For a start, it’s not just runners, but us runners do have an acute awareness of when our hamstrings feel tight. And, it can be a strange and frustrating problem. It might just be a slight feeling of tightness or stiffness, or it can be more apparent and significantly effect our running action. In some this can considerably slow us down, make most runs uncomfortable and heighten the risks
Once a year we compete an a hundred mile relay; 18 legs, 6 runners, 3 legs each of about 5.5 miles on average.
It’s called the South Downs Way Relay. The route is off-road, very hilly and equates to 3 cross country races in a day with 2-3 hours rest between each.
It’s always a challenge to eat, re-hydrate, and generally get the body back into condition for the 2nd and especially the 3rd
Now that I am back tentatively running some miles barefoot, I thought I’d summarise the barefoot experiment so far.
Week 1 — Total miles – 7, barefoot miles – 2
Week 2 — Total miles – 14.2, barefoot miles – 1.5
Week 3 — Total miles – 27.4, barefoot miles – 1.2
Week 4 — Total miles – 38.8, barefoot miles – 1.2
If you visit or live in Sussex then we can now offer you a sports massage service in our new treatment room. You can have treatment for an existing injury or have preventative therapy that will help you keep running. For more info visit the Magic Hands Therapy site