Anti-inflammatories . Turns out a regular dose of oily fish isn't enough in these circumstances.
Well, I mentioned before Blackpool I have an injury , just didn't go into any detail.
I don't know yet, I do know it isn't my sciatic nerve. I've been carrying it for a while but it has been getting worse, and have reached the stage now where sitting down has actually become a really painful thing to do. Driving has been the worst, and driving home from Blackpool was even worse than driving home from Stratford-O-A the week before.
Does it affect me any other time?
It was hurting during the half in Blackpool, but that is the first time I've felt it whilst I've been running. Another reason I was surprised to get a PB.
What are the symptoms?
A cartoon family from Springfield .
Sorry, couldn't resist .
Tight muscles in my left buttock, pain in left hip, tightness in IT band and hamstrings of left leg, swelling around the join of hamstring / buttock, knee has become unstable, crunching horribly, pulling on calf and achilles tendon, and pain when sitting all the way down the back of my left leg .
What am I doing about it?
Well I've been to the doctor, I'm taking my tablets and I've been trying to get in to see the physio. Doctor was great - when I said about my marathon plans she just shrugged her shoulders and said "well you're going to be aching a bit more then aren't you?!"
And what am I doing up at this time of night?
What else but entering a race - The Snowdon Race - fast as you can to the top, fast as you dare back down!
Well she didn't say anything about having to stop .
If you want to come and join the fun - it is an awesome race, fantastic atmosphere, meal after included in your entry fee, you might get to be on tele (S4C), but more than anything else, it is different, it is special, and once you have done it, no-one will ever be able to take away from you the fact that you got out there, and you RAN to the roof of Wales, all the way to the highest point in Britain outside Scotland. Hey, if they go for independance, it will be the highest point in Britain .
For previous participants 200 places go up for grabs today. I missed out last year 'cause I wasn't quick enough. That's why I'm up so late now. Entries for everyone else open on March 15th. Those 400 places will go fast. If you want to do it, set your reminders now .
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