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Fitness training - lowest injury risk

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 23:07

When I was at my best level where I could run a half marathon after a week of shifts without worry I did it by just building my running slowly, knowing when to take days off and when to rest and recuperate. It just takes time.

There are specific exercise plans all over the place and all sorts of strengthening exercises for running, including importantly core strength.

I'm sorry I can't be more specific, but this topic is the basis of a hell of a lot of articles, books etc.

Yeah 50 miles. If you fancy a bit of fun bed time reading, Eat and Run by Scott Jurek Where Scott tells his story of becoming and being an Ultra runner.

Fitness training - lowest injury risk

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 22:02

Depends on the condition of the person.

Some well conditioned people can run 50 miles in a single run and do it again the next day no problem.

On the other hand if they can't swim very well they might drown! 

The point is this is a very individual thing. Running will in general put a lot of strain on your body and people have a tendency to do too much too soon. Cycling and swimming will take a lot of pressure of joints etc but will take a lot more time to reach the same amount of energy expended.

Best advice is to make sure you fit in your rest days and listen to your body.

Advice on sub ten minute miles please

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:57

Just keep pushing it little by little would be my advice. Set yourself your next target time maybe just 5 seconds off and see how close you can get to it across your whole run. Then when you achieve it push on another 5 seconds. 

It's the small increases over a long time that helped me when I first started. If you don't put that little extra in whether that be distance, speed, intensity you will stop developing.

I am also not a big fan of Piers' advice to increase stride length. The longer your stride the more likely you are to heel strike the ground out in front of you which adds a braking force to your running which goes right through all your joints. If you want to add speed it is far more beneficial to run with light foot steps and just pick up your feet more frequently. It feels weird at first, but will aid you greatly in terms of speed.

Confused... Neutral Pronator or Under Pronator (Supinator)

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:14

That's fair if you have specific conditions that require treatment and cannot wear 'normal' trainers.

But for the majority the best trainer is one that is most comfortable over the distance.

5k last mile tips please

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 11:00

Why not just drop the speed a touch on the first couple of miles? You are sub seven minutes on the first two and then lose all your puff for the last mile.

Drop it back to 7:20ish maybe and see if the pace evens out.

Confused... Neutral Pronator or Under Pronator (Supinator)

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 10:57

Bah, it's all nonsense this pronator, supinator lark. Watch some of the olympic marathon runners from a couple of weeks back and see how much their feet vary on landing. Some of them have massive pronation which a shoe shop would want to 'correct'.

The evidence has for some time pointed to the fact that expensive running shoes do in fact make zero difference to injury and in some cases actually make it worse. The pros run in them for sponsorship reasons.

The real answer lies in conditioning and strengthening your legs to take the impact and developing a good running gait that takes the pressure off your joints.

Heart palpitations

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 11:18

Should be really careful giving that piece of advice Jason.

There are a number of conditions that can appear to look like panic attacks including pulmonary embolisms.

Palpitations and sob should not just be ignored and dismissed as a panic attack until other more serious conditions have been ruled out.

Heart palpitations

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 19:09

So heart arrhythmias do occur in people from time to time and can be as simple as dehydration.

However because the arrhythmia is transient i.e. it comes and goes it can be hard to pinpoint if there is any particular issue. The ECG only gives you a snapshot of those few moments that you are attached to it and cannot be used to indicate that everything is ok.

I'd advise a visit to your GP to at very least record the event happening and then should it reoccur and pass you can go and ask about a cardiology referral where they can do stress testing, echocardiogram and a 24 hour ECG plus any blood tests.

If you get this plus any combination of shortness of breath, chest pain, sweating, pallor, nausea I'd call an ambulance. I know it sounds dramatic, but you don't want to take a chance with your ticker.



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A question of motivation

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:34

Thanks for the various replies. Some kind of predictable some helpful. 

I want to be fit and healthy for my little girl and to be able to grow up with her. I guess I've just gone off it all and finding something new might be the key. What that is I don't know.

It's a shame because I loved running.

I'm definitely not depressed though, I have everything I could want and although I don't spend my days permanently happy (who does?) I am in a wonderfully settled place in my life. I just seem to have lost the enjoyment for running.

A question of motivation

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 16:55

In 2012 I caught the running bug. I entered the half marathon Run to the Beat in London and started to push on with my training. The shin splints stopped me dead in my tracks. So much pain.

Three weeks before the race and having not run in three to four months the race pack turned up and I decided that I was going to do this race. A fire was lit and with only three weeks prep I ran it in 1hr 55 minutes.

I carried on running, looking for a cure for the shin splints while pushing myself on to faster and further distances. In January 2013 I had what I thought was a promising relationship fail and I decided that I'd stick to running.

I entered a number of races at various distances, including giving myself 3 months to train for my first marathon in Hamburg. A month before the marathon I was running 13.1 miles for enjoyment on a Friday night after work, I was fitter and healthier than I had ever been. I loved running and it made everything seem better. My body was stronger, my mind sharper and I was happier.

The marathon took its toll though. I wasn't able to run for about 4 months after due to a couple of injuries and it was almost a year before I felt injury free. In that time I met someone and I am now preparing for our wedding and our first baby. I am even happier than I was when I was running all those miles. Unfortunately I think being happy might be part of the problem. I used to run to let all the rubbish go, now there is no need.

Last year I started training a bit again and this time aimed for speed. I got my first sub 20 5km, a sub 45 10km and a 1.38 half marathon but if I'm honest I didn't enjoy the training. The achievements were great, but the build up was a slog.

This year I just can't get going. Little pains that would never have stopped me two years ago now give me an excuse to put the PS4 on instead. I don't get the buzz from finishing a run like I used to. I want to train and run regularly, I don't want to become a rotund middle age father, but finding the drive to do it is really tough at the moment.

I'm wondering if anyone has any good ideas to help me get back out there, or gone through the same and came through the other side?

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