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Help I keep getting really bad cramp in back of my legs

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 18:48

You might need to be more specific to get any help on here. (Or anywhere for that matter)

Which part of your legs are painful?
Describe the pain?
How does it happen?
Does it go away with rest?

The more details the better.

If you think it is cramp it is likely down to one or both of two things. Lack of conditioning and or dehydration and loss of salts and minerals from the body

First time marathon

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 18:09

I think you need to up your average distance but as slowly as you can. Any running is better than none (as long as you aren't injured) but those very short runs are probably not going to stretch you enough to help at this point.

You need your body to keep going when you are tired. When you hit mile 20 on the day your body will at some point start screaming for you to stop (if it hasn't already) and you need to be ready for that, for pushing past the common sense part of your brain and going with that small part that just wants to finish without walking the rest of the way.

20 miles will leave you with maybe another hour of running, it is a lot to deal with.

If you can't push past 8 miles marathon day is going to feel like the longest day of your life.

First time marathon

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:21

So it's on the 31st of may, that gives you 10 weeks to be ready, with 2 weeks of taper really that gives you 8 weeks.

How are the 11 miles going and how far are your general runs each week?

What is your current weekly mileage.

I'd say you want to be able to cover 20 miles in 8 weeks time, so you are building towards that. You need a plan!

Motivation wise, just imagine crossing that line and how good it will feel. Because despite all the pain it will be one of the best days ever if you are ready for it!

how to return from injury

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 18:07

I came back from a 6 month lay off from an achilles injury by running half a mile and building up from there. Better to go slow and be safe, don't want to be out for another couple of months for the sake of pushing yourself.


Aviemore Half October 2014

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 19:25

Awesome run, my parents live up there so I ventured up from London last year to run it. Most fun I've had on a half marathon.

There is a shocker of a hill in there, but push through it and you can bounce down the rest of it.

Not sure I'd want to count a PB here though, you might never beat it ever again!

Running Trainers

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 19:02

Go to sweatshop (other running shops are available) and try on as many pairs as you need to find the ones you like. You can run in the shop on a treadmill or up and down the shop to try them.

Then take them home and run in them and as long as things haven't changed you can swap them no questions asked in 30 days.

waterproof jackets

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:42

Layers are the way forward, keep you warm and the top layer takes the brunt of the water.

Waterproofs to run in are in my experience awful. You just end up sticky and sweaty and horrible. The feeling of sweat running down your arms and things that collect in the coat is just grim!

London next year: my first marathon. Advice on time please?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:37

In all honesty I think it is really hard to predict your time at this stage (although you can have a ball park idea).

I was looking to get just under 4 hours in my first with a 1.42 half a few months before, but an injury put me back a bit then the training later on accelerated faster than expected then again I wasn't quite fit when the day came. I did a 3.55 and was ecstatic with that, but I have always had a little nag that I was quicker than that when I did my last long run.

So it can ebb and flow quite a lot as training moves along....

London next year: my first marathon. Advice on time please?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 19:59

Once you have reached a half marathon you are happy with I'd build very slowly. Due to time constraints I ended up upping my distance quite quickly towards the end of my training and it starts to find you out around 20 miles!

I'd also be honest with yourself, are there areas of your body that are weak? Particularly around your core muscles? If so make sure you work those areas to get you well balanced and strong overall.

Good Luck


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 14:49

The idea that over pronation can just be sorted by a pair of shoes is starting to look like it might be a falsehood. In some cases controlling the movement of your feet can  cause as many problems as it fixes!

If your old worn out shoes feel better then it might be that control shoes are the last thing you need.

I thought I needed loads of support being a bit overweight and having not run for years, as it turned out my body much prefers a neutral/minimalist shoe.

You can also look at doing some feet strengthening exercises to help build strength in the arch and support your lower legs better.

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