Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:59
Great write-up Tim, in the latter part of my training for London last year I cpnvinced myself I had a stress fracture in my thigh, it wasn't, and it still isn't perfect, but if you can get an mri it will tell you one way or the other. There used to be a fellow on here alled Moscow Flyer, and he posted images of his stress fracture MRI, fascinating, but he appeared to me to have absolutely hammered his paces and carried on through injury until he broke down. No danger of that with the team around you.
Back pain, well I have explained a little about how I hurt my back, but some time ago I noticed when running with earphones in that I could hear/feel every thump as I hit the floor in my inner ear, if that explains it properly. Adjusting myposture, usually leaning forward a little ant tying to maintain some control over the motion in my legs rather than just letting my foot hit the floor, meant that the "thump" in my ears disappeared. As I get older, and a bit more brittle, I really can feel the difference when I'm hitting the ground hard or hitting it fluently. Also, if I imagine a line extending from my spine behind me to the ground, if my thigh goes behind it, it seems to twist in my lower back and cause pain later in the run. So, to put it bluntly, whwn I am carrying a bit of a belly from too much beer and chips etc, I can't lean and engage my core, my spine is very vertical due to the space hopper attached to the front. but I can't not rotate my upper leg behind the line of the spine or i would be practically running straight legged. When I'm a bit slimmer, tight core and gentle forward lean, I can push off behind the spine but still in line, and I get less pain.
I am exaggerating, I'm not like a darts player or anything, but the principle is there and it seems to work in practice. This is all probably second nature to a lot of people but I think I'm a slow learner!