Archive for July, 2014

North Wales Half Marathon 2014

This Sunday I will be doing the North Wales Half Marathon. My first race in ages. I have to say I’m quite looking forward to it. Apparently one of the miles is along a sandy beach and another 1.5 miles is very vertical. Cheeky buggers!

148 Great. It rhymes and everything.


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Running injuries

Common Running Injuries

When you start running, there is a high likelihood that you will have some injuries. According to experts, most of the common running injuries are usually the result of overuse or applying repeated force on a certain body part for a prolonged time period. Making sudden changes in your training volume can cause some damages. Fortunately, there are many options that can help you deal with some of these injuries such as Loxley Kinesiology Tape and it is essential you know how to deal with your injuries and hit the pavements sooner than later.

Runners Knee

With a runners knee, the runner usually experiences a tender pain behind or around the patella and sometimes, the pain can be on the kneecap. When you realise that you have such signs, chances are high that you are having the patellofemoral pain syndrome or the runners knee. Essentially speaking, this injury comes through repetitive force after pounding on downhill or pavement as well as weak hips and muscle imbalances, which can stress your patella. Using Loxley Sports and their range of sport tapes can help a lot especially in minimising the stress and the impact on your patella. Also, it is a good idea that you stick to running uphill or on a flat terrain and wherever possible, opt to run on softer surfaces. Besides taping the knee, make sure that you cut back on your running mileage and use some anti-inflammatory medications as well.

Shin Splints

Nearly 80% of runners have experienced that stabbing, aching sensation in their shin as this is one of the most common running injuries. This is an incredibly nagging injury and results when the tendons and muscles that cover the shinbone are inflamed. The injury is very common particularly among new runners as well as runners who are returning after a prolonged layoff. Shin splints can also strike runners who wear the wrong type of shoes as well as those with flat feet or high arches. The pain can be eased by using ibuprofen, resting or icing the muscles. Taping your shin with Black Loxley Kinesiology Tape can also help in relieving the pain and speeding the healing process.

Hamstring Strain

Hamstring issues are very common among runners and nearly every runner can attest to have suffered from hamstring strain in the course of their running. The muscles running through the back of your thighs help in bending your knees and extending the legs as well as driving up hills. When your hamstrings are too weak or tight to perform well, it is very common for you to experience hamstring strain. Runners with weak muscles are more vulnerable to suffering from this running injury. Muscle imbalance especially when your quadriceps overpower your hamstrings furthers makes you vulnerable to hamstring strain. It is essential that you use hamstring curls for strengthening your hamstrings. One legged dead lifts will also help you a lot as well as deep tissue massage.


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That Extra Mile

My training for the Glencoe Marathon is going well. This is the longest period of time i have kept up running on a consistent basis for many months. The other day after work i decided to go for a mid week 5 miler. This run takes me past a farmhouse that has a nasty dog that attacks but just stops short of biting. Unnerving to say the least. The route i take usually takes me back past this farmhouse and that shitty dog so on this run when i got to about 4.5 miles i decided to go another route back which takes me up a massive hill and adds another mile to the run. The day was really hot and i had been going at a good pace (for me) up to this point. I managed to nail that hill and finish really strongly.

I have found another place to start which completely avoids running past the mutt but thanks to that beast i have been adding that extra mile to my runs after that particular run gave me confidence to try just that bit more.

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Double Figures

I went for a 10 miler this morning. i haven’t run this far in ages and now i remember why. the elevation gain ie: a massive fucking hill in the first 4 miles didn’t help matters. It kind of levels out at 5 miles but by this time my legs were fatigued and i was feeling a bit rough. I saw a mate of mine at about the 7 mile point and his enthusiastic encouragement saved the day. With my spirits lifted i managed to fight through the last few miles. I need to train harder in the week and do my longer runs on flatter courses. Lesson learnt.


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Directions Please!

During a 4 mile run this week i got stopped by someone who was in a car and they then asked me for directions. Am i the only one who thinks that is a bit odd? i would never stop someone mid run to ask them anything. It was obvious what i was doing. Big bloke sweating moving in an uncomfortable fashion with a strain on his face, headphones on and head down.

Anyway i politely gave them the directions (honest ones. The thought did cross my mind) i put my GPS on pause while i was doing this. I then forgot to turn it back as i continued my run. They ruined my stats man and i’m a data nerd. I hope they never found the place and are still looking for it.

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