Sunday, 16 February 2014

Blowing the cobwebs away...

I've not been well lately, the bad guts that stopped my camp at the Stanes O'Stofast the other week has been grumbling on and had a bad resurgence of nastiness in the middle of last week that laid me low.

Thankfully it seems to have passed now so I took advantage of the good weather first thing this morning to go for my first proper off road run in may be 20 years. I used to love running when I was a young whipper snapper, but size 12/13 flat feet,  an operated on knee, knackered ankles and other things, not to mention suffering with ME/CFS for some time meant I thought I'd never manage to do any running again.

Not long before Christmas I tried to totally change how I run. I used to be what is known as a heel striker, and a heavy one at that in more ways than one. Current thinking is that this isn't good ergonomically, it wastes energy and shocks your legs and back un-necessarily and in my case aggravates a weird muscle condition I seem to have (exercise induced anterior compartment syndrome, which I also have in my forearms). Lots of running shoes have all sorts of fancy cushioning to deal with this along with different types of motion control to control and support the action of your feet. These fancy shoes haven't done anything to help my shin problems , but I found a study which suggested forefoot running is the non-surgical answer. It has been for me.

What has been a revelation and has lead to me being able to run 8km today with out any pain other than tired muscles has been mid foot/forefoot running. Rather than striding out, with a shortened stride and the foot landing under your hips you run more on you mid to forefoot. It has been fantastic. Using the couch to 5 k programme I started of running and walking all the while trying to control my gait to avoid heel striking and over striding. I never thought I'd get to running 5km with out walking with my health history, but now I've ran more than that numerous times; today's 8km off road being the longest. OK I'm no racing snake, but I'm out there and running which is a miracle as far as I'm concerned.

If you've been struggling with wanting to run, but been plagued with injuries I'd recommend both the Couch to 5 K programme and checking out YouTube videos on pose running, chi running or forefoot running,it's been a game changer for me. Due to having to watch my activity levels I'm not going too crazy, but 2 or 3 runs a week is a great boost to my health and confidence.

Anyway enough waffle. Here's a short video of my run today around Burwick and back to Scalloway while the sun lasted. Hope you enjoy the scenery...


In other news, I've made my first mayonnaise from our hens eggs...


And also some meringues to have with whipped cream, strawberries and raspberries, yum...






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