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Last minute marathon training advice please

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 21:50

Definitely don't do it. Your training is done! I've done a few marathons... all you can do is harm at this point!

Stupid open water swimming questions

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 19:35

If you are worried about weevers you just need some aqua shoes/wetsuit boots or something to walk into the lake. You could even use cheap waterproof sandals and chuck them back to land once you're in!

It will probably be fine though - I bet most people will go in with bare feet.

Side foot pain and plantar fasciitis

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 07:59

Have you been to a doctor? It could be a stress fracture - you should get it checked out.

Motivation vs depression

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:55

I'm in the same position WeV, just started to get back into running after 18 months of zero motivation following a period of depression. A few things have helped me get back:

1. find a friend to run with, someone who is close to your pace or who has signed up to the same event as you.

2. Don't be too hard on yourself - start with running once or twice a week, then build up to your old schedule.

3. Sign up for a few shorter events building up to your marathon, then it won't seem like such a big mountain to climb.

4. Try and mix one or two other activities in with your running - something you could continue if the worst happens and you get injured :-/


Good luck, and stop being so hard on yourself... one day at a time

Breathlessness for a week when running

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:49

Are you sure it couldn't be asthma? A trip to the doctors to figure out if it's asthma or allergies wouldn't go amiss


Perpetual Sore Hamstring

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 12:11

I agree with Six Physio! This is what I had for the whole of last year... thought it was hamstring problem, but traditional HS stretches actually made it worse. I'm still unsure what is the actual cause, but I suspect piriformis (might be wrong). What has worked: lots of yoga, core strength and glute activation exercises, and building up running again VERY slowly. Good luck!

Possible ITBS while training - painful

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 19:03

I've had mine for ages... from 66fit on amazon!

Double pram to run with? Advice please??

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 07:40

Well said Greg.. sorry, I forgot about Dad's 

Double pram to run with? Advice please??

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 19:38

Go for it Lucy! I don't have kids, and have no plans to have any either, so I don't have any useful advice for you, only words of encouragement!

Is it me, or are mothers the most judged human beings on the planet?! Or is it just women in general?!

Happy running Lucy!

New Zealand Manuka Honey

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 08:03

Thanks Karen, very interesting! however, that doesn't convince me that it's anything more than a mild topical antimicrobial. Savlon is cheaper. 

Boots web MD isn't a scientific journal. I'll save my pennies until the Nature paper!

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