crossed), otherwise I'm stuck for pacing and would really appreciate some advice. I find it really hard to gauge how fast I'm running at any given time and I think I have a tendancy to 'chug' along at my comfortable pace rather than pushing myself. If there are songs with a rhythm that help you gauge pace, I'd love to know about them.


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