Posted: 08/03/2015 at 23:08
I have finally managed to catch up on all the latest postings!
Have thought about the cramps I got at the Bath Half and as I was wearing my running jacket throughout, have concluded I over-heated and didn’t take on enough fluid (even though it was an electrolyte drink). I had managed 12ml runs leading up to the race without any problems so cannot think of any other reason. The video of me finishing at Bath made for interesting viewing as I could see myself shuffling along like a proper old man and then watched myself nearly falling over after I crossed the line as both calves cramped again.
HS – re your comment about many older runners turning to longer distances as they lose race speed. I have never been a speedy runner and there are others of my age who are far fitter, weigh less and can run faster than I am ever likely to manage. I want to walk more at weekends in future so by dropping back to 10k distance, it will be easier to fit in runs during the week. Well done re your Salisbury 10ml race.
JJ – you asked if I’m a forefoot striker and if that could be causing calf/Achilles problems? I’m not really sure and will have to try and concentrate on my style next time I am out. I think I used to be a heel striker but then started trying to run more on my forefoot to avoid shuffling along. You also asked if I had seen a physio about cramping – this time last year I was being treated for a problem with my soleus and as I hadn’t known about stretching that muscle for years she remarked that could well have been the cause of various calf-related issues over the years.
Columba – shame we missed each other at Bath – hope by now you’ve got your goody bag and t-shirt back. The problems I was finding during the race was having to weave around people and having people cut across in front of me without looking.
Red – saw your photo of you wearing your ARUK vest on FB.
Exhausted – I empathise with you being attacked by a dog as it happened to me a few weeks ago on one of my training runs in Cirencester Park.
BIW – great photo of Nemo.
I’ve not been out for a run since the Bath Half – I was on call yesterday until 2:30pm and then had to go and see my son in my house later that afternoon. Today we were invited out for lunch so I couldn’t fit in a run before or after. I have promised myself I will get my running shoes back on tomorrow, even though it will just be a quick 3ml loop around town after work.
As I mentioned in my last posting, I’ve been busy at work lately so there’s usually no chance of popping on to the RW website. But that will be changing come April as I am going to be retiring at the end of this month. It means I’ll have more time for everything including our proposed house-move if everything goes according to plan. Can’t wait!