Monthly Archives: April 2013

London Marathon- Completed!!

I finally done it! I completed the London Marathon 2013 and I have to admit, i felt so proud and rough after crossing the finish line 6 hours 50 seconds later! (eek)

As expected, the atmosphere was awesome, so overwhelming! The crowds were handing out sweets all the way and i even saw someone handing out cheese sandwiches after mile 20… i was tempted!  St Johns Ambulance were everywhere offering help if needed and vaseline too, i even saw a fire engine and the firemen spraying their hose at all the runners!

I saw some pretty cool outfits too, batman, superman, cinderella and ginerbread man to name a few. A for effort for them! It was a sunny day!!

I was surprised to learn that i managed to jog all the way to just past mile 19 and i think i hit ‘The Wall’ then… i felt slightly nauseaus, wasn’t sure if it was hunger? My legs and feet were burning and i still had another 7 miles to go which was dreadful to think about. Saw my friend between 19 and 20 and they handed me a breakfast bar to boost energy levels! Felt a bit better after but still felt quite weak…

I took out my earphones to try get some motivation from the crowds and it helped alot but i found at times i would be the only one jogging and alot of people around me were still walking which was really de-motivating!

At this point (mile 20) the miles seemed to be getting longer and longer… all i was thinking about was finishing the race and going back to bed…!!

21…..22………………….23……………………24………………………………………..25………………………………………………………….

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…              …             ….800 metres to go!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a relief… the running club i usually attend every week in little stoke has a 400m track… i just thought to myself, yes i can do this, it’s only twice around the track!! my feet were really HEAVY…. it felt like i had bags of sand in my socks, my back was aching, my hands felt a bit sticky, my stomach was tense…. gosh.

…………………..400m to go!!

close to crawling, the longest 400m i’ve ever felt, i was in view of ‘FINISH‘ and sprinted the last 100m! Whoooooooosh!!!! And it was officially OVER!!!!!!

Everyone i passed congratualated me, i felt really good! they cut off my tag and put the medal over my neck. Still could not believe what i had just done! Never ever thought i would ever be an owner of a marathon medal!

My legs felt like jelly, i wanted to sit but i knew it would be difficult to get back up, i done some light stretching on the way to the ‘meet and greet’ and finally arrived back at the hotel, sat in a cold bath and then we opened a bottle of champagne in our room to celebrate, finished that and went to bed!

Crazy amounts of support from friends on facebook!

I arrived back in Bristol on Monday afternoon with a deep tissue massage session waiting at The Treatment Rooms located on Park Row. The woman was very good and knew exactly what she was doing to help me recover from the run. I still got a full body massage (£41.00) but she focused on the key points that were the most painful. thighs, lower back and shoulders. I fully recovered (walking with no pain) on Wednesday!

I raised just under £1400 for VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action) you can view my page here: www.virginmoneygiving.com/vavavoong

Amazing experience and would like to thank John for helping me overcome the issues i had with my knee and ankle and working with me to get me to the race without any niggles so THANK YOU!!!

10km in 50 mins #1 – Training with Physio

My name is Andrew and I am 38 year old Computer studies student. Every week for the last 6 years I’ve been playing 5-a-side. During the last 18 months a pain developed in my right knee. It would be sore and painful for a two or three days after a playing a match. To try and minimise the pain I had taken to wearing a knee brace whilst playing and also the day after the match. Because I’d usually recovered in time for the next match I neglected to seek treatment for this injury.

Earlier this year I decided to sign up for the Bristol 10k but knew I would struggle to train for it every week whilst still playing football because of this injury. I asked my friends if anyone knew any good physiotherapists and a friend recommended John as as she had had successful treatment with him.

I attended a session at the Moti running store on Whiteladies road. A series of tests undertaken during this session identified a weakness in my right leg. It was less able to resist force than my left leg. The left leg was also more flexible and had a greater range of movement.

I was then filmed running on a treadmill. The footage from this revealed that I was landing heavily on my heels and that my right leg crossed over slightly to the left as I ran.

A program was devised to eliminate my knee pain by treating these problems. As I spend a lot of time sat at a computer recommendations were made to improve my posture whilst sitting. I was also given a couple of back exercises to regularly perform. To improve my running gait and balance. I was told to run landing on my toes first, with my back straighter and to try and minimise the amount my head was bobbing up and down.

With the new running style I have been able to run long distances without feeling any knee pain. After the first few practise runs for the Bristol 10k my calves felt very sore. An indication that they were doing more of the work. The knee also feels stronger every time I play football. The pain I felt afterwards was reduced and my recovery time improved to full recovery within 24 hours. I no longer wear a knee brace and am hopeful that eventually it will completely subside.

Reviewing the progress we’ve made on the treadmill. The footage now shows that my weight is better distributed as I land, head is stiller as I run and my right leg doesn’t stray over to the left any more.

London marathon 2013

After experiencing what I thought was a sprained ankle I went to see John for a physio session, he worked out that my problem was from my back.
After just the first session my ankle already felt better. And he also suggested I change my work shoes, which definitely made a huge difference.

Thanks to John and his knowledge I am now more confident in completing the marathon. I will look forward to seeing him again after my run!