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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 16:57

Thanks Cal - I've just Googled NSAIDS.. and this seems to mean Ibuprofen.

I then went on to Google Tenosynovitis but stopped when I got to "..and in severe cases amputation may even be necessary"


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 16:29

Hi everyone - Had a fair bit going on, have been lurking on my phone but not had time to get on computer and have a good ramble (collective sigh of relief from the Shadies)

Can't do a Louey style catch up(!) but a couple of things have stuck in my mind..

Firstly a belated thank you to Shades on the strapping info and Cal on the Youtube tip. Very helpful. I have given this a go and although my foot feels more stable it still hurts 

Shades - Great run at Worcester. It sounds like 6 months of core work are paying off. Hope your calf problem improves for next week.

Cal - Well done on ANOTHER PB.. you seem to be churning those out now 

Nick - Hi and welcome 

Big G - Impressive eating at Venice.. glad the mojo's back too.

KK - Enjoyed your report - couple of long training runs and you'd be lethal 

Ian - An impressive PB from you.. I get ecstatic about that sort of PB at marathon distance!

I'm sorry if I've overlooked anything sigificant from anyone else!

I've just been pottering round running wise, getting more and more worried about attempting next week's marathon with the grand total of just ONE long run in the bank  I'm going to try it though. I really want to get my hands on that medal and enjoy my purple bath afterwards.

Had my MRI scan yesterday (That was a bit scary!) Thankfully there is no sign of a stress fracture but a ténosynovite - which I think translates as tendonitis. I'm seeing my doctor Monday and will talk things through with him. I'm pretty sure the solution will be complete rest for a month until all symptoms have gone. 

That'll be after the marathon then 


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 08:08

Hi everyone!

Well done on your PB Louey 

Shades - Well done on your 14k PB(!) No, I have never tried strapping my foot.. I'm not sure how to do it to be honest. I tried a tubi grip thing once but it got on my nerves and made my shoe feel tight.

I have mixed feelings about May.. a lovely month it is but it is also the month my hay fever starts 

Big G - Enjoy Venice! I was an au pair in Italy many years ago and travelled round a fair bit. Definitely something to see. Hope the room arrangement is not posing any problem(!)

SK - LOL at your OH and the tap 

Sorry if I've forgotten anyone but I'm a bit pressed for time. I've been up since 3am. The four year old woke me as there was a wolf under his bed and then after that I just couldn't get back to sleep. I read through all the RW hot threads on my phone then gave up at 5am and went for a run. Apart from being petrified that I would come across a badger - big thanks going out to the lovely Mowzer there - I quite enjoyed it.

My foot is still grumbling away but bearable. I managed my ibuprofen fuelled 31k on Sunday without any side effects. My foot still hurt but I'm going on the presumption that it would have been worse without the painkillers. I think that'll have to be my last long run before the marathon which is very worrying. I'll do a 27k next Sunday and will just have to hope that my training base is enough to get me round °gulp°

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 07:36

Just popping in to wish Shades a good race at Exeter and all you parkrunners good races too.

Thanks for the ibruprofen advice the other day Shades, and yes, I am only using them on tomorrows long run to see (a) how my stomach reacts to them and (b) if it actually makes any difference! I hope so. I did a 15k yesterday and it feels a bit like a vice gripping round my ankle - bearable but I'm not sure for how long. We'll see.

Work going on here too - we are having the stonework re-done on the front of the house. Have actually persuaded OH to pay someone to do it. We have had the scaffolding up since October while he means to get on with it but never seems to find the time. I am very pleased we are seeing some progress but OH has a right gob on 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 08:20

xpost Shades - Have you done Worcester before?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 08:18

Cal - I love early morning running too. On a wildlife note I saw a badger the other morning, I managed to get quite close to him as he had his head down snuffling away at something and he swung round and just stared at me. At that point I realised how little I know about badgers... Do they have teeth (fangs?), are they aggressive? ..carnivores? Anyway, he slowly loped off but not before turning round once more and staring me down - if he could have done that gesture where you put both fingers to your own eyes then turn them round to point at the person in front of me I'm sure he would have 

Thank you for the turmeric info. I didn't know that. I'm just looking for something to get me through this race.

KK - Well done on your PB.. sub 20 on the way! Hopefully you'll crack that sub 4 this time round as that sort of 5k time points towards a sub 3:15 mara doesn't it?!

Mowzer - You definitely earned your Halstead medal. Sounds a nightmare.. and on tired legs to boot.

Shades - Is it DD for you this weekend?

Nothing much to report here. Have cut right back to 3 runs a week  and am going to try a 30k (with ibuprofen!) this weekend. This will be the last long run I'll try before Carcassonne and I'm hoping my foot will hold out, nothing else will go wrong and I recover enough from it to be able to run next week.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 19:58

Iain - Gardening counts as cross training 

Lily - Well done on finishing when it must have been tempting to stop. You haven't mentioned your Achilles either so that must be good news too 

Big G - I know exactly what you mean about standing at the back of a Step class then suddenly finding yourself flailing around at the front. Been there. I'm still going with my Step classes - couldn't co-ordinate a ball as well though.

Jacky - Well done on that PB 

Shades - Hope you've recovered from Body Pump!

I managed a 24k run this morning. It was ok, foot still playing up  but bearable. I'm thinking of taking a Nurofen at the start of the race if I do it. I've never done that before.. what does everyone think? Would it help and is it dangerous to take whilst running? I don't want to keel over with a heart attack or anything.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 10:52

Big G - Enjoy your weekend.. planning a couple of beers I imagine?! I meant to say yesterday, regarding your tiredness etc that I wouldn't over analyse and worry too much. If you've had some sort of virus/chest infection then that can wipe you out for a while after. I had one about two years ago and it took me about six weeks to recover.

Shades - You're really enjoying your pilates classes aren't you? Are you still doing a specific strength/weight training programme too?

Bet that was a relief that it was the race organiser's mistake and not yours.

That sunny weather you're having will be getting you nicely acclimatised for the DD now - hope you won't have howling winds/freezing rain instead!

I had a good run this morning, my second since having 3 weeks off. My foot is still niggling but it is back to what it was a couple of weeks ago. My heart rate stayed nice and steady for a reasonable pace too so hopefully I haven't lost too much fitness. If I just do easy running hopefully I can eke things along like this for the next month (gets back on prayer mat).

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 10:41

Ha! Big G I'd definitely put that last bit in the paper 

Lily - I have a Garmin 620 and am in love with it.

Shades - That's weird about your wall falling down and you not hearing anything. Maybe a neighbour saw something? I'd love to see a photo of your favourite medal(s) when you've got a minute. Favourite either because you like the medal or because the race holds a partcularly good memory for you!

Thank you for the get well vibes and sympathy everyone. Frustrating just isn't the word. I'm still going down to Carcassonne on the 5th June and if I can't limp round the marathon then maybe I'll try to hobble round the half they've got going instead. We've decided to go as I've organised care packages for horses, dogs, birds, fish and children plus a day off work and I need a break just for sorting that out! What's most annoying (and I know I'm going to come across as really shallow here) is that the appartment I've booked has one of those jacuzzi bath things with purple lights and everything. I love my bath after a long run/race and was really looking forward to the Oooooooh factor of getting into this one 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 08:05

Morning everyone,

Good luck on changing your diet Keith.. you're not going to find that easy are you?!

Well done to Shades and Mowzer too on your Dorset marathon - I think I preferred your Welsh medal though Shades!

I took a hike out to see my old Chinese doctor yesterday as, three weeks no running and I still feel like I've been thwacked on the side of my ankle with a hammer. He is a bit concerned that it's not healing and has chucked the hands-on-eyes-shut-body-will-heal-itself method out of the window and booked me in for an MRI scan(!) I found this quite funny until he told me he wanted to rule out completely a possible stress fracture and the only way to do this was by a scan. I've had this injury since December now so at least this might get to the bottom of it. Appointment is in three weeks. Will do some easy running in the meantime and a bit more cycling maybe.

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