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Berlin Marathon

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 19:18

I hope things go as smoothly as they can with the funeral arrangements etc, Stephen. Sounds like very testing times. I hope the MP run goes well. What is MP for you?

I sort of know what I'm doing, as Berlin will hopefully be my 10th marathon, but the hip is a bit unpredictable. I was out for nearly 3 years of the last 5 and have nightmares about having to go through the same surgery again (if they'd even give it to me on the NHS, but that's a different story).

My other marathon is Abingdon.  The aim is to run it in a playing card costume - I've bought the outfit, had it accepted by Guinness World Records and done a training run in it.  I've actually sent in a bit of a late application to do Berlin in a fast food costume (hot-dog!), but it probably won't happen.  You need loads of evidence and witness statements (including one from the race director) to get a WR, so I think it'd be too much hassle and too late notice.

Berlin and York will be very contrasting marathons! A friend of mine did York last year and loved it. Hopefully, you'll have recovered enough/ remained uninjured, so that you can enjoy a pressure-free marathon. I did Boston UK marathon in April 'for fun' and it was a strangely fantastic experience.

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 18:08

Hello .  I am hoping to run this marathon. I've had dodgy hips in the past and they're starting to cause problems again. But I'm pushing through it by slowing down my runs and just focusing on the long ones.  I'm behind most of you in the long runs, with a maximum of 19miles yesterday, but I will aim to squeeze in a couple of 20s in the next few weeks. I have another marathon in late October, in which I'm aiming to run a costume world record, so worst comes to the worst, Berlin will be a training run for that. The aim will be 3 hours and something, but haven't a clue what (PB is sub 3 so no chance of anywhere near that!). Not planning any races before then - just weekly parkruns.

Looking forward to reading about people's training up until the big day! Some impressive miles going on at the minute!

Hillingdon Half

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 00:17

Glad you thought it was a good event for your daughter and that she had a positive experience, JaneyH.  I really enjoyed it - even more so after discovering how close it was to being cancelled because the winds had created even more potential obstacles on the course that they had planned!  I was worried people would have a gripe about the extra little bit of distance due to the re-routing.  Perhaps I would have done too if I had been close to a PB, but thankfully I was several minutes slower than that so I can have some perspective.

I can't believe what a good price it is for a half marathon, with all the bits and pieces you get afterwards!

Hip Arthroscopy revocery

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 14:28

Hi Matt - I've had 2 hip arthroscopies for FAI with labrum tears.  One was in late 2011 and the other was autumn 2012.  I am back running strongly now over all my old distances, which is a positive story (as you'll find many negative ones online!), but it did take time and patience.  I couldn't run much at all pain-free for about 9 months.  That may have been because I'd had the issue on both sides, so the other side didn't like taking all the extra pressure. Plus, everyone's case is individual, so it's about playing it by ear as you go along.

I got on the bike straight after getting home and built it up gradually. Don't do too much, too soon. Stick to the exercises they give you initially.  I got increasingly frustrated after about 3 months as I got good care and advice to get me back walking like a 'normal' person, but couldn't advise about specific return to proper running - that went beyond their duty, so I was left to work it out myself.

Good luck with it all and happy Easter!

Hillingdon Half

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 19:09

I ran it last year and enjoyed it. Bit of a 'round the houses' course in places - had to keep an eye out for cars coming out of driveways and shoppers crossing the footpath in front of me!  But it was a reasonably fast course, very friendly and great for parking (in the university).  Surprisingly low key, but I assumed that was because it was the first year for the event (for a while).

Sleaford Half Marathon 2016

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 14:50

Thanks for all your hard work in organising this event for today. It was a challenge, with the wind, inclines and the puddly bits, but the friendly marshals and slick organisation made it a really positive experience

Surrey Half Marathon Training

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 18:46

Looking forward to this year's event. Got a PB there by 1 second last year and would love to repeat that this year (with another second PB, please!). Training has been fine since mid-December. I did an off-road half on Sunday, so the distance is there - Surrey won't be as muddy, though  

clicking hip

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 18:24

Hello Graham. Sorry to read all this.  If the head surgeon said it wasn't a torn labrum/ FAI, did he say what he thought it was?  

I had FAI and torn labrum in both hips.  I had operations in 2011 and 2012 and started running again in 2013 (9 months after the 2nd op). Before the operations, I had lots of clicking in my hips and lower back; since then, I haven't had much at all.  I've been able to get back to a good level of running, completing my first post-op marathon 2 weeks ago (and getting a 5 second PB!).

Good luck finding out what's wrong and getting it sorted. Keep pushing for an answer and remedy. And keep working on core stability, especially glutes.

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 18:49

Ha ha - who thought it was a hip replacement, OS? 

Matt Roberts 11 - huge congrats on your time, even though the extra few seconds (3:00:06 chip time) may seem annoying at the moment. Were we running near each other for part of it (female, white and red club vest)?

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 16:23

Hope everyone had a wonderful experience. I loved it out there today - lots of great support and perfect conditions. I ran a slight negative split to finish in 2:58:05 (chip time) - a PB by 5 seconds! That's 3 Abingdons and 3 2:58s.

Looking forward to hearing people's stories.

Thanks for the shout-out Fido2Dogs .  And for the cheers, photos and general organisation of the fab race, OS

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