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Comment by Chris on March 5, 2011 at 4:28am

That's great Helen. I can't say enough about the wonders Pilates has done for me and seems to do for most runners. 30 seconds is very good.  I have been attending an hour long class 2-3 times per week since last May. The longest we've ever held it in class is 2 minutes. I consider it necessary maintenance and preemptive strategy for reducing me knee issues which are caused by an over-striding left leg. I usually finish all my runs off with some kind of core work, foam rolling, side-line work now. The side line work has been the best medicine of all (hip stability). The whole plank-hold pursuit was born out of friendly competition I was having with a friend who is 62 yrs old and has a party trick where he holds a 6 minute plank on his elbows. He is always trying to get me to "eat like Jesus" whatever that means. He started planking as therapy for his shoulders. I decided it would be fun to practice long plank holds after all my runs. I had to alternate between high plank on my hands and low plank on my elbows, but that's 13 minutes straight-- no rests, no butts up in the air, just the longest/loudest song in my music collection.

Comment by hellen72 on March 5, 2011 at 3:37am
That's amazing chris well done. I can plank for about 30s!! Having knee probs at the mo. Physio says I need core work so have been doing a bit of plank.
How did u improve? Did u do every day several times a day? Did u have long rests between each effort or just one as long as poss
Comment by Chris on March 4, 2011 at 10:43am

Thanks, Oriana,

Deep down, I know resting it is right. I haven't had a full day in bed for years. I was getting really antsy last night...so I decided to channel my hyperactivity to attempt a personal best plank hold.

NAILED IT! 13 minutes, baby! (My previous record was 7 minutes).

This is very relevant to my running. After last year's chronic knee pain put such a damper on my year of racing, I decided to be religious about Pilates and strengthening my core and stabilizing my hips. I've come a LONG way. I could barely hold a plank for 2 minutes this time last year.

Comment by oriana on March 3, 2011 at 10:58am

Ahhhh, so sorry, Chris.  I sprained both of my ankles about a year ago and tried everything.  I resorted to ibuprofen which I detest taking any meds but a runner at heart gets desperate.  I ran anyway on drugs and it took twice as long to heal.  I even ran a marathon on them.  DUMB!  That is how I refuse to give up running.  I would not recommend what I did.  I truly believe the only thing to heal a sprain is to stay off of it until you can run without pain.  I didn't want to have to "start all over again" so I continued to run.  Too worried I would lose my love of runnning. I was miserable though and in so much pain.

Comment by Chris on March 3, 2011 at 2:16am

Anybody have a successful meal plan to nurse an ankle injury?

I went out for my long run yesterday and rolled my ankle bad. I had surgery on this ankle about 10 y.o. due to many soccer injuries. It's all puffed up and gnarley looking, which I'm accustomed to...but not on LFRV. I RICE'd it and took 4 ibuprofen. First 48 hours are key is what my physical therapist friend told me. I don't like taking ibuprofen, but...I'd love alternatives.


Comment by oriana on March 2, 2011 at 12:38pm

Run on Fruit we do have a Jambe Juice nearby.  I am thinking of making my last "supper" Friday night a Jamba drink after eating mono fruit in the day.  What do I order?  A Power Orange Juice?  I dont do the yogurty stuff, just pure fruit or juice.


I forgot to mention this 1/2 marathon is 6.5 miles uphill and the other half is back down.  I did it last year.  Hope I don't get black toenails this time! Last year I did it in just under 2 hours.  I beat my full marathon record this year running it in 4:00 so maybe I will do my 1/2 well too.

Comment by Joy on March 2, 2011 at 12:38pm

I do for sure... and I dont run nearly as much as you do!


Every time I get going, I get injured.  This time I've been taking it super easy, working with a coach, doing everything I can, and still wound up with something wrong with me.  I was super pissed yesterday and wound up saying sorry to the ladies i work with!


It sucks to have all the energy to keep going, but my legs hurt too much :(

Comment by oriana on March 2, 2011 at 12:34pm
Okay, today was the first day in about 3 months that I haven't run.  I am used to running minimum of 5 miles and up to 10 miles a day.  I don't know if anyone else who is an avid runner gets like this but I am all bent out of shape and irritable.  I almost bit my husband's head off for not allowing me time to get a run in and having to stay at school longer.  I got home and didn't feel like running and now I feel guilty and like I am going to blow up and get fat.  This is probably very disordered thinking but has anyone had this happen......getting irritable when you can't run?
Comment by Alex Wall-Clarke on March 2, 2011 at 8:13am
Oriana, i've got to say i've never found this a problem during runs but if it is then just stick to juice. No fiber = no #2. You'll probably find you have more energy this way and not to mention you'll be lighter. Good luck with the race!
Comment by Fruitman on March 1, 2011 at 10:20pm


Two words as an answer: water + monomeals.

Mono digest quicker than mixed food.

Keep hydrated and it will help the bowel movements. When you wake up drink at least a liter of water and that will result in #2 coming quickly. And obviously for the shorter, early runs skip the breakfast as any food matter getting in will push out whatever there was left in the intestines. For HM or marathon wake up very early so you can drink and eat breakfast at least 2h before.

And the wee thing should not worry you as the pro runners sometimes have the same "problem" but they just do it without stopping :)


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