March round up

I’ve realised that I haven’t done a quick summary of my training in March, so here goes:


  • Total miles:  71.75 miles
  • Number of runs: 16
  • Races: 0


I’m still really struggling with my leg and getting pretty fed up about it 😦  I dropped the mileage down a bit to try and give it chance to heal, along with stretching and strength training, but just when I think I’m getting somewhere it gets bad again.

However, looking back, this is 12 more miles than last March, and 3 more runs – so I’ll try and take that as a positive.


Shock Absorber Sports Bra Review

Back at the beginning of the year I contacted Shock Absorber about three ultimate run bras that I had that all seemed to have developed faults – stitching coming away, shrinking, hooks coming out – and they asked me to return them to have a look.

It has taken a little sorting out but Shock Absorber have replaced all three bras and have sent me a fourth as it has taken rather a while to sort out.  I was really getting desperate for new bras hence why I was quite excited to open the box that arrived last week!


Three of the bra’s are Ultimate Run Bras – the one that I know supports well.  The fourth is the Active bra – another high impact one, so I thought it would be good to take the opportunity to try it out.  So today I wore this one for the first time – it seemed comfortable and supportive, so definitely an option.  I did find the fasteners on this one more difficult than the Ultimate Run bra though – maybe just what I am used to.

I love the bright colours of the bras – particularly the purple Ultimate Run one.  I have tried other sports bras but keep coming back to these as the best ones.  Getting them on and off can be a challenge!  My trick is to do up the top fastener, then put the bra on over your head, finally do up the lower fastener……..   reverse the process to get it off !

So after having some of these bras that I have had to send back, will I buy them again in the future?  Yes I will.  I still think that they offer the best support that I have found.  I do wish that they were a bit cheaper though!  My advice would be to keep an eye on the sales and try to buy them then rather than paying full price.


Timed mile club event

I’ve been nursing my leg since last week in the hope of sorting the niggles out.  I saw the physio straight away and had a top to toe massage – painful but fabulous!  As expected my ITB’s were tight, slightly more unexpected was that my inner thighs were also tight.  Lots of stretching is the way forward.  The worst bit?   The soles of my feet (plantar fascia?) wow!  That hurt.

The most I have done since my leg went is 6 miles on Tuesday with club.  I am still aware of tightness but seem to be managing it OK.

For only the second time I went to the Thursday night club session – it was a timed mile event.  The idea being that after a warm up run and some drills that we did a mile up a long hill.  Had a rest at the top (very much needed!) and ran the mile back down the hill – timed again.  I know that I’m not running at my fastest so I wasn’t sure how I’d get on……..

Official results are:

  • Uphill:  8.42
  • Downill:  6.42

I was pretty pleased with this – certainly the downhill !  I didn’t think that I was capable of under 7 mins (even downhill).

So now I need to build back up to longer distances as the North Lincs Half is getting ever closer.  Parkrun tomorrow and hopefully Hornsea 3rd Marathon (8.74 miles) on Sunday – if I can swap a place with someone.