Archive for the ‘Medical’ Category

August was sensational. Back in training, big style. 142 miles on the clock, my biggest month ever. Times coming down to within sprinting distance of my 2014 highs. I beat Arnold Schwarzenegger to it, I was well and truly back. Then, on a routine 10k during Friday lunchtime, I felt my left calf getting a […]

Let’s Be Having You, Mr Achilles

Posted: 20th May 2015 by mockjogger in Medical
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I’ve been good, really good. Not a single running stride for three weeks. My cunning don’t be a dick algorithm has been hard-wired into my brain, helping me resist any urge to get out there and just see how things go. A week ago yesterday, my Achilles achieved “no obvious discomfort” status, and I advanced along […]

After a few days of professional-grade denial, I’ve decided to come clean with myself and admit I have a sore Achilles’ tendon. This is something of a setback to the reboot, but it is what it is, and now that I’ve come to terms with it I can start working the problem. It first surfaced […]

8 miles, 8 months

Posted: 30th April 2015 by mockjogger in Inspiration, Medical
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In the movies, when a story is running thin they start it over and call it a reboot. Well, here in real life, I am going to do just that. I have been off the grid for so long I can hardly remember what it’s like to line up at the start of a race, […]

Let’s take stock. My last run was about 3 months ago. The sun was shining, and my only dilemma was which pair of shorts to wear. In the meantime, the only part of marathon training I have been able to keep up with is calorie intake. It’s not all bad news. I joined the new […]

An Enforced Sabbatical

Posted: 11th December 2014 by mockjogger in Medical
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OK, so where were we? Ah yes, I remember. The Great North Run. Sunshine, blue skies and a calf strain. I was happy just to get around. I looked forward to the next race. Then I was tag teamed by two completely unconnected occurrences and stopped running. And blogging. And twitter. Firstly, the company I […]

You don’t run with an injury. You don’t try out a new piece of kit or clothing in a race. You can’t “wing it” in a half marathon, the running gods will turn on you. I know these things. Everyone knows these things. Probably I will be doing all of them on Sunday. Recently, training […]

Frozen Winkie

Posted: 12th February 2014 by mockjogger in Medical, Training Runs
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What’s a man to do? Today’s 18 miler started out fairly innocuously. In working my way out of a cold-and-jet-lag induced running slump I have been vitamining-up and going back to basics on food and hydration, so last night’s triple-bowl of rice with pork were nicely complemented by an early alarm and three slices of […]

Foam Rolling – There’s Nothing Foamy About It

Posted: 29th September 2013 by mockjogger in Equipment, Medical
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Every now and again my twitter feed gets illuminated with a message from a runner just about to head off for a session with a foam roller. It always used to prompt two questions in my mind. What is a foam roller? How painful could foam rolling be? After all, it’s like foamy and you […]

A Right Pain in the .. Hip

Posted: 23rd September 2013 by mockjogger in Medical
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This post was supposed to be a report of the Scottish Gas 10K race on 22nd September. Instead, I recorded by first DNS (did not start). Here’s why. Near the end of a 7 mile training run on Friday 13th (seriously) I ran across a road to enter The Meadows, a park in the middle […]