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Achilles Teninopathy, hm in 3 weeks...

Posted: Yesterday at 22:30

Last year I ran 3 half marathons with a damaged achilles. I ended up out for 6 months. But yes it can be done.

Largely it depends on how bad the injury is. What I discovered was that you could get pain from the swelling around the tendon without any actual damage which can be massaged away. Otherwise you could have damage that actually makes it difficult to lift your heel off the ground.

It is simple to check, just see if you can lift your heel up on the injured foot and compare it with the other if it is weaker then it is damaged, if it is just swollen it will be painful but may well not be damaged.

It's a tough decision to make. Good luck

First time runner - daunted!

Posted: Yesterday at 10:24

Sounds to me like you'd find the beginning of the couch to 5k too easy. You sound like you are at least at the middle point of it fitness wise, if not closer to the end.

I'd advise that you do both gaining speed and distance but at different times and slowly building it up. So do some shorter runs during the week with one maybe looking at going a little faster, then at the weekend add a little distance. Most runners have a long run in their program once a week or so and you can just slowly up the distance as you go.

As for the minimalist running stuff BEWARE!

I would absolutely agree that finding a good running gait will most likely be beneficial to your joints and your bones, but it is no stroll in the park converting over to a minimalist running style.

Shoes might encourage a certain way of running, but most allow you to still run badly. You need to get some information (Online, in books, from a coach/club) about how you are supposed to run and then you need to start doing it little by little because it may put a massive strain on your calves and achilles. It is very easy to get injured in this time and it is really a case of the bigger they are the harder they fall. More weight and pressure going through muscles and tissues that have not worked so hard for years.

If you are going to transition, it might be helpful to start C25k again just to build that strength.

Good luck mate and welcome to the bonkers world of running!

Sciatica...can I run?

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 14:45

Go back to the physio and ask some more questions. Or if you aren't happy go to another one and get a second opinion.

I wouldn't waste my money on reflexology or acupuncture personally.

thinning the blood

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 14:43

Athletes don't want thin blood, they want nice blood full of red blood cells to transfer more oxygen (hence why cyclists have been known to dope with blood transfusions or Epo)

What you do want is a good strong heart and a good circulatory system free from blockages and damage from fats etc.

Just because your nerves are affected in the cold does not mean it is necessarily to do with blood supply. While every cell in the body requires oxygen and nutrients from blood there are other reasons why the nerves may not be functioning well. Being cold is just one of them. You could be getting some sort of compartment syndrome from over working the muscles for instance.

Many nerve related issues are worse in the cold and it may be that this is your achilles heel, but it is far too complicated an issue without knowing all your details and then may be well outside the scope of knowledge of anyone on here.

Your Doctor would be the best person to talk to.

How many times a week to minimise injury risk

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 22:16

Minimise risk of injury? The perfect number of times is 0. Stay on your sofa....

If you actually want to run the 10k though you have to judge it by how fit you are and give yourself adequate rest days between runs.

Worried about 10k training

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 12:10

If your last run is due to be on race day, I'd just cut the last few days of the plan. Make sure you have a good few days rest (good sleep, relaxed muscles) and then go into the race as planned.

As long as you don't go to the start line battered from the training you have done all is good

What is the best shoe?

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 16:15

Mate, you can't just ask what the best shoe is. Everyone is different, shoes vary so much and are pretty much individual to everyone who wears them.

If you have specific requirements I'm sure people will give you some suggestions, but the question is way too broad.


Best trainers for over pronation + forefoot strike

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 10:11

Sounds like you are at a half way stage between one type of running form and another.

I'd look at the Brooks pure range. They have a good balance between support and encouraging good form and go through a range of support options right down to no support at all.

I found them extremely good until I decided to go full minimalist in my running

Newbie stretching

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 10:33

Hello Tony,

There will most likely be loads of info on warm ups and downs on the web, but I will tell you what I do as someone who has been running for around 2 years and does nothing that I'm told

As a warm up, I used to do a complete top to toe stretch and movement warm up, something I had done when I did martial arts, but lately I have toned it down loads after a physio told me that flexibility is the opposite of stability and so stretching everything out pre-race may actually make you more prone to injury.

I still like to stretch out my shoulders because they seem to get sore if I don't.

Post race I just walk around. I don't stop because stopping makes it hard to start again. The aches gradually wear off. If there is a particular area that feels a bit tight I just give that a bit of a shake out and try and put a little tension on it, but again nothing major.

I'm running my 6th half in September and it has worked ok for me.

I guess you just have to find your thing. Don't get too hung up on all the 'proper' ways of doing things you aren't chasing down the elites just yet!

Good luck with the half

Realistic half marathon times

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 21:20

I've never added on time in a race no matter how crowded. I've always run faster than in training....

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