Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:37
First and foremost, the very best of luck to the Berliners this weekend. Kick it hard and don't be sh!t, etc Oh, a little finishing tip - if, after you've got your gear back, you head back down to the Brandenburg Gate (I'm assuming it's like previous years), just on the finish side of the gate should be several bratwurst and beer stalls and a large screen showing those approaching from the other side.
It's a shame it's not on tv as I always loved watching this one and Dennis Kimetto has designs on the WR (pb of 2:03:45).
selbs - if icing makes it worse then maybe use a hot water bottle or deep heat. The chances are the fluid around it is more viscous when settled (hence the pain as the tendon has to pull through it) and heat should reduce the viscosity and allow the tendon to move more freely.
*Well, Lev is doing most of those things, but that's indistinguishable from normal training, so I expected an increase.
That actually made me lol. Shame about the missed opportunity on the 3000m and the cold.
Nice session bains. Better to underdo the paces a little and finish feeling strong than to overdo them and finish feeling cooked.
Scott - so are you fully injury free now? It would be good to see what you could do with a period of consistent, niggle free training under your belt.
Padams - nice accidentally quicker run. That and the relays show you're in good running shape. It will be interesting to see what you do, marathon wise, next year with a bit more running focus.
Al_P - wow. That is all!
Wardi - the Spartathlon is one I'd love to do at some stage. As well as the 36hr cut-off (I think winning time is usually around 23-24hrs) there are 75 checkpoints along the way which all have cut-off times too.
Just before I was heading out for my fartlek Wednesday I got called from work and ended up in a conference call for the afternoon, so it became an impromptu rest day instead. On the plus side, as painful as it was at the time, the relays, followed by the long run the next day seem to have stretched out the hamstring.
The chiropractor yesterday said that the knee pain (that is/was triggering the tight hamstring) was not caused by the popliteus muscle as I hoped, but is just the result of the knock I took on it. It's still a bit painful, but settling down now, so fingers crossed it's almost sorted.
I'm also now in maintenance mode with the chiropractor, which basically means my hip/back/shoulder are as good as they will get, plus I've also got the all-clear to start conditioning work, which I am seeing a clubmate who is also a PT about, so all very positive.
A nice progressive 10 yesterday (3 @ 6:34, 1 @ 6:07, 4 @ 5:54, 1 @ 5:36, 1 @ 5:27) on a 'non-flat' route with a bit of breeze was promising for how it felt. By comparison with previous logs I reckon that puts me somewhere between Berlin '12 (2:30:19) and Amsterdam '13 (2:27:48) shape at 5 weeks out at the moment, so a few good weeks and if I can get a few good sessions in could hopefully nudge me closer to the latter than the former.