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Foot Pain

Phillip Gibb  —  September 28, 2017 — Leave a comment

The journey has been downhill for the last few weeks after TMC, agggg. A callus had developed, albeit small, under the ball of my right foot. It was rather insignificant until I feared the worst after a tough up and down training run. Initially I though STRESS FRACTURE, then when the panic subsided and calm returned I realised that it was nothing more then a possible pinched nerve. The pinched nerve is most likely a symptom of my job that required a lot of sitting.

After a consultation at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa it was suggested that I adjust my sitting habits. Sitting all day with my feet pulled up was most likely the cause. So lets see what happens.

As Murphy’s Law would have it, I repeated that same run and  caused a different pain in the ball of my left foot. HA HA HA. So I have been resting a little and it seems to have abated. Let us hope that the Hout Bay Triple Trouble is just over a week will be A OK.


until then …


[Photo Credit: paulaltobelli]

This was going to be the race where I was going to apply all that I had learned about banting and ketosis. I got it wrong again. I do know where I went wrong, so next time there will be a few adjustments, that next time being the Hout Bay Triple Trouble.

The week before I ran the start and end parts of the race to get a feel for what the reverse route would be like. That was a truly eye opening experience because it was hard and because I suffered for a few days after that with DOMS; completely unexpected considering that I was accustomed to that kind of elevation gain. One thing was for sure was that I was not under any false illusions, or was I?

At registration I asked to be placed in A batch because I thought I has a shot a the vets podium, ha ha ha ha. Continue Reading…

Soooooo, taking all the lessons I had learned from my previous experience with the One Tonner, I bombed again. Again I tried to go without any carbs, again I go to a point where I just could not any more. Truth is, I used it as an excuse downgrade to the 30km, ha ha ha

Anyway, the Beast is a great run that is extremely difficult because of the technical terrain and the amount of elevation gain, I thing that Trevor from Energy Events is a sadist – lol, but it make for an epic challenge.

My strategy was to attempt to keep my Heart Rate down in the Aerobic zone which was near impossible because even walking up the steep inclines was already taxing. Maybe I can keep my HR down if I train more with that in mind. The MAF method is something that can teach you, over time, to run at faster and faster efforts while keeping the Heart Rate in the Aerobic zone. Up to now I had not even tried it out, so my body was not even ready for such an attempt.

Once again I ran without any carbs, in future the plan will be more balanced so that I can have a small portion in my system that I can use on demand when there is no way to stay aerobic.

There is a point in the race where you can slip down Platteklip and change from a 50km to a 30km, it is too bad that they have that because it became a easy decision for me to opt out. Arrrrg, but that in itself is another lesson.

Next up for me is the 2017 Table Mountain Challenge where I feel that I am better prepared physically and nutritionally. I plan to follow a more balance approach that I document once I have completed the experience.