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Posted: 24/09/2014 at 14:14

Hi saz, 

i had pneumonia 2 years ago although not as serious as yours sounded. I would say that you will definitely improve as you continue to run, you've not only had a serious illness but you haven't run for a while So your breathing is going to be affected.  

I remember after I got back running that my breathing was definitely more wheezy. I ran a marathon this year will no problems at all!  Just take it really steady it's still early dats, pneumonia is a nasty illness I've never felt so ill in all my life & felt that you will never be the same again But you will be. 

Eat, rest & sleep well your, running & breathing will get better - promise! 

Good luck




Posted: 22/09/2014 at 14:33

Hi Phill,

I would highly recommend 'compressport UR2 ultra race & recovery calf guards" 

In the past Ive suffered with reacurring calf strains but since wearing these my calfs have been fine.  I wear them on every run & after & even to bed after a hard session, not an attractive look, but great for recovery! 

Have a look at the reviews in wiggle. 

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. 

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