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A Tall Order



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,376 ✭✭✭ Mr. Guappa

    Well done to your young fella - he's got a competitive streak anyway!

    Best of luck in Malaga. The course profile would seem to suit a conservative start for the first few km, and take it from there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,247 ✭✭✭ Laineyfrecks

    Was lovely to see you briefly & well done to your little lad, great to have them fit at a young age.

    Very best of luck in Malaga😊

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,635 ✭✭✭ DeepBlue

    Great report M and well done on grafting a nice PB in such unfavourable conditions.

    I don't suppose the wheelchair athlete was this guy? I think he was doing his 500th marathon in Malaga.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,247 ✭✭✭ Laineyfrecks

    Great read M, well again on your PB😊

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,313 ✭✭✭ py

    Thanks D. I don't think that's them. I got the impression that this particular athlete was a local.

    Thanks E. Becoming happier with the time as the days pass.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,376 ✭✭✭ Mr. Guappa

    Congrats on the PB in tough conditions.

    I think the post-race bag fiasco followed by the lock box struggles would have tipped me over the edge after a difficult race!

    Nice one on getting into Chicago - that is really one to look forward to with relish. A good few Boardsies did it this year so should be plenty useful information to glean from their experiences.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,923 ✭✭✭ Kellygirl

    Just catching up on your log here M. Well done in Malaga. Sounds like a tough day out. Great running from your son too in Jingle Bells. Very exciting about Chicago.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,018 ✭✭✭✭ Murph_D

    Well done on the PB in a tough marathon, reminded me of the old adage, 'have a plan and stick to it'. Sounds like a good race, and congrats on the Chicago lottery result.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,923 ✭✭✭ Kellygirl

    Good luck with the employment search. Hope the PF behaves too. I had it back in 2019/2020. Somebody recommended special PF socks to me back then that I still wear all the time. They were Feetures and I got them on Amazon.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,313 ✭✭✭ py

    Oh thanks for that. I have been down a "pf sock" rabbit hole on google for the morning. I've ordered a "Strassburg sock" which appears to have quite good reviews and some research behind it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,923 ✭✭✭ Kellygirl

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,313 ✭✭✭ py

    Week of 16th January

    Monday - 65' easy with 20" strides * 5 - 10Km, 6:31/Km, 151avg HR

    Tuesday - 60' easy - 10Km, 6:28/Km, 130avg HR


    20' easy

    2' on/off * 15 - (4:48, 4:50, 4:39, 4:33, 4:36, 4:49, 4:44, 4:36, 4:40, 4:37, 4:44, 4:32, 4:39, 4:20, 4:28)

    20' easy 

    17.5Km, 5:45/Km, 155avg HR

    Thursday - 30' easy - 5Km, 6:12/Km, 140avg HR

    Friday - Unplanned rest day

    Saturday - 65' easy - 11.5Km, 5:54/Km, 145avg HR

    Sunday - rest day

    Mileage for the Week - 53Km

    Mileage for the Year - 210Km

    Not a planned step back week but almost looks that way due to a missed session at the weekend. Took it extra easy on the easy runs early in the week due to PF and there being frost everywhere. Wednesday's session was a tough one but got through it. Thursday's easy run was cut short due to time constraints. A poor night of sleep on Thursday and a full day of class on Friday meant I didn't have the energy/motivation/time to get out for Friday's easy run. Decided on an easy run for Saturday morning so I got out early to Tymon park for my easy run and took in the parkrun course at the end. I was on the fence whether to get out for the missed Saturday's session on Sunday but I decided against it. I'm trying to keep Sunday free for family stuff as much as possible so I kept to my word and meant it was a 5 day week. Not stressing over it.

    PF still lingering. The pain is up/down at times. The "strassburg sock" I ordered arrived Thursday so I had it on Thursday/Friday night. This was likely the cause of my poor nights sleep on Thursday so I ended up just sticking it on if I was working/reading/watching TV. The massage gun is helping so I have begun to use that on the foot first thing in the morning. Very lightly just to get the blood moving around the foot. Less pain this way. Read/watched lots on the topic at this stage. Have some Kinesio tape arriving to see if taping it will help. It is not debilitating but I just want to get it mended asap.

    3 weeks until Enniscorthy 10Km. Important session coming up this week with 3 * 10' @ 10Km which will give me a good idea of where I am at. Picked up the Brooks Hyperion Tempo on Friday so going to give them a run out for this and probably race day too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 945 ✭✭✭ Lambay island

    Hey M.. as a previous sufferer from the dreaded PF, I feel your frustration on it.. I tried everything, including the sock too. If you feel the symptoms are not alleviating , I would put some serious consideration into taking a break from running while continuing PF exercises along with cycling etc. I know you don't want to hear that and im no physio but you could potentially be making it worse or kicking the break further down the road.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,690 ✭✭✭ skyblue46

    As someone who lost over 6 months to it I would endorse the suggestion of rest. Trying to manage it by continuously doing what I could running wise undoubtedly prolonged it. A few weeks off, lots of rolling the sole of the foot on a bottle of frozen water and wearing the brace/boot whenever I could eventually cleared it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,313 ✭✭✭ py

    Thanks folks. That is my next step. If I can get to the 10Km race, my initial plan is to take a full week off and see where I'm at then. If I get there. Will know more after the next week. I know it's not something to take lightly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 945 ✭✭✭ Lambay island

    Good luck with it! its such a head wrecker of an injury. I ran about 1 month too long with those symptoms and I have no doubt it prolonged it. I reiterate what was said above, that frozen water bottle was my friend too. It will clear and you will come back stronger so stay positive.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,247 ✭✭✭ Laineyfrecks

    Sorry to read this but from the advice from the 2 lads I do think you are doing the right thing. None of us like not running but as you said Chicago is the main goal so keep your focus on that. The main thing is getting there! Keep the chin up🤗

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,923 ✭✭✭ Kellygirl

    You are doing the right thing. It’s very annoying the way it lingers on.

    By the way, these were the socks I got when I started running again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,313 ✭✭✭ py

    Week of 23rd January


    65' easy with 20" strides * 5 - 11Km, 5:58/Km, 151avg HR (morning)

    30 mins cycling (evening)

    Tuesday - Nadda

    Wednesday - 65' cycling

    Thursday - Nadda

    Friday - Nadda

    Saturday - Nadda

    Sunday - Nadda (there's a pattern evolving here....)

    Mileage for the Week - 11Km

    Mileage for the Year - 222Km

    As stated a few posts back, I've knocked the running on the head until my PF is gone. I need to be able to wake up in the morning and have zero pain on that first step before resuming any running. This rules out the 10Km in Enniscorthy in 2 weeks. I did notice that the Battle of Clontarf has opened up so I'm going to register for that soon and hope for the best.

    After a seriously lazy week, I've reopened my Zwift account so the plan is to keep the aerobic system ticking over. I am still going to try get outside on the bike but it is less fun in the cold/wet/windy weather we have during Winter.

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