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Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 14:18

Happy birthday Rachel! Hope you’re getting pampered.

The other Pfitz books – I have one of his called Road Racing for Serious Runners which covers 5K through to marathon and cross country. I’ve had it a couple of years now. Is this essentially the same as the latest Pfitz book (Faster Road Racing)? Anyone got both of them?

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 11:36

Hmm, might be an option for me if I ever get back to those kind of distances, as it's less impact. Plus I never did any of the recovery runs with P+D anyway (slaps wrist ). What's the book actually called? I've only ever an online version of the plan.

I would love to run marathons again - although I kinda hate the training (a la Wenty/Turtle or whatever he's called!)


Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 10:14

Morning all! Bit knackered cos I stayed up til 3 watching the election  

MsE – my accident was a fairly ‘routine’ low speed MTB spill, but I landed in a rut with my leg pressed up against the bike frame and nowhere for my leg to flex. Anyway, I am not sympathy seeking – it didn’t actually hurt that much apart from putting the dislocated ankle back in place. I’ve barely taken a paracetamol in the last 9 month.

 Has anyone tried the FIRST plan? Think that's what it's called. The one based on 3 runs a week and cross training?

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 14:45
15West wrote (see)

Does that makes things complicated when going though security at airports?!

Yes! I beep now






Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 13:20

Westy, I had a syndesmosis screw removed in November (it held the ankle together whilst the ruptured ligments healed), but the other metal work is designed to be permanent. Mine is causing problems with the soft tissue around it so I can have it removed in about a year's time. Hoping it will have settled down by then and it can stay in place.

What did you do to your foot, Dr Dan? (Forgive me, but I am not up tp speepd).

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 11:14

What, Westy?!

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 11:13

Whoever was asking about Dublin Mara - I did it in 2013 and I really liked the course. A couple of slight inclines but I seem to remember more nice, gentle declines  Well organised and well supported.

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 10:52

Hello Gang!

To bring those who don’t remember me, I have pretty much been on the injury bench since November 2013, although I did manage to scrape some last minute P+D training and rely on muscle memory for London/Boston last spring. Soon after I had a fall in an off road race and tore my hamstring. Whist recovering from that, I crashed my mountain bike and sustained a multiple fracture of the lower leg and a dislocated ankle (Aug)

I came off crutches just before Christmas and went back to the gym and thought I would run again, such was the pain when I tried anything impactive. The last 4 months have seen a very gradual return to jogging. I still have a long way to go, as I have various issues with metal work in my leg and difficulty toe-ing off on the bad side which is causing me to favour my other side, but I am happy to report I can now manage three short runs a week. Last night was my first 6 miler in light years with my (much younger and much faster) training partner. All went well – my leg didn’t fall off and whilst it was tough cardio-wise, I felt on top of the world when I’d finished  

I am aiming for my local HM in August – just getting round will be an achievement. I have the P+L book too and my vaguely follow it, although I don’t want to push my luck at the moment. 

Sorry to hear that some of the old faces are/have been injured or living with medical complication.  Wishing you all a speedy recovery.

Best trainers for Shin Splints

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:31

In addition to the above, try calf guards or long compression socks to give your shin a bit more support. It might also be worth trying a pair of shock absorbing (sorbothane) insoles in your shoes.

Planning a holiday around the Boston marathon?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 21:06

PS - we were in Boston Thursday - Tuesday and weren't bored. I like city hopping - the only drawback being you have to pack up and move on every few days. I found walking for a few days a bit tricky, but nothing major. 

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