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Smashing Hathersage Hurtle through PMA & focused rehab

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Today, Saturday 18 May, was a pretty epic day all in all. Just 7 weeks ago, I sprained my ankle. It looked like an elephant club foot, so attractive! Having to pull out of the four inns ultra was crap. Facing weeks without being able to run wasn’t any better. Those of you who know me well will be well aware I’m determined and ‘strong willed’ (polite way of saying stubborn). I’ve used this as a positive over the last few weeks, with the hathersage hurtle as my immediate goal for rehab and oh my God, have I worked hard … Continue reading

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Fundamentally Speaking

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  In just about every sport I can think of, coaching is part of the improvement process for the participant, yet not so often in running. I suspect because it is so much more of an individual sport and everyone can run, can’t they? Well, therein lies the question, there is running… And there is running.  And I am not talking about who is the faster. There does appear to be one very common thread throughout what people talk about, with regard to Running Objectives. This occurs across the spectrum of running participation, regardless of time spent running on a … Continue reading

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The Lady With the Limp – 2017 Review by Dot Kesterton

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  2017 Annual Review. Dot (Nightingale) Kesterton. The year started as well as I could hope for. The arthroscopy on medial and lateral meniscus in early December seemed to be healing well. Mr Brown, surgeon, suggested I start gentle training after two months. I took his advice and used the first few months of the year to rebuild and strengthen muscles around the injured knee. it took a lot longer than I expected but by the end of the summer felt ready to enter my first race of the year, Dig Deep 10K trail race. The legs gave me the … Continue reading

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Sesamoid Street

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  Today’s Blog is brought to you by the letters ‘F’ and the number ‘Zero’. sesamoid noun: sesamoid bone a small independent bone or bony nodule developed in a tendon where it passes over an angular structure, typically in the hands and feet. The kneecap is a particularly large sesamoid bone. So, I’m into week 3 of injury and this time it’s something called my Sesamoid Bone/s which are an issue.  Until a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of these bones.  Didn’t even know that they were bones.  In fact, as fate would have it, I actually dealt with … Continue reading

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Hypothermia as a Lifestyle Choice

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  It’s November, the clocks have gone back, and now the temperature has truly plummeted for the first time this winter. Accordingly, it seemed appropriate to dig out this old blog post that drew a (relatively) reasonable amount of attention when I first posted it back in February over on fellmonkey.com, especially as it has been pointed out to me that is has popped up again on a couple of Facebook running groups in the last few days as a point of conversation. It has drawn sympathy, criticism, understanding and a few kind comments in equal measure and remains as … Continue reading

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33/56 – Spin

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There was good news on Tuesday evening when I had an assessment session with Pete down at the Accelerate Performance Centre. My recovery has progressed slightly ahead of schedule and there is a possibility of starting very light training again in two weeks, a fortnight earlier than we had first thought. By ‘very light’ we are talking an initial fifteen minute session, the middle five of which is a walking break. I’ll take it. I’m increasingly impressed with the development going on down at APC. The recently refurbished treatment room is looking great and the range of services continues to … Continue reading

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18/56 – In Hiding

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I wish I had better news, I really do. I don’t want to jump on here every few weeks and recount another tale of woe, another previously uncharted depth I have somehow managed to dive to in this broiling ocean of frustration and injury that is ‘Fellmonkey 2016’. So consider this post the bottom of that ocean, we’re standing on the floor, and from here on in we are only looking upwards and swimming for the surface. From here on in there will, can, be nothing but progress and upwards momentum. My knee had not really settled down. It was manageable, but … Continue reading

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Running and the Beyond, a Note for Beginners

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  Allow me to tell you a story. By way of introduction, it’s a story about me – if you’ll excuse the occasional drama – and a story about running. And you can be in it too, if you like. I’ll try to keep it brief, because there’s more to come on my new blog. There’s always more to come. We’re always beginning again. I’ll tell you the one about how I came to running, a few reasons why I run, and why I’m interested in coaching runners of all abilities. So I’ll start with hope, and hope to end … Continue reading

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From Sheffield to Chamonix – Part 2. Kneehab.

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Training was going well until the first week of August, where one bad foot plant in the middle of a brilliant session repping Win Hill set me back about four months. The knee problems that have plagued me since the win at Kielder came back to the fore, and it was a mad dash down to the Accelerate Performance Centre to see Pete Down and get an assessment. In twenty four hours I would be on a plane bound for Geneva and a connection to Chamonix for a training weekend in the very mountains I would be racing in at … Continue reading

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What doesn’t kill you…

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  Strength & Conditioning. It’s optional. But so is good form.  And who’s opting for bad form….? What is Strength & Conditioning? It’s the fundamentals.  It’s isolating the important elements that contribute to your overall performance and improving them step by step.  Therefore reducing the likelihood of injury. The trouble is, that for every new effort, every increase to the demand placed upon something that was lagging – there’s increased fatigue. And that’s where I’m at. Week by week, I’m introduced to something somewhere that complains at me.  Feet, Knees, Back, more Back, Hips, Glutes, Hamstrings and so on…. And … Continue reading

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