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Running with Compression Socks to reduce quad pain

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 16:26

In the past I ran with compression songs after I had calf problems. It went really well, HOWEVER, when I took them off and started running without again I got injured immediately. No idea if it was coincidence or if I trained my legs to depend on them that they weren't self supporting anymore.

For other medical reasons I now started running again with compression socks, however, I try to get every other run done without and hope to drop them asap for everything.

Sudden drop in fitness (breathlessness)

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 00:34

Hi Paul,

It feels so great to finally get a diagnosis and the treatment starts, doesn't it? I think I am 'running' a couple of weeks ahead of you in terms of that. Since April I am just going from test to test, since September I am treated for blood clots (PE), and now 2 weeks ago they found the underlying cause and I am allowed to very easy jog again. Parkrun this Saturday was my slowest ever, lowest ever age grading run, but so great to have it done.

As for coming back to were you were, don't try it too hard. Be better than last week, that way in time you get to where you were before you notice it, without being frustrated all the time, and much more rewarding. And accept the random drop in performance without explanation as a blip. 2 years ago I stopped running with an ankle issue, was suddenly fat an slow and went out every run with the old pace blowing up a mile in. Once reviewing that issue of mindset I ran comeback PB and later proper PBs again. I am planning the same this year. By December 2016 I am running a PB . Any PB ( but 2 miles indoor doesn't count).

Am I the only one with this problem?!

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 20:09

MRI is a good step. I got mine 6 weeks ago and it has thrown everything upside down. I went from a non-treatable heart muscle decease to 'don't know exactly, but not that what we thought. I have at least a PE, but it might be something else, other tests coming and to be waited for. Basically, you don't know what it is until you had an MRI, and even then you can just exclude some things.

The annoying bit is the wait between appointments. I got my MRI about 10 weeks ago, 5 weeks ago I spoke to the heart muscle specialist, now I got an appointment in Dezember for the 1st consultant again.

I am quite jealous you are still running a bit. I ran for the train last week, and we hit Putney before I started to breath normally again. Went through the 'scared to drop dead' but if I would be at risk they would keep me in the hospital.

My hope is to start running again with a double parkrun on January 1st. Started golf in the meantime.

Am I the only one with this problem?!

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 18:31


I got similar issues for about 9 weeks now. I also did a ECG and got told it's abnormal. About 10 years ago I was told it's irregular, and that's what it is. Well, turned out for me it isn't.

So this time around I got the whole show, echogram, MRI in the waiting, and got told no exercise. Repeat ECG this week didn't show an improvement, after 8 weeks of total rest.

Do what MG2 wrote, get it checked out properly. It's ongoing and definitively worth another look. Might just be something minor, but too risky to ignore.

Sudden drop in fitness (breathlessness)

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 17:00
Paul, did you get things checked out? Are you feeling better?

Sudden drop in fitness (breathlessness)

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 00:24
Fido2Dogs wrote (see)

You should deffo see your GP. After all you need lungs and heart to live, so this could be an early sign of something that is really important to have treated. As you know a few unlucky folk do get heart problems despite a healthy lifestyle, so a little bit of caution can really pay off. Good luck...



Paul J-R wrote (see)
. Does anyone have any ideas or has anyone experienced this? I'm wondering if I should see my Doc, however I'd feel pretty stupid asking about a fitness issue when I otherwise feel fine.

I did a perfectly good marathon in Rotterdam, the week after I did several normal easy runs, but by day 6 I barely managed to run 2 miles to my local parkrun. By day 8 after the marathon I was out of breath walking to the train station.

There is a variety of what it could be, might not even be the same thing. So rather than giving scare stories I just tell you to get it checked out.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 12:22

Well, they know what to do and get it right.

It would be nice to know where the 'buses' start, and which ones are available. I have the feeling that with a C seeding I am starting too far ahead of where I should be.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 20:16

RR - would it be worth it if you do the charity contribution an dove up to pen CC ? That is what Lindsey Parry recommends to people these days.

A friend who ran it a few times says it is helpful to be sub 4 so to get ahead of the green start. Not sure how much difference it makes.



Ran Rotterdam last week, did run/walk testing, but hit the run too hard again. Blew up at km 37 and ended up 3:42, only 2 minutes of my PB. Good conditions but really windy, last 5k into the wind, so blow up was probably mostly in the mind.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 21:05

Got my 30 miler out of the way!

My plan was to try the run/walk thing ahead of Rotterdam. So every 3 miles I walked 1 minute, from the very beginning. I went to Richmond park, and rather than running all the way around like I usually do I ran through the middle. Felt quite good, and after a muffin and a coke stop at mile 15 I went another 'lap'. A 5 hours run. Apart from mountain marathons my longest run ever, including ironman.

I am not sure what the walk is doing for the legs, but I was just looking forward to each 3 mile segment. In Rotterdam I will add nutrition, should make it easier. I am just so happy it is a bank holiday Monday tomorrow.


Well done to everyone doing the Compton yesterday. Weather was lovely today, guess you got a little unlucky.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 16:50
All this bus talk, how does one know which one to take?
I qualified with a 3:39, just ran a 3:52 last week. My guess is to look for a 10 hour one. That would leave me with an hour in hand for bronze, 2 for finishing.
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