Posted: 14/07/2014 at 08:00
Just had a scan back.....
AL P - good luck with race series
Jools - happy belated birthday
Selbs - well run at captain Morgan race.
PP - well done on the 16.32
Dan - 40m Christ
CC2 - hope the injury clears up. Internet diagnosis can be fatal, it'll pull up all sorts of disorders, most of which are entirely unrelated. Try not to stress it, it sounds simple and obvious but proper rest and a "graduated" return to exercise is the key. That's actually the main thing I learnt in outpatients placement the last month In terms of acute injury rehab. You can't speed up the body's recovery process, just provide the right environment to allow healing.
CW - the niggle has cleared up then, what with the car park reps.
Wardi - hope the Achilles clears up. I was told by educator on placement in treating a couple of people with Achilles issues to prescribe - ankle plantar/dorsi flexion (up/down) using a resistance band (yellow to begin with, green fine too) and do as many reps as feels comfortable once a day but every 3 days.
So finally finished 2nd year physio degree (just one to go now) after completing a month in outpatients. "Celebrated" it by running the Wasdale horseshoe yesterday, haha
A truly brutal day on the fells on Saturday where things really didn't go to plan time wise/placing but it was still a memorable day. Got to the start area at Brackenclose nice and early with the old man, got registered and waited for the gathering at the start. Must have been about 120 or so turned up.
Off we went up the first climb which is a long one and after jogging up the very gentle early slope went into a very controlled walk with other lads around me. No lactic build up, breathing fine. Then a long run across the top of the ridge, again all controlled.Descent back into the valley is absurdly steep and I may have gone a little bit quick but again felt ok. You then run across the valley to start the next climb. It actually felt really humid and the sun had come out with forecasts which had predicted a rain front to move in early.
The climb up the next peak Seatallan is horrific, very long, lots of long grass and bog and it was here I started getting some "warning shots". Was with a group of lads walking up but legs were starting to feel very heavy. The run from Seatallan to Pillar is very up and down, boggy, grassy and by now I was starting to feel off. Just no real recovery powers, no drive, all felt very, very hard. Made my way up the ridge to Pillar summit, amazing views as the mist cleared and in the distance Great Gable and the Sca Fell range. I pretty much realised coming off Pillar that it was going to be a long day and that grinding it out was going to be the order of the day.
The climb up the back of Great gable pretty much finished me off, questioned my existence. Started to feel a bit light headed and a bit sick on the last bit of the climb despite having drunk loads of water and eaten a fair bit. Amazing views on the summit took away the suffering a bit but the descent of gable on tired legs was taking its toll.
From the bottom of Great Gable it's a long drag up to the 5th check point and then a right turn for the ridge up to Sca Fell pike. By now it was purely turning into finishing the race as ambitions of time/placing had gone out the window. Never been so glad to see the summit of Sca Fell pike come into view. Caught up with a lad from Keswick running club on the final ascent who admitted his feet were cut to ribbons and was suffering badly. Had to really concentrate on the final descent off sca fell pike and in fact walk at times because I'd blown and my legs were losing control. It's extremely steep and