Sunday, 28 July 2013


For the 5th year we did this intra club event. I had leg 3 again which is a smidge over 6 miles and a climb of over 1000 feet. It was warm and v humid and I lost pints in sweat on my way.
I felt good in the 1st mile or so but that evaporated with my sweat as I took a bad route choice after the hole in the wall and plunged into a forest of thick bracken. I must have lost 1-2 minutes and the next  2 miles were a struggle. I did recover my enthusiasm after hitting the water board road and quite enjoyed the run to Loch Turret.
Time was 53.16 which is slow and then I ran down to Crieff.
The whole race was a success in that most seemed to enjoy it.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Right 1st time

I had an ultrasound on my heel last week. It showed quite clearly that I have plantar fascitis.
I have the option of a steroid injection on Wed and not sure whether to have it or not.
Today I did 15 miles in the GO33 route north from Lochearnhead. The heel was a bit sore in the last 3 miles and sore now.
On the plus side that's 40+ miles in a week for the 2nd week.

Monday, 15 July 2013

A new running injury

Turns out it wasn't P.F. after all but something called fat pad atrophy. This happens when the fat pad under your heel thins and feels like you are running on bone, nice! Think it heals eventually but what to  do meantime?
I ended up with 32 munros in May. Some good days, some terrible and some great.
Since then I have been building things back up slowly and for the last 2 weeks have been wearing a hard plastic heel cup on the sore heel. Amazingly it helps. I did 42 miles last week and that included a 13 mile run. I still look like I've been shot in the foot when I get up but I'll take the current situation.
Probably foolishly I have entered the GO33. It only costs £17 and gives me something to aim for. I f it doesn't work out, so what.