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2:11:05 - 28/101, 4/16 AG
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1:49:52 - 6/97, 1/19 AG
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3:07 1/157
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Sun May 14, 2017 8:18 pm iainm
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There are few things as annoying and depressing as being injured – especially if it wasn’t your fault. I’m just coming out of four weeks with no running after a calf injury and it really burns me up when I hear comments such as ‘Did you over-do it?’ or ‘What do you expect at our age?’ And that’s because it genuinely wasn’t my fault.

I was in great form in my build to the London Marathon. I’d been running consistently for months, putting in some good volume – around 50 miles pw in January, 55 miles pw in February, before hitting 60 in my biggest week before the taper. This year I recorded a new PB at the Brighton Half Marathon (even allowing for the shortfall in the course) and ran a comfortable 3:16 marathon in early-March. All was looking good for a tilt at a new marathon PB at London.

My taper coincided with a holiday to Australia. My final long run was in Perth – on a hot day, but the plus side was I got to run alongside the Indian Ocean. A week later – two weeks before VLM – I’d found a local half marathon to enter – the Three Rivers Bunbury Half Marathon. That was another lovely run by the ocean and around the port and marina. The plan was to hold back – there was nothing to prove over this distance – so I paced it just faster than marathon pace for a comfortable 1:31 to finish 11th overall.

I felt fine at the end of the race, but when I saw there was free massage available, it seemed like a great idea. There was no queue and it would presumably speed my recovery time. Nice idea, but that’s not how it worked.
Previously I’ve always experienced a very gentle massage post-race – the idea being to help smooth out some of those torn muscle fibres and help promote blood flow and process the lactic acid and reduce DOMS. This massage was not like that. Instead the masseur started giving me a deep tissue massage. I mentioned that I was typically tighter in my left leg through my glutes, hamstrings and calves and that seemed to be a red flag to a bull. She tracked down pressure points and pushed hard digging right into the muscles – I was in significant pain.

Now that’s not so unusual in one of my regular massages. I don’t know what you’re like on a massage table, but I accept that to move forward you need to be able to cope with some pain. I normally work with the same masseur and she knows when I’m competing, when I’m tapering and when I’m in a heavy training load, adjusting the massage accordingly. You have to put your trust in the massage – but at the time it didn’t sound right and the biggest mistake that I made was that I didn’t say anything. I did ask her how long she’s been doing massage (10 years, apparently) and decided I would run with it and put my trust in her, despite my intuition telling me it was all wrong.

So you can guess what happened next. Despite feeling fine during the race and at the finish, by the time we’d arrived back at our apartment I was limping. I tried to be optimistic, if I’d been at home I would have lined up a physio immediately, but by now I was in Dunsborough – a smaller town in WA – and two days later was in Augusta – an even smaller town in WA (to put it into context, neither of these two places have any traffic lights – the mark of a ‘big town’ in that part of the world).

I made an attempt to run slowly, but it clearly wasn’t working. I kept hoping I’d be able to get over it before VLM, but eventually I accepted it just wasn’t going to happen. So I missed that race – one of my year’s A races. I also missed the Euro Duathlon Champs, although I was probably going to withdraw from that anyway. I now have a qualifier for the World ITU Champs at Eton in a week’s time. I should be able to get round, but despite being as positive as possible, realistically I have Buckley’s Chance of qualifying there – currently I’m running a 27min 5k and this is an event where I need to be running a 20 minute 5k to get in the mix.

So it’s been a very disappointing and depressing period. But hopefully I’m on my way back now. I ran this week for the first time and while there’s still pain, it’s improving. I just have to just put it behind me and try and get in shape for my final A race of the season on 09 July. That’s another qualifier (standard distance this time) for the Worlds. I only have two months to get in shape for it, but I have been able to swim and bike during this period. Both are probably at a 7/10 in terms of my max potential, compared with 1/10 for running.
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I'm a 50 year old triathlete and runner, competing since 1992. I have competed in 119 triathlons and 20 marathons (including 6 ultras). I am supported by Profeet - sports footwear and orthotics specialists.
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