Sunday, 5 May 2019

The Emotional Side of Injury

Injuries in running seems to be both a growing plague and something which is widely accepted as normal. The cliche of being told by the overweight, bearded man in the pub holding a lager, or your inactive grandmother that you'll wreck your knees, or the has-been athlete telling you your hamstring will never be the same after that tear all course through my mind, along with a long list of problems I've learned runners go through during my research into injuries. Many friends in my University club are either currently injured or have been this year. It's the silence around the matter which has intrigued me. It seems to be shunned with the eating disorders and mental health conditions.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Morning Run 06/02/19

So I feel the need to explain how I ended up going out to push myself this morning on my first 'serious' run back after so long being injured. I spent the majority of yesterday evening in tears after kinda cracking after hearing some pretty upsetting news from someone, getting yelled at by that same someone, then suddenly thinking about my dad after all that and just losing it. I guess my barriers broke down and it all just came out. I can only be cheerful 99.9999% of the time I'm afraid and I'm OK with losing it occasionally.

I'm the type of person who likes to push myself maybe a little harder than necessary, so naturally, after being told by the Physio on Monday that it would be OK to start building up my milage and that

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Eric Schranz

So I really struggled to choose an inspiration of the month this time around, which is why it's February 1st and I'm only just writing this. For the past few months I have been obsessively listening to Ultrarunnerpodcast which some of you may also know. Hosted by Eric Schranz, host and Editor-in-Cheif of the show, this is a series of hundreds and hundreds of interviews with inspiring ultra runners from all over the world, all with their own stories, advice and tips to tell. Trying to choose just one inspirational person from a list of so many that I've now heard from was impossible. For the simple reason that they all are. 

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Using Compression Socks

Hi guys!

So I just recently started back running after 4 months of injury (hip Tendinopathy) and am trying to take it slowly and gradually get back into things, although as any previously injured runner out there will tell you, theses always easier said than done. The first thing I noticed immediately after my first 5km back was that my calves were totally killing me! I finished the run feeling very tight in the muscles to I stretched and foam rolled them out but the next day, Lordy lord. I finished my maths lecture then held everyone up in the stairs because my calf muscles physically could not function down each step! It was the type of burn that's great because you know you did something, like you used to get when you first got into fitness but it took me out all that week because the lactic acid just wouldn't clear, no matter how much cherry juice I consumed!

What I realised, while I seem to have maintained all my aerobic fitness and quad/abdominal strength while cross training all that time, I forgot all about my calves and that they weren't getting trained at all. I may have done the occasional set of heel raises but that was pretty much it, so the muscle loss that area must have suffered over such a long break was huge, hence why they were paying now.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Sugarfree Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

This is a recipe I came up with yesterday so I'm still enjoying my batch (just). The feedback from family members was that they are very tasty but a little chewy. I've shortened the baking time and added little extra soya milk to improve this. YUMMY THOUGH!
If you want to go for truly sugar free you can just cut the date syrup from the ingredients, I just knew my sweet toothed mum would complain if there wasn't a teeny bit in there :)

This batch was wholemeal
Ingredients (serves 12) - 100kcal each