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HELP! Moving from the Half Marathon to Marathon

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 19:00

I would take things as slowly as you can.

As someone who went from a half to a full with a 13 week training plan after a few months of just running I can tell you that the slower and more complete your build up the less trouble you are likely to have after the event.

Try and find out what your weaknesses are too, I wish I'd done some good core strength building for mine as it would have saved me a lot of pain.

Good luck, it's a great feeling to finish.

couch to 5k

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 18:01

The NHS do one...

Lining Up at the Start.

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 22:04

This is a constant issue at any race with a decent numbers of participants.

I don't think people are doing this out of selfishness, but I do think many people massively over estimate how good they will be when they reach the line on race day.

I spend every race passing people futher up the pack, in my first half I passed a couple who had started just behind the Elite group. I was estimating a 2 hour finish!

My advice is enter smaller races or you just have to put up with it. You need to find yourself a little space and exploit it, keep an eye on the gaps up ahead and try and stay away from groups of people running together - they are a nightmare to get round.

Achilles problem

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 16:16

I did periodically try and run during my recovery. But I'd done a load of damage running 3 half marathons with it being injured. Stupid I know, but I had races to run that completed a target for the year.

The difference with me was that I had weakness. If i tried standing on tip toes on the injured side it was way weaker than the good side. This feeling took about 4 and a half months to go. I actually went to Six Physio to see where they thought I should go next with it.

A bit of massage of the area and loosening up after the long rest did the trick, but by then the weakness had subsided.

Just to say that if that is a genuine Six Physio account, I'd recommend following their advice. I have had several appointments with them and they are excellent. Have really helped me on each occasion. Just thought it was worth a mention.

Achilles problem

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 17:15

Depends how much you have damaged it. Mine took 6 months to go away!

Largely depends whether you have just irritated the sheath around the tendon or if you have tears in the tendon itself. Do you have profound weakness or is it just pain due to swelling and poor repair?

Achilles tendons are difficult to treat and slow to heal I'm afraid.

What's best to eat pre run?

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 13:13

Having a good enjoyable meal the night before and a light breakfast a couple of hours before a race has always worked for me.

Gives you a nice energy store, hopefully helps with a good sleep and allows you to have that all important pre-run poo in the morning.

I'm sure if you are really looking to push down the times you should do something way more scientific, but I think for most it doesn't have to be too complicated.

My pre-race meal the night before my best half marathon was a bucket of KFC! Won't see that in many training manuals!

Audio devices banned 1 week before event

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 11:39

Yeah, it is becoming more and more common to rule them out and it has always been a thorny issue amongst runners. I actually found that I was spending so much time tuning the music out I hardly listened to any of the tunes, but I do know why people take them out.

I guess it's something to get used to...

Good luck with the half

Help/advice needed for new running tecnique

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 11:35

So, first thing to say is that while born to run is a very good book and it is very persuasive it is not a science manual and can only be relied on to a point.

For most people, if they are running injury free and at a pace and distance they are happy with why change?

That said if you are going to change this is not something to be taken lightly. This is going to take time for most people and you risk long term injury if you don't. I can tell you this from experience.

My advice would be to read up on barefoot form (this is essentially what you are attempting to imitate in your new running style) The key components of which are all out there described in detail so I won't go further into them except to say shorter stride and higher cadence.

If you really want to convert I'd suggest finding an area where you can run barefoot comfortably and take the techniques you have read and run no more than half a mile. I'd walk around the house bare foot and basically live barefoot as much as possible. You can increase your barefoot mileage little by little and if you want to still run further keep to your old style on longer distances and transition slowly.

Soon your barefoot running will become more normal, you will build your calves and your achilles will lengthen and you won't get so much pain.

If you up the distance, run on hills or just push yourself too much too soon you are going to end up on the sidelines. If you are lucky just for a month or two, if not 6 months to a year.

It's a wonderful way to run, but it doesn't come easy to most.

Good luck

New to running

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 10:51

Good luck mate, as I'm sure many people will recommend look up a couch to 5k program as a starting point. 12 weeks and you'll be up to a comfortable 5k without much bother then push on from there.

Hip injury

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 10:25

Sounds a lot like what I had after my marathon. Is it painful around the hip towards the buttock?

Mine was due to not having a strong enough core and not engaging the right muscles when running. A change of running style has fixed the problem completely. I now run forefoot and this has helped engage all the right muscles and I'm stronger than I ever was.

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