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Berlin Marathon Training Week 6

Well this post is a total contrast to my last marathon training update. I have done zero running this week, apart from two runs abandoned at 0.9 and 0.4 miles. My calf/knee injury has flared up yet again, and I am slowly reaching the end of my patience with it.

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Berlin training has been very stop/start, I feel like I’ve missed more weeks of training that I’ve run so far. This is the 2nd week out of the last three that I’ve done absolutely no running, and it’s super frustrating. I’m not so much worried about the distance, as I know I have that in my legs, it’s just that this problem keeps flaring up and I wonder how I’ll get through the rest of training if it continues.

 

I’m having to reassess my goals, as I really wanted a solid training period and focus on this marathon so I could go for a massive PB, unfortunately I’m missing so much training, that I think I’m going to have to settle for just getting round the course, and I’ve kind of accepted that. What difference does it make if it’s slower than I want to be, I’m going to be running a marathon in one of my favourite cities! I missed several weeks of training in the run up to Manchester, and it was painful, but I still got round!DSCF3982

I was hoping this week the injury would gradually improve like it did the week before last, but actually it doesn’t seem to be. I’ve been doing a lot of walking and stretching, but haven’t tried to run again since mid week. I know earlier in the year I would have probably run through the pain and carried on instead of taking a week off, but I’m just not in a place mentally where I can push through it any more, especially as I know I’m just going to make it worse, and risk being out longer. What is most frustrating is that I’ve been running for 5 years and I’ve barely had an injury problem before this year! It’s like everything has come one after the other, and I’ve never been fully right since the injury in Feb/March.

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Today was my first ever DNS for a race, I was supposed to do the National Lottery Anniversary run having won a place on Twitter, but I had my sensible cap on and decided against it due to the knee pain. I was annoyed not to run the race, but I would have been more annoyed if I had paid for it- and may even have dragged myself round which would have been incredibly stupid.

I’ve taken a week off TFBR this week also, I did one workout earlier in the week, but I didn’t want any jumping/leg weights to aggravate the problem, so I thought I would take a week off exercise completely. I usually get burned out around week 8 or so of a weights program anyway, so I thought taking a week off at the half way point (week 6) might see me finishing the program stronger as well.

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I think what’s most annoying about this injury is that I’m not even running that much or particularly big mileage compared to earlier in the year. If I hadn’t already paid for Berlin (race, flights, hotel) I would most definitely pull out as I need some time away from running, to let my body rest and repair whatever is going on. Hopefully I can get to the bottom of this soon, and it starts to improve, or this could be a pretty grim training period in the run up to Berlin.

Loxley Sports Kinesiology Tape

I got quite a bad injury in Feb/March time and I couldn’t walk without severe pain for about 6 weeks or so. I finally paid a trip to an awesome sports physio, who immediately told me I had damaged the muscle which was putting pressure on the sciatic nerve thus causing the unbearable pain. During our first session he taped up my calf with kinesiology tape, and in the space of the hour consultation I was able to walk pain free, it was like night and day compared to how I had limped in.

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Since then I’ve been absolutely sold on kinesiology tape and I use it whenever I feel a niggle. I’ve been taping my calf/knee lately following instructional videos online and it’s definitely made a big difference. It helps to ease the pressure/swelling on any injury and helps with circulation to the area as well. Loxley Sports kindly sent me some pink and black tape which I’ve been racing through, with my current rate of injury problems!

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For those of you not familiar, kinesiology tape is an elastic tape used for muscle, ligament and tendon support and pain relief. It can be used in varying applications all over the body to help with pain. It’s like an external support, and it helps me to continue on with activity without being bulky or restrictive like other tapes/braces.

It’s not irritating or itchy, in fact it’s like a second skin, I never really notice it’s on my leg at all. The Loxley kinesiology tape isn’t precut so you can cut strips to the length you need. It’s sweat and waterproof and I get about 4-5 days out of it before it starts to peel away.

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There’s not a massive amount of evidence behind kinesiology tape, but I’ve experienced the benefits first hand so I know it works. Whether it works on a physical level or has a placebo effect I’m not sure, but I’m not going to argue with something that is incredibly effective.

You can get kinesiology tape at Loxley Sports at the reasonable price of just £4.95 a roll, it also comes in four different colours. They also sell strength training equipment including TRX trainers, which look awesome!

 

Disclaimer: I was sent the kinesiology tape for review, all opinions are my own.

Berlin Marathon Training Week 4

The one where I didn’t do any running, and I’m totally OK with that. As I alluded to last week I had really been struggling with niggles, particularly a calf problem which seemed to be getting worse, so for once I made the sensible decision to take a week off running. Not ideal during marathon training, but at least it’s earlier in the cycle rather than later. I’ve actually had a great training week despite that and really enjoyed every workout this week:

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Mon: 45 min Spin + 3 mile Walk
Tues: TFBR Lower Body Weights/Core + 3.6 mile Walk
Weds: 45 min Spin + 3.6 mile Walk
Thurs: TFBR Metabolic Blaster Weights/Plyo
Fri: Rest Day
Sat: TFBR Upper Body Weights/Core + 3 mile Walk
Sun: TFBR Total Body Blast Circuits

So no running but a lot of great workouts! My 30 day pass for Cyclebeat ran out on Weds-sad times-so I made the most of the last few days with 2 tough classes. I went 9 times in the 30 days which was pretty decent and I’m so glad I bought the pass. I will miss the classes though as I’ve really enjoyed them, and £15 for a 45 min class is not something I can justify right now. Hopefully I can get some more outdoor cycling in instead.

I moved onto Phase 2 of the fat burn revolution this week. I only made it through one week of this phase prior to the Ultra then after a few weeks off I started it again, so it’s good to be back at this phase although I was slightly dreading it as I remember it being a huge step up. The workouts are much longer in this phase, around an hour each and there is a lot more core work. I really need to get a set of heavier weights for the leg workouts, as my 15kg set isn’t cutting it for lower body stuff. Again not something I can really afford right now so just making the most with what I have. The upper body workouts have been tough, and I am very sore. My core is totally destroyed after a huge amount of hand to foot ball passes and hand to elbow planks! I actually really enjoyed all the workouts and it was nice to do them when I’m not so exhausted from running.

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My calf is feeling fine although with no running it hasn’t been tested, so I’m slightly nervous about stepping out tomorrow. I have carried on with my stretching exercises, and I’ve taped it as well to take some pressure off it. For once I haven’t missed running this week, which has been a bit weird, but it probably shows I was a little physically/mentally burnt out and needed some time off in that respect as well as for the injury. Hopefully the week off will have helped and I’ll be ready to kick back into marathon training properly this week.

Ultra Training Week 8: Physio

This week has been another mostly frustrating one in terms of injury, but there has been some light at the end of the tunnel! February has been a total right off since I did the Longman Trail Race on the 2nd, I’ve run about 4 times and that is it. I didn’t even cycle, swim or do anything else as I thought I had torn my calf, and didn’t want to make it any worse.

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Things reached breaking point on Wednesday when my family came to visit for the day for my Mums birthday, we did some touristy things and lots of walking (8 miles) of which I was in pain and limping for every single step. I didn’t want to ruin the day so I just got on with it, but I was in so much pain when I tried to go to bed that evening, my whole body hurt and I ended up crying myself to sleep.

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Thankfully on Thursday I had my physio appointment. I saw Jonathan at Six Physio Moorgate, and he was excellent. After a quick history, he made me do a few exercises which confirmed it wasn’t a tear, then I did some other ones, and within 10-15 minutes of me being in the appointment, we knew exactly what the problem was. Not a tear at all, but a neurological problem with the sciatic nerve which runs from the spinal cord right down the side of both legs. I don’t whether it was the race that caused the problem, whether it was just building up from something else, or whether something like my fall down the stairs a few months back started the issue.

He worked on lots of manipulation techniques and pressure points- some of them were bloody painful, as well as some massage to the area. We also looked at my walking on the treadmill which highlighted my left hip dropping and when I plant my left foot it’s almost twisted inwards, like a corkscrew motion, not good. So I am making a much more concerted effort with my posture when I am walking and sitting.

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He taped the area with KT Tape to de-load some of the pressure, and it was unbelievable, I actually walked the 2 miles home in barely any pain compared to the day before. He designed a program of stretches which I am doing twice a day, and some strengthening moves every other day. I have already noticed a huge difference, and am walking virtually pain free now which is insane when I was hobbling around in pain only a few days before.

On Friday I walked 3 miles, and on Saturday I dug out my bike for the first time in the best part of a year and headed to Victoria Park for a cycle, I did 10 miles, and was super jealous of all the runners I was passing! I don’t massively enjoy cycling, I find it hard, and my hybrid bike is heavy and I feel so slow on it- might steal the other halfs this week instead! I felt good on the ride, I just stopped at the 5 mile point to have a stretch and ensure everything felt ok with the body. I also had a 4 mile walk in the afternoon, there were some minor twinges, but on the whole the calf felt good.

This morning I was going to go swimming, but I wasn’t really up early enough. I had a little 3 mile walk, and felt really good, if I didn’t know there was something wrong I’d think I was totally fine! We also stumbled upon Cookies and Scream a Vegan Gluten Free bakery in Camden, it was amazing, we shared the most delicious Peanut Butter Cookie. I love that they use unrefined ingredients. Have to visit again some time!

I have physio again on Tuesday, and I am hoping will be given the green light for running soon! I am itching to get back out there, but obviously have to take it slow, and listen to my body. Until then I’ll keep on with the exercises and hopefully I am heading in the right direction. I am still hoping to make Manchester Marathon but after missing virtually 4 weeks of training of any sort, it’s going to be a tough ask.