Marathon time

Ah – February. Marathon training schedules rule the roost. People counting miles, gradually building up the distance. Niggles appear, cold and flu rear their ugly heads, they get ignored, sometimes they disappear, but sometimes they grow more and more insistent. Occasional days get missed, sometimes a week but still the schedule grinds on. Some people, having not got on the bandwagon a month ago are now looking to start an “accelerated” marathon programme- get fit for 26 miles in less than 3 months. Yes. It’s February. Soon enough it will be March, the mornings are slowly getting brighter, runs will … Continue reading

Injury Focus – Sprained Ankle

Sprained ankles – the bane of the fellrunner, general annoyance, occasionally (and unnecessarily) the end of a running career. What happens? You run along minding your own business when all of a sudden you go over on your ankle. We’ve all done it – your foot inverts, pain blossoms at the junction of your ankle and your foot, normally on the outside, you scream, sometimes fall over, and then attempt to keep running on it. Sometimes you can keep running on it, but sometimes it is so bad that all you can do is hobble to the nearest road, call … Continue reading

CPD – review and preview

What is CPD? As you may or may not know, CPD stands for Continual Professional Development. It is a core principle of many professions, especially within the healthcare sphere. As a physio I am expected to keep my current levels of knowledge up to date, but also to continue diversifying my knowledge throughout my career. This can take the form of courses, reading, listening to podcasts, teaching, being involved with exams etc. The key is making sure that what I learn goes on to benefit my practice and the people I treat, and also- keeping a record of it all. … Continue reading

Worst day of the year?

I read something a while ago that January 17th is the worst day of the year. Now bear with me on this… it was based on a formula dreamt up by a mathematician (which doesn’t fill me with confidence) that took into account various parameters and variables. Whether or not January 17th is in fact the worst day of the year isn’t really the point – it might be the 22nd, or the 19th, or it might be at some other time depending on personal circumstances – however, I quite liked the reasoning – and it went a bit like … Continue reading

Ski season is coming!

Winter is coming. Ski season is imminent. If you don’t believe me, check out all the webcams from high up in the French and Italian Alps. Although there has been another long hot summer and a lot of the base snow melted, the white stuff is already falling, and there are hopes (as ever) of a decent amount of snowfall this side of Christmas, with the potential for another bumper year of skiing, boarding, and general slopeside fun. All this is great news, it means that a lot of people are getting excited about new skis, new boots, new clothes, … Continue reading

Falls vs walking. Risk/reward?

I had the same piano teacher since I was 7 until I was 18. She was already retired then. Until recently – as I approach my 40’s she was still stomping around the globe, going on holidays and generally enjoying life, and was the epitome of the active elder generation. Earlier this year I received news that on a recent winter cruise she unfortunately contracted pneumonia with diabetic complications. And this, in her mid-90’s. Luckily she had some excellent family support around her and was recovering well, her main preoccupation was to “escape the nursing home”. My dad was one … Continue reading