Getting more than you bargained for…

I woke up this morning to my phone's usual angry buzzing, hit the snooze button as many times as I could get away with and then reluctantly rolled out of bed. There on my phone was a little white 1 in a red circle, resting quite happily on top of the little bird from my Twitter App. What might that be I wondered? A message from that Cat that tells jokes? A retweet from Jon the Pigeon?

I slurped a little tea and had a look. It wasn't cat or pigeon but @runblogger;

 

I read his blog and is it a little sad to admit that I was delighted?! Runblogger.com is one of the largest running blogs around and Runblogger – AKA Pete Larson – is an exercise physiologist who's even had an excellent book about running published. After taking a little bit of criticism for my blog this weekend it was great to see him complimenting the piece.

Pete is part of the reason this site has taken off, he gave me a foot up in the early days when for a long time a link on his blog was my largest referrer. Even today we've had well over double the normal traffic just from his article! So if you're aren't following him on Twitter, now is the time to do so and check out his book which is available to download on kindle or buy as an actual book!

And Pete if you are reading this, thank you, your blog and it's nice comments made my day!

 

Yesterday's run was one of my favourite of the year so far. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and I ran a hot 13.5 miles in 1:48:35. The scenery was so stunning I had to stop for photos and got a little more than I bargained for…I just wanted a photo of the light shimmering off the sea…imagine my surprise when I checked the photo after my run….

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Oops. Won't be framing that one!

This one on the other hand…

What's nice too is my 'rehab days' are starting to pay off. Since Brighton Marathon I've had some issues with my left knee. It's part ITB tightness, part patellofemoral pain. I've been spending at least one evening each week working quads (with single knee dips) and glutes (with sidelying abduction) then foam rollering ITB, hip flexors and calf muscles. It seems to have really paid off. Minimal discomfort on the run and no problems today.

Strength and conditioning has its benefits, and if you're running 4 or more times a week it's worth considering replacing a run each week with a rehab day or just adding it in if you have time. I'll close today's blog with another photo… Nothing rude in this one, I promise!

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Getting more than you bargained for…

  1. Great piece Tom, hope my blog has half the success and professionalism as yours.

    Good info re your S&C days, I wholly recommend 1 if not 2 Prehab strength and conditioning days a week if people can fit it in, but I note you state that single leg dips/squats are for your quads, no doubt they do work your quads but I always think of single leg squats more for your glutes especially if you keep the alignment and pelvis level, what do you think???

    Just playing devils advocate that’s all hahaha

    Cheers keep up the good work

    Adam
    Aka the sports Physio
    thesportsphysio.wordpress.com
    (shameless plug for my blog there sorry again)

    • Hey Adam,
      Thanks for your nice comments mate!
      You’re right about single leg dips, definitely will work glutes if you keep good limb and pelvic alignment. I also think of them as an eccentric quads exercise too. I use it more for control for me than anything else!
      Your blog looks like it’s taking off and doing well, the challenge is just keeping it going.
      Good luck with it
      Tom

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