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Posted: 10/04/2014 at 21:15

Go see a proper running specialist/physio. It'll cost you, but Doctors have a habit of telling people that running is bad for you.

If you go to a specialist and they agree then yeah ok you might have to ditch the trainers for a bicycle or other, but always get a second opinion when someone says your running days are over!

8 hours to convince someone NOT to buy a £99 bike

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 10:27

You get what you pay for I'm afraid. Halfords bikes are covered in cheap parts that work poorly and fail often. The one I had purely for commuting ended up having another £150+ spent on it after the event just to keep it on the road. A complete false economy.

She should spend what she can if she wants to get properly into it.

First Running Watch - needs to work near high rise buildings...

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 10:22

Yeah, that area is particularly bad. I ran a charity 10k round there and it was horrendous for my GPS. As said above, one that connects with a foot pod may help.

I prefer the nike watch to the Garmin personally, but I know I'll be in the minority.

How to train when you work shifts?

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:36

I trained for my first Marathon last year while working shifts on ambulances, much like yourself this is very variable from week to week and it is nigh on impossible to do a decent run after a long day/night.

I gave myself a target of an average 3 or 4 runs a week then made a running plan accordingly. I built in some flexibility to allow me to move things around if I was particularly worn out and this helped.

Some weeks a ran loads others maybe just once or twice....

Lower shin pain ?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 11:33

I had some excellent help with shin splints that cured them in a week from a physio and it had nothing to do with what you have mentioned flob.

Minor injury assessment and treatment is often far more complex than people imagine.

Shin Splints - Will I make it to VMLM start?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 00:18

Have you seen someone about it? I had immense shin splints all of a sudden during training last year.

Basically it transpired that my feet had a weakness that made me pronate after about 8 miles. This meant that I was using different muscles and tendons in my lower legs which then caused me massive pain.

Short term instant fix? Sport orthotics!

Long term, foot strengthening exercises....

Best half marathon 2014

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 00:10

Ealing HM, pretty tough in places - lots of gradual hills, but a well organised event and one they don't over subscribe (my usual issue with races)

The route is not spectacular, but it's a good challenging run at a decent price.

On the opposite side I'd avoid run to the beat. I have not personally had any issues, but many others have including last year a bottle neck that destroyed some people's times. It is also very expensive...

Lower shin pain ?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 00:01

Get the physio appointment now. Too close to the VLM to take the chance. If nothing else they can give you a good massage and loosen everything up!

Tight Achilles

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 13:21

No worries mate.

The annoying thing about it is that it will feel fine for most of the day. In fact mine is only there for a few minutes in the morning. I just know that if I run I'll make it worse.

Good luck with it.

Tight Achilles

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 11:48

If you squeeze you achilles between your thumb and fore-finger, does it hurt?

If so I'd advise taking some time off. I am just over 3 months into my rest period for an achilles injury after running through the pain to complete several races, you really don't want to end up there!

I wouldn't run through it knowing what I know now.

But then who am I to give advice, I ran three half marathons after it started hurting to mess mine up!

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