“I’ve been running seriously for about 12 years, since I was 32 and my wife was expecting our first daughter. I decided it was time to get fit and found I had a talent for running. Never having been given training, I just did what seemed right.
For 10 years, I competed in a serious number of races, from 5km Park Runs to 78km Ultra Marathons (Round the Rock). PBs are 35 mins for 10km and 2:45 for a marathon – usually puts me towards the sharp end of the race! I trained hard, but always running, I’ve never cross trained, used the gym or used different sports – it’s all time taken out of my running!
A couple of years back, I started experiencing some sharp pain in my groin that just seemed to get worse, regardless of my level of training, so I decided to seek help. I approached Jersey Sports and Spinal and was seen by Lisa Mann. Lisa was excellent, worked with me to assess the issue, build strength and try to fix the issue. However, I improved in strength, but the pain persisted. Rather than keeping going, we decided to seek medical advice. Turns out I had a Gilmore’s Groin and two hernias. Following surgery in May 2017, I got straight back to running and came 8th in the Jersey Marathon in October 2017.
However, things still didn’t feel quite right. I’m the wrong side of 40 and getting a few aches and pains, so I spoke to Nigel Mann about how I was feeling. He suggested I come to see David Lemasney to see if his Running Strength and Conditioning Course would be of benefit.
Having assessed my strength and pointing out a couple of tweaks to my running style, I started the course. Even after a few short weeks, I can certainly see and feel the difference in my running. The course concentrates on building core strength and all those muscles that support a runner, but don’t necessarily get a workout when just doing running training. Glutes, abs, calves… I’ve got to say, after the first couple of sessions, I was pretty sore, but I feel stronger and quicker that I’ve been in a while. I do a commute run into work every day and my latest runs have been as quick as those during the latter stages on my marathon training, so something is working! An hour a week is really making a difference.
I’m really happy to be using Jersey Sports & Spinal. The team are excellent and have the talent and expertise to assist with my assessment, recovery and ongoing development. I’m looking forward to the next course! Eliot Lincoln