The real Mr I

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ITB - what's taking so long?

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 01:16

"Hips seem realigned and 'getting better', I am told."

Hi Mr Physiotherapist, how are my hips?

'Oh yeah, umm, they are getting better. Good job you've been seeing me for the past 5 months as clearly what Im doing has been fixing them. Here is my invoice for this months work.'

The fact you wrapped the phrase 'getting better' in quotes tells me all I need to know. You don't believe it and neither do I and I haven't actually seen you.

I know this doesn't help you right now, but just pointing out the quackery that goes on ... (dont get me started on 'sports massages')



The Spine

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 23:12

I heard cragchick, upon being told she was being axed from the race, used language that would be suitable at neither a primary school or a church!

ITB - what's taking so long?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 23:06

I had ITBS. Didn't see a phyisotherapist. Didn't do foam rolling. And in a few weeks it was fine. Almost like the human body is made to repair itself. Funny that.

I wish I had a job where after after 5 months I still hadn't actually solved the problem but could get someone to keep paying me anyway. This physiotherapy lark is money for old rope.

As for the shoes miraculously curing your problem, Im sure the Adidas marketing department will agree

From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 21:34

That is a given. What you need to do is ditch the Lakeland 100. Target marathons this year, then next year step up to Ultras. At the moment, you are not an ultra runner. You may tell yourself you are, but you aren't. But thats not to say you can't be with a proper training plan. But its not going to happen this year, so do a proper marathon plan, get a good base down, then in 2016 start targeting your Ultras.

From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 21:30

So your plan after 3 months of drifting along with knee problems and not doing much training is to .... drift along with knee problems and not do too much training. Well it might work. We'll see.

Heres a quote for you: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results each time."

So what happens if a month from now your knee doesn't improve? Will you take a month off then? No you won't because you can't afford to since it will be too close to the Lakeland 100. With your tactic you are leaving yourself no room for manouever. Here is another problem with your current plan. What might happen is your knee might start to feel a bit better in a month from now. But because you've been training on flat ground you have given yourself a false sense of security. The moment you have to do any kind of hills (as you possibly may encounter in the Lakeland 100 - I assume there are hills in the Lake District right?) your knees are going to go 'What the hell is this???' and you'll give up. But then you can give up, say it wasn't your day but at least you told everyone you entered yet another 100 mile race.

You've now entered two 100 mile races in the past few months. In both of those races you covered the fewest distance of any runner in either race, and in both cases you never even made the half marathon mark. In other words, you are entering 100 mile races when you aren't actually good enough for a half marathon. Shouldn't that be telling you something? Entering 100 mile races isn't like playing the lottery, you can't just keep entering and just hoping one day by luck you'll complete the distance. Also while Im in rant mode (even though rant mode is usually the mode Im in on here), people have been congratulating you on just entering. I won't be doing that. I may have used this analogy before, but if I turned up at Dover with my swimming trunks and headed off to France and then had to be rescued a mile from the shore would everyone be congratulating me for at least giving it a go? No they would say I was stupid for attempting it in the first place.

Here is my prediction of how this will play out.

February - Maintain fitness. Knee still a slight problem.

March - Knee still a bit of a problem so going to continue maintaining program, see how it goes.

April - Knee slightly better. Going to do a 20 mile run on Saturday even though the first Ive been is 10 miles in the last few months since I need to get prepared for the Lakeland 100.

May - Knee playing up again with increased training. Might take a week off, see how it goes.

June - Behind schedule on training, knee OK will try to push a bit more this month for training. But not too much as don't want to damage anything before race.

July - Taper time. Haven't done as much training as I would hope but the tapering will give my body a last minute chance to try and repair itself.

July 24th - Race day. 20 miles in, couldn't tolerate knee pain anymore, caught by sweeper, Im out.

You never know, you might prove me wrong ... but I doubt it. Have a look at Peronel's post. You seem completely unaware that these races are 'proper' races. You can't just play at them. This isn't even like walking around a flat park for 100 miles. This will be a constant up and down, push like hell run. Here is a quote from the Lakeland 100 site.

" The climb, descent, rugged terrain, darkness and tricky navigation generally ensure a 50-60% failure rate over the 100 mile course"

So more than half the people fail. And yet you're going to do it even though you've been the first person out in each of your 100 mile runs?

You know Im not saying this to be nasty. This is me shaking you, trying to make you see sense. You will fail in the Lakeland 100.

From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 00:40

You remember way back when I told you to take a month off, there was a reason for that. The reason being is your past 3 months. It reads like a litany of disasters and constant illness and injuries. Keeping things 'ticking' over is simply maintaining the problem. Take two weeks off, take a month off. Do nothing except walk the dog. Why? Because your body is telling you its had enough. You've had 3 months of this. You need to completely rest, let the body fix itself. At the moment what youre doing is a bit like a mechanic trying to fix a car, but having someone come in every now and again and unscrewing all the nuts and bolts and then the mechanic has to start again. In short you are not allowing your body to repair itself so you will be in this constant state of 'its kind of fixed, but kind of not'.

Stop. Stop now. No 'ticking over'. No 'But what about my fitness?'. Stop. Give it at less 2 weeks, and see how your knee feels. Then you don't continue where you were last. You get a program, and start from week 1. If after week 1, you feel fine, you might be able to jump to week 3, but get fixed first, THEN worry about your fitness and your next race. The way you're going at the moment, you won't have another next race and even if you do you'll end up being the first person out of the race again.


This place is dead

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 23:08

You should call yourself Conway Kitty in your next incarnation ....

OK who broke the Forum?

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 10:08

Looks fine on my laptop


Deciding what to aim for

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 11:59
seren nos wrote (see)
The real Mr I wrote (see)
Ultra Bookie wrote (see)

My only marathon time is 6:00 - and that was a bit of a spur of the moment decision 


Still 17 minutes better than my one and only attempt at a Marathon lol!


 is that the one you were going to run every step of   

I may or may not have made a few statements, that may or may not have come back to haunt me at the time.


Deciding what to aim for

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 11:50
Ultra Bookie wrote (see)

My only marathon time is 6:00 - and that was a bit of a spur of the moment decision 


Still 17 minutes better than my one and only attempt at a Marathon lol!

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