I love running but I am not a natural runner, currently when I reach about 1.5 hours of running I get an overwhelming feeling to lie down in the road and cry. However this isn’t really an option, and nearby pedestrians may think I am a little strange. So I have embarked upon a hideous training program, veteran marathon runner Seb has convinced me to sign up to a half marathon in exotic Watford on the 6th February, and in my mad rush to try and be ready for this I have successfully obtained my first problem. Marvellous. Lucky I work in a Physio clinic……
…after much prodding of my hip, agonising torture with Simon and his elbows, and Seb observing me run on the treadmill the pain in my hip (bursitis) apparently stems from the fact I have a weak bum. Great. The solution? Squats, lunges, working on my weak bum and that dreaded word ‘core stability’. All fairly unpleasant exercises.
I took myself off to Runners Need with Seb on Monday, where I was told by the expert young Australian chap that I had allowed my trainers to get into an unacceptable state and was in urgent need of new trainers. They filmed me running on the treadmill and concluded that I drop my knees and right hip in, most likely the cause of the pain, and I was fitted with a new pair of Brooks trainers. Not so happy about being wrenched from my beloved Asics, but apparently these trainers are going to do the job more effectively. Watch this space.
Seb will be talking at Runners Need this Monday 31st January on Marathon training and running, free advice and recommendations, free goodybags from Runners Need, 10% discount on kit on the night and 50% discount on physio with us – an opportunity not to be missed, to book a place contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to point out that I am not doing this for fun. My target is to raise £1600 for shelter, the homelessness and housing charity in the UK. All the money Shelter raises goes towards the dispossessed, the homeless, and campaigning for fairer rights and housing for everyone. The work they do in this country is invaluable and they rely heavily on charitable donations. You can find out more by visiting www.england.shelter.org.uk.
If you’d like to sponsor me I do have a justgiving site at www.justgiving.com/hollylondonmarathon