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I need your help

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 14:27

It may be worth remembering that people mature at different rates. Comparing yourself with others your age is not a great comparison so don't run yourself down! Furthermore you do not have to be a runner to coach runners, so just because your Dad is 'only average' does not mean that he does not know how to coach.

The fact that you are running regularly is going to help you a lot and will pay off in the long term. The first thing to do is keep a diary of your training with relevant details like how far, how fast, the weather, how you feel (good, bad, tired, motivated etc.) and try and be consistent (which you appear to be!).

Joining a running club is a great idea, but it takes a bit of courage to turn up not knowing anyone or what standard is expected of you. But it would be a good move!

But as cougie says keep the intensity down, try to be consistent with the amount of training you do each week and go for it at the parkrun! The parkrun would be a good place to find out about local clubs and which one would suit you.

Most important go out, run, enjoy yourself and the improvement will happen



Posted: 07/05/2016 at 10:07

Any chance of an update in a few months futon?

Talkback: Can eating more fat make you a better runner?

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 16:59

I have done it and it works a treat  

A full fried heart attack breakfast every morning and no food cravings for the rest of the day!


Posted: 06/05/2016 at 16:37

I have to say I have no idea how diabetes and an underactive thyroid combine. The endocrine system is complex as various organs work together (or don't with diabetes).

However taking thyroxine is likely to make you feel a lot better! (but not necessarily!) The thyroid normally works with your hypothalamus to regulate your body temperature so the medication should increase your body temperature. A higher body temperature should help you to recover from training quicker, eat more and generally improve your digestive system. So less constipation! But this is all 'generally' because it will affect different people in different ways.

The 'doping' side of it is controversial, but you would have to be a moron to 'dope' without medical assistance. Too much thyroxine is likely to make you ill. You  (someone who needs it) are only artificially providing your body what it should have anyway. You certainly would not stop taking insulin because it is 'doping' although it IS on the banned list! (it is used to promote hunger in endurance athletes to help them eat enough calories!).

You say you have no symptoms but what about body temperature? I would suggest buying a good quality 'tympanic' thermometer (a in your ear one). I use a 'Welch Allyn Braun 4000' (second hand on ebay they are £40 ish) your body temperature should be 36.5C. A low temperature is the main symptom (but you don't have to have one!). I know of people who were 34.5C! If you take thyroxine you should keep your temperature below 36.8C or otherwise keep your levels checked, hence the 6 month blood test! Worth noting how your temperature changes.

There are a LOT of books out there but most are peddling an expensive supplement regime or a certain type of trademarked medication so beware! Your Dr may be able to suggest one that is helpful if you want to learn more.

In short, how the medication will affect you is difficult to predict, but likely to be positive! So don't worry. And were doping is concerned, thyroxine is not on the banned list so don't worry!

Running with Multiple Pulmonary Embolisms (blood clots)

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 21:30

Thank you Peep xxx

I am disgustingly well and wallowing in self pity because I have been beaten in a race by my training partner... again...

A little perspective is in order for me

It is great to hear someone being so positive, there are so many unsung heroes out there; all the best to you both


Posted: 30/04/2016 at 13:05

The thing that will most affect your performance is your head; meaning that if you think the expedition will affect your race then it will!

I have had a problem in the last few years in that there is a Marathon that I cannot resist doing the day before a fast 10k that my club-mates treat as an end of year beano. I have had no problem banging out a pb each time! Not sure why!

I would say that I would rather do the 10k the day after than two or more days after when I have stiffened up a bit. So doing the 1500m the day after would be OK for me. However one thing that does affect my performance is lack of sleep (an occupational hazard for me) this could be a bigger problem than the distance you are covering. Another problem could be blisters? How good are your boots? Unfortunately if blisters happen they happen.

There is certainly nothing that you can do in 24 hours that will significantly affect your recovery. But on the positive side the expedition will take your mind off what is obviously an important run and may even improve your time?

If you go into the 1500m with any attitude other than 'I am going to nail this regardless of anything' then it is a waste of effort.

So nail it!!

And then let us know how you get on!


Running with Multiple Pulmonary Embolisms (blood clots)

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:27

I am very interested in how you are Peep xxx? I cannot imagine how it affects people who were previously fit and well to have a catastrophic event that changes their lives.

I am very aware that the stresses and strains of my job and in particular the hours I work are affecting my health. I like to think that running and eating well protects me from harm, but then I read your story.

Many of my colleagues are dropping by the wayside, most recently with a brain aneurysm and I am wondering whether I should pack it in and do something less stressful.

But how are you?

Altitude Chamber Training - any point?

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 10:36

Basically what Phil said!

Here is a general article on altitude training, it is worth noting the first bit of the article which says that altitude affects different people in different ways. Assessing what sort of person you are is not easy.

Your question is answered in the paragraph entitled 'Live-Low/Train-High (altitude training)'.

Remember that this type of training could improve your performance by a few percent for a few weeks. It is not worth investing a significant amount of money on it in my opinion

Addicted to bread - need help

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 17:42

Maybe it is the carbohydrates that your body is craving not the bread specifically? If you, like most people eat too many carbs your body can become intolerant.

You may need to think about a more balanced diet?

Try this test;

Talkback: Thyroid meds still legal for elite athletes

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 12:47

I cannot remember the toxic dose of iron but it is a lot! Far more than the therapeutic dose Dave 68 certainly not a 'go to' medication for self harm.

The causes of an underactive thyroid are not well understood certainly many people suffer from it. We know that the thyroid can be damaged by radioactivity, other causes suggested are pollution from everyday substances affecting a persons endocrine system. The endocrine system is in itself complex with the hypothalamus, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary and other glands working together to achieve homeostasis.

As I understand overtraining can cause stress to your endocrine system and the effects of this stress can be mitigated by meds such as thyroxine and cortico-steroids. Whether this is wrong, immoral or bad for your health is worthy of discussion.

But one thing I have found out is that taking meds like anabolic-steroids and growth hormone can affect your endocrine system, so some athletes may be taking thyroxine to mitigate the effect of or cover their use of much more useful performance enhancing drugs.

I certainly have no problem with someone competing with meds like thyroxine, salbutamol, seretide etc. as long as they are prescribed and used therapeutically.

But the idea that a person can have their testosterone levels 'tweeked' therapeutically with Andriol is stretching things for me. As ever where to draw the line is complex and needs to be discussed

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