Hello! I am still here but have been on very reluctant ‘rest’. I fear that this rest period may have been imposed by these babies….my ‘lovely’ new shoes.

My soleus is also still pretty tight but towards the end of my Wednesday night run both of my knees started hurting. Not on either side like I used to get before properly analysed shoes but right in the middle at the top of my knee cap.  I think that this points to cushioning issues and the new shoes use the Brooks DNA cushioning (a supposed advance).  I’m a bit confused to be honest. Could my knee issues be caused by the calves or is it the shoes or the increased mileage????????????


It’s totally cocked up my training this week. I didn’t cross train on Thursday and I didn’t run on Friday. I also didn’t  cross train again today. I did, however, spend most of the afternoon washing my car and cleaning the inside and if you’d seen the state of it you’d know that that was quite a physical job. I was feeling a bit despondent this morning but then remembered a conversation last night about the wonderful film Run Fat Boy Run and it reminded me of all the people who do the marathon on practically no preparation at all.  I’m sure I can still do this thing!

This time last year…..

I was a bundle of nerves as it was the night before my first ever fun run – the Corfe Castle Schools 5k Fun Run. I can’t believe that was only a year ago. It seems incredible now that running was only just finding it’s way into my life at that point and here I am now with a whole new hobby, a whole new lifestyle and the most incredible bunch of new friends…..all because of running.

I was laughing this afternoon as I cleaned out the car. That used to be the sort of job that was best done when no-one was looking due to all the crisp packets and chocolate wrappers….there was still the normal kids detritus in the back but in the front it was mainly old race numbers and all the race and fitness blurb that gets left on your windscreen at a race! How times have changed……….

I’ve decided….

that as my 3 day rest has definitely had a positive effect that I will attempt to do 12-14 miles tomorrow. The planned club run is 10-12 so I will go early and do 2-3 in preparation. If my knees and calf feel okay doing that then I will go out with everyone on the club run and see how I get on.  I will see if I can get a  physio appointment this week as I can’t really put that off any more. I will also contact the shop where I bought my shoes and see if I can get video analysis with them on to see if that highlights any issues.  Goodness knows what I will do if there is a problem. How the flip do you work out what shoes are right for you if the ones the experts told you to get aren’t?????


  1. Maria @ runningcupcake
    Feb 12, 2011

    I have no idea I am afraid! I think I was quite lucky with my shoes – I always found Nike ones the most comfy and found a fairly light pair. So I would say check with the shop and also the physio sounds like a good idea.
    Glad that the resting has made a positive effect. And also I am amazed that you have come this far in only a year! Fantastic 🙂

  2. AlisonM
    Feb 13, 2011

    Oh God, don’t even get me started on shoes. I have no idea! One thing that does occur to me though is that training for a first time marathon on hills might be too much strain? I know you’re used to the elevation, but with the increase in mileage as well, perhaps that’s what is causing these calf and knee problems? Most likely though it’s a mixture of things. I think to a certain extent you just have to expect to get a bit knackered during mara training…

    And OF COURSE you will run this thing! I know it doesn’t feel like this from inside your world right now, but as an outsider looking in Rose, you are a super fit runner, and doing all the right things in preparation. A few extra days of rest here and there are not going to effect your base fitness. And you still have plenty of time to put the longer training runs in. IMO you are doing the right thing being cautious about injury at this point. If you kept hammering yourself despite this, you’d end up mentally and physically knackered. Once you have the race in sight, then you can perhaps afford to push a bit more. But for now, just keep getting the miles in wherever you can. And enjoy it! 🙂

    ps — if your whether is as bad today as in Totnes then it’s going to be a wet one for you today!

  3. AlisonM
    Feb 13, 2011

    Oh, spelling fail. I meant “weather”

    More coffee please 😀

  4. rose
    Feb 13, 2011

    the weather was VERY bad! Which made it even worse when I had to walk back 🙁
    See my new post for the grim details 🙁