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Sports psychology webchat with Victor Thompson

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 17:39

Hi victor, 

Am running london (hopefully) last year i had to defer due to picking up an injury with 3 weeks to go. Am really struggling mentally, ive trained really hard, but every tiny niggle im thinking the worse or if i manage to even get to london i think im going to get ill the night before.

I'm desperate to get to the start & finish but just feel on the edge! 

Any tips to calm myself down!! 

Thank you for any advice! 


Calf pain during long run

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:40

You have been sensible by stopping.    Get a sports massage booked asap, your calf might just be tight and need a bit of loosening.   

perhaps rest for a few days, keep up the stretching & rollering, try a gentle run and see how it feels?

good luck! 



Ask the coaches

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 15:59

Hi Sam & Steve

 just to say thank you so much for your great advice, you have really helped & reassured me! Really appreciate it! 


IT band injury and steroid injection

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 16:33


i had a cortisone to treat itbfs. I paid for an mri which showed soft tissue swelling beneath the it band.  After intensive physio, strength work especially glutes the pain just wouldnt go, mine lasted 4 months. 

I saw my gp who said I'd done everything possible & suggested the injection. the cortisone was put at the site of pain, I had to rest another week & hey presto pain completely gone & back running over 30 miles a week whereas before injection I couldn't run 2 miles. 

Injection for me was amazing 


Ask the coaches

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 07:47

Hi, Sam

Thank you for your time.

Bit of background, I run all year round, have half PB of 1.33. Last year I trained hard for London only to get injured with ITBFS on my last LR of 22 miles, & had to defer 1 week before, gutted to say the least! This is my first marathon. This time round am having fortnighly massage & regular physio. (so far so good)

Am currently LM training again (following advanced plan from LM Magazine) – 5 weeks to go. I feel on the edge!! My 4 last long runs have been:- 16,18,20,20 (last run was mixture of steady MP Pace & Under MP time 2.40) I will hit 55 miles in total this week, I'm then due to do 22 miles, can I get away with just doing 18 really don’t want to push it being so near or do I need to get 22 in the bag?  Was hoping to get good for age time (nearer sub 3.40).

Q2 If thats ok?  I have to chop my plan around due to childcare so do the following an example week its:-

M:- 8 mile tempo, T:- 20mile LR, W:- 5 mile recovery, T:- Rest, Fri:- 7 mile Speed/Interval session, Sat:- 8 mile steady Run, Sunday:- Crosstrain.

Am I getting the balance right with hard/easy sessions?  

Thank you very much, sorry for the waffle & hope it makes sense!


Do you give up drinking weeks before your marathon?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 17:31

Ah this is music to my ears!

last weekend I declared to give up drinking until marathon day - 5 weeks away, well by day two I was seriously regretting it!  - hurrah for this thread, large glass of Pinot tonight it is! Yum!  What was I thinking...... 5 weeks!!! 

How do you mentally break down the mileage?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 14:18


You might of just had a bad day - I ran 20 miles last week and found it really, really tough mentally especially at 15 miles. Today I ran 20 miles and really enjoyed it, as soon as I hit 10 miles I thought great I'm half way, then at 11 miles, great only 9 to go etc. I gave myself little treats, gels @ 12 & 16 miles and jelly sweets at a 14 & 17 miles. 

i also listen to marathon talk podcasts - they are brilliant, really keep you engrossed. on my long runs I download a couple so I don't run out -I get fed up of listening to music! 

Sports massage - needle

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 17:35

My physio often sticks needles in my leg to release pressure and knots in my IT band. I find it really helps along with the massage. It's not painful, and it's all done with tiny needles.  So quite normal treatment. 

Physio webchat with Sarah Connors

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:13

Hi Sarah

just wanted to say thanks for your great advice really appreciated! 


Runners Knee and 6 Weeks 'til London! Help - Advice Needed!

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 10:00


i think I might have a bit of this too - I'm also running london, Been trainng 5 days a week, longest run 18 miles.  I saw my physio this week as my knee was feeling slightly creaky but only after running, he said i had tight quads that were probably irritating the knee cap, he massaged them and told me to keep stretching.  But as the week has gone on both my knee feel sore but only after running. 

what does your knee pan feel like? Do you get it when running? 

I would get to a physio for some advise and definite diagnosis, they can give you excercises to do.

try not to worry about putting on weight, you'll probably eat less if you do have to rest, I had to take 2 weeks off running last year due to illness and didn't lose any fitness - worse case scenario you can still cross train or swim to keep your fitness up.,



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