Month: July 2016

A very frustrated runner

I have not blogged for a while for a number of reasons. The main one is that I wanted it to be a running blog and being unable to run has left me feeling really frustrated and quite frankly – demotivated.

After seeing the physio over a month ago I had some renewed optimism and hoped to be running in time for the school holidays. However, this was short lived and I have not seen the improvements I was hoping for which means I am going into the school holidays with a more rehab type mindset.

This week was the first week of the holidays and I toyed with the idea of going back to the physio. However, I decided that because I had not followed the advice as best I could, that I should have a good training week before reviewing the situation in the hope improvements will have been made.

Generally this week has been enjoyable as I have been able to go and exercise with no time pressure meaning I could spend time stretching and doing a bit more at the gym without feeling bad for it. I have also been able to get back into swimming which has been a nice change. If you had seen me swim a year ago I would have been that one splashing everyone else. Now though, I am much better but quite erratic meaning I still struggle to string some lengths together. More time in the pool will hopefully correct this.

I have been using the watt bike at the gym which has been quite interesting. Not being out running means I have nothing to measure myself against except for this. As you cycle it gives you a reading of your wattage and how you use the pedals (more pushing then pulling in my case). I also got talked into doing a 3 minute aerobic test on them which was a great way to tell me I am now officially unfit.

On Monday, I did a swim, cycle and then my exercises before getting on the treadmill. I managed to do 10 minutes pain free at 8 minute km pace. This was a big result for me and the furthest I have run pain free for a while. This joy was short lived when I tried doing the same the next day only to find that my knee twinged again.

I am still bemused by exactly what it is. I am sure it is something to do with my IT band, which in turn is something to do with my hips, which may also be a result of tight calves and hamstrings but I don’t know what I should be doing and this is driving me mad!

I am off on holiday next week camping in Cornwall and I will be making sure I do my exercise routine daily along with stretching and hopefully some foam rolling, but I am sad I cannot go on any runs. Hopefully we can squeeze the bikes in the car and do plenty of that! When I return I think I will be making another visit to the physio to try and get to the bottom of this!

Has anyone else been in a situation like this with a really frustrating injury? Any advice on how to cope with the frustrations and how you got through it?

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Pilates for runners

There is always talk about runners benefiting from pilates or yoga and I have been keen to go to a proper session for these for a while now.

I have been doing yoga at home using a DVD which I think has helped although progress with it is slow and I should use it more consistently. However, I think there are much more benefits from going to an actual class.

My gym do not have many pilates options that I can make as they tend to be during the day so I am making the most of the holidays to get along to some.

On Tuesday, I visited the beginners class. Meeting the instructor at the door I was very impressed and her friendly chat made me comfortable about being in the class. She was even happy to briefly discuss my injury and I appreciated her interest in me. Sometimes I go to these classes and feel a bit like an outsider but not today.

The class went through some basic movements and it was all about the core but the exercises were focused on quality rather than quantity. This was a bit weird to get my head round but made sense after a while because it is important that everything works effectively together.Training stretch

After this I looked for other pilates slots in the timetable and got booked onto another one on Friday – this time it was an improvers class. Probably not suitable for me after my one session I thought, but i’m a quick learner and was keen to do more pilates so I went for it. The instructor seemed a bit annoyed that I was in her improver class rather than the beginners class but I think I won her over in the end.

This was quite a good challenge as there was a few more bits of equipment involved and she was going at her normal (improvers group) pace which meant I had to really focus to pick things up. With my yoga DVD I think this is what bores me after a while because I know what is coming next.

I will definitely be looking to get into either of these classes again, but maybe not the advanced one just yet! If you have not tried it before then I would recommend you make a visit to a session at least once before you write it off.

Have you done pilates to help your running? How often do you think this should be done in a training week? Do you have a preference for yoga or pilates?