Posted: 29/08/2013 at 14:13
Not been on here for ages! Not even been looking TBH, but thought I'd pop in to see what's happening.
Firstly sorry to hear that carter has had to pull out of the Mara. You seem to have a definite plan moving forwards though, and the training you've put in for it won't go to waste. Out of interest if you're still getting ITB issues then Google 'Walt Reynolds ITB Special' - I had an ITB issue about 3 years ago and this was by far the most effective thing I did (although when you first see it you'll doubt how it can make much difference!)
Good to see ET ticking along nicely! That sub-20 5k isn't too far away if that's a target you'd like to get? Maybe pay GIRO a visit on a Saturday morning at Hillsborough Park for a few weeks, and see if you can nail it? Well done at Belper too by the way - sounds a tough one!
Baz - good to see you improving so much too (in spite of all the cake you've been eating - I've seen the pics on Facebook!! ) Good luck at Stockport too - they're a very good club I think. Have some of the top runners in the country (they're always up front at the National XCs, Road Relays etc) but also seem to have a great balance and offer loads for runners of all abilities. So hopefully that can improve you further still!!
Sorry to hear about Dids' back Hopefully it gets sorted soon.
In terms of me. Well it's been a strange few weeks. I've been having major issues with a lower leg problem - achilles, soleus, ankles etc. Had it for over 2 years truth be told, but the last few months have been really bad. Every step of every run hurt, and it was really getting me down. Probably why I stopped looking in here really, cos I could only manage 30 mins of 8'00 miling and it absolutely killed me.
Anyway, fingers crossed I *think* I may have got to the bottom of it. It seems my left leg is quite a bit shorter than my right, so everything was out of balance. Following treatment I've had 10 days of easing back into it, and at present I'm able to run PAIN-FREE!! I'm just taking things very easily at present and taking my time, but it's great to be back out there and just enjoying it again!! I just want to keep ticking over for a while if I can. I've not planned any races at all as I don't want to do any quick stuff for a bit. But if I can just keep a lid on the issues I've been having then the rest will look after itself. Ideally I'd like to be able to tick over until Xmas time, and then start to think about Mara training in the New Year. But we'll see. At the mo it's just great to be running again (and to be able to walk down the stairs first thing in a morning!!) But feeling much more positive all round