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Brief London Marathon 2010 update

Wheeee 🙂 I kept my NYE resolution and did beat my PB in the London marathon by 20 minutes and finished in 4.27.55. Unfortunately I did not reach my dream target of sub 4 hour marathon, I was on my way to do it and halfway through it was possible and it felt great but then injury set in, injured both ITB bands in my legs and continuing in speed was impossible. Maybe I’m not made for really long runs but have decided to try again, must run under 3.40 to qualify for Boston marathon.

Anyways had a really nice weekend, was joined by my partner in crime Anders who also ran in this years marathon, though a hell of a lot faster than me. Well done for getting me to the start in one piece and congrats to your brilliant marathon time.



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Running on medication, painkillers, vaccine or whilst sick


Ok this is a post I have realised I have to write, I have noticed many people end up on my blog by using the exact searches below;
“Can I take paracetamol during a marathon”
“Paracetamol marathon”
“Paracetamol and running”
“Marathon running and tamiflu”
“Tamiflu and running a marathon”
“Tamiflu and running”
“Ibuprofen running the marathon”
“Ibuprofen and running”
“Swine flu vaccine marathon”
“Swine flu vaccine and running”
“Painkillers running marathon”
“non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and running”
“NSAID and running”

Seriously guys do you really need to ask yourself this question???

If you are sick and/or in pain you should not run especially not a marathon. If you have a sports injury (or injury in general) you should RICE it R= Rest I= Ice C= Compression E= Elevation. Then you should not run until painfree again, if in severe pain seek professional medical help. Remember that painkillers just masks the pain and that they do not cure you. If your pain is chronic then you need to discuss running on medication with your doctor.

If you are sick, whether it is a cold, Swine flu, normal flu or stomach upset you should not run at all until you are well again. Running whilst being sick is dangerous and stupid. I do not recommend running with a hangover either although not all agree with me on this point.

And if you are not sick then you have absolutely no reason to take Tamiflu,unless you are in a risk group with a close family member ill in flu or Swine flu. My personal belief is that if you are not sick and take Tamiflu as a precaution then you are EXTREMELY SELFISH. There is not one single country that has enough stocks of Tamiflu to cover all their population, which means that if you take Tamiflu as a precaution there might not be enough if a pandemic breaks out and you are not immune just because you taken Tamiflu once. Secondly the more people that takes Tamiflu unecessary the quicker Swine flu will become resistant to the drug.

If you just had a vaccination against something it might be advisable not to run the same day otherwise it should not be dangerous. Although sometimes the vaccine itself make you ill with a mild mini version of the disease you were vaccinated against, not uncommon with flu vaccines. If this happens to you do not run until you feel better.

Lastly some people take painkillers like Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) like Ibuprofen or Paracetamol before a run believing that it might improve their performance or prevent sore and aching muscles. Studies on runners in a 160 km ultra marathon showed that there was NO difference at all in the performance or muscle damage and soreness between the group taking painkillers and the group not taking painkillers. The study also showed that the group that took the painkillers had an increased risk of getting Endotoxemia and inflamation. Other studies have shown that endurance runners taking NSAIDs had increased risk of getting hyponatraemia and renal failure. So do not take painkillers before running because they will not improve your performance or minimise damage and soreness and it can be life threatening. Yes some runners will moan at me for this advise but seriously if you run a long way you might get pain for two reasons;

1. You have run a hell of a long way and the pain is your body saying enough no more, often not a serious injury and will ease of once the race is over after rest.

2. Something is a bit more serious you either have a proper injury or your body might not be made for long runs.

There is no reason to take painkillers to prevent these pains as for reason number 1 it is much better to take the painkiller AFTER the race. For reason number 2 you should stop running straight away THEN take the painkiller and seek professional medical help to see if it is a serious injury or if you are not predisposed to long runs stick to shorter painfree runs. Again painkillers does not heal you they only mask the pain.


In Swedish
Folk har hamnat pĂ„ min blogg efter att ha sökt pĂ„ termer som “Springa med smĂ€rtstillande” “maraton och Ibuprofen” “springa maraton med Tamiflu” “Svininfluensa vaccin springa maraton”. Min tanke Ă€r seriöst behöver ni verkligen frĂ„ga sĂ„dan idiotiska saker?

Är man sjuk eller har ont sĂ„ ska man inte springa utan vila tills man blir bĂ€ttre och/eller smĂ€rtfri. Har man just blivit vaccinerad mot nĂ„got sĂ„ kan det vara bra att vila den dagen och om man blivit lite sjuk av vaccinationen, som man kan bli ibland, sĂ„ ska man vĂ€nta tills man blivit frisk igen.

Är du inte sjuk sĂ„ ska du inte ta Tamiflu, förutom om du Ă€r i en riskgrupp och en i din nĂ€rmsta familj blivit sjuk. Att Ă€ta Tamiflu utan att vara sjuk Ă€r sjĂ€lviskt inget land i vĂ€rlden har tillrĂ€ckligt med Tamiflu till alla sina invĂ„nare sĂ„ bryter en pandemi ut sĂ„ kommer fĂ€rre behövande fĂ„ Tamiflu. Att ha Ă€tit Tamiflu en gĂ„ng gör dig heller inte immun mot svininfluensan samt ju fler som Ă€ter det i onödan desto snabbare blir svininfluensan resistent mot Tamiflu.

Sedan tror en del löpare att man springer fortare och fÄr mindre ont efter ett lopp om man tar smÀrtstillande i förebyggande syfte innan lopp. Detta stÀmmer inte studier pÄ löpare med eller utan smÀrtstillande visade inte nÄgon skillnad i prestationen och/eller muskelskador/smÀrtor efter ett 160 km lopp. Men de som tagit smÀrtstillande hade ökad risk för att fÄ Endotoxemia och inflammation. Andra studier har visat pÄ att lÄngdistance löpare som tar smÀrtstillande innan ett lopp hade högre risk att fÄ hyponatremi och njursvikt. SÄ att ta smÀrtstillande innan ett lopp ger dig inga fördelar i loppet och med ÄterhÀmtning efter loppet utan kan istÀllet vara livsfarligt. TÀnk Àven pÄ att smÀrtstillande inte botar dig utan gömmer bara smÀrtan tillfÀlligt.


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Yes I am still here, have taken a little recovery brake the last few weeks. Tomorrow I am going to try to write about how my fundraising has gone and my next project: Berlin Marathon on the 20th of September together with Sötnos. On Monday I am going to put some pictures up from London marathon, so you can see I really did it 😉

So what have I done during my break well lots but nothing really, I had planned to relax a lot but that did not happen, I’ve been out with friends, catched up with Maciek who I have not seen for 3 years, clubbing with Elin and yesterday Onsites birthday party. I have been house sitting and cat sitting. But what really have kept me busy the last few weeks is work, our busiest time of the year has just started and we had a surprise staff change in the middle of this. Been to football as well West Ham vs Liverpool at Upton Park it was a nice day but unfortunately West Ham lost.

So how have I physically recovered, good I would say. I have not been out running yet though as my heels, feet and ankles have not felt completely ok. I don’t think it is something serious at the moment but if they don’t get to rest properly it might become serious.

In Swedish
Har haft mycket att göra sÄ har inte hunnit updatera eller vila sÄ mycket som jag tÀnkt. Har trÀffat vÀnner, kollat pÄ fotboll West Ham Vs Liverpool och jobbat vÀldigt mycket.
Ska updatera bloggen imorgon med hur min insamling har gÄtt samt nÀsta projekt: Berlin maraton den 20 september tillsammans med Sötnos.
PĂ„ mĂ„ndag sĂ„ ska jag försöka lĂ€gga upp bilder frĂ„n maran som bevis pĂ„ att jag verkligen gjorde det 😉

Fysiskt sÄ har jag typ ÄterhÀmtat mig, hÀlarna, fötterna och vristerna Àr inte helt ok, inget allvarligt men om jag inte skulle vila dem ordentligt sÄ kan det ju bli vÀrre.


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Marathon report

Yes I have recovered enough now 😉

I slept suprisingly well the night before the marathon and I was not nervous in the morning but I think the reason for this is I managed to fool myself. I told myself that I was just going to run a little bit longer practice run than normal and in a different place and all that mattered was that I ran until the end….guess it worked.

My main problem was that I never eat breakfast, I don’t like it, never have, if I eat before 12ish I feel ill and can’t stop eating for the rest of the day. But you cannot run 42km on an empty stomach, I prepared my breakfast already the day before, left over pasta from my lunch, and I really did try to eat it, I think I managed to eat about 10 pasta shapes before I had to give up. Seems I cannot eat breakfast no matter what’s at stake 😡

We (me & none runner Anders) had planned our route to the start the day before and it went fairly smooth to get to Greenwich.

I started at the Red start and it took about 30 minutes before I got across the start, luckily your time does not start until the chip on your shoe crosses the start line so there was no need to worry about the time.

The start went well and the first 10 km passed easily but then my right ankle started hurting with every step but it did not feel like a serious injury rather just annoying so I ignored it. The atmosphere along the course was fantastic, there were peolpe cheering you on everywhere, shouting your name. Steelbands and drummers, samba bands, orchestras and DJs played as well, there even were belly dancers entertaining you as you ran along.

I could hear everyone that shouted my name but it was really difficult to spot people in the crowd but I did see some of you. Jossan & Paul I heard you guys but I could not see you because where you were I was just in too much pain to focus on trying to spot people.

It was not until about 20 km when it starrted to get hard but up to 30 km it was not difficult anyway because the cheering of the crowd keeps you going. At 30 km it started to get harder but this is where I saw Lepras cheering station, I ran past pointing at them but they did not see that but Liz and Anders I heard you loud and clear when you finally spotted me. The see and hear them really gave me a boost.

Next 5 km was hard but on reaching 35 km OH MY GOD THE PAIN. My legs got really heavy and painful, my ankle hurt even more and the other ankle started hurting as well, if there had been none watching I’m not sure I would have been able to continue, luckily with the crowd watching and screaming “Eva you can do it” I had to do it. I slowed down a bit and drank a bit of water and took my fourth carbohydrate gel (from my Sweded pocket). The last bit was not my fastest but I continued in great pain and got across the finishing line in 4.47.54.

4.47.54 was not the time I had aimed for, ideally I wanted to finish somewhere between 4 and 4.30 but I am happy anyway, it was impossible to run faster in the beginning as there are just too many people in the way on the track. Also since it was my first marathon I am happy just to have finished it. But most importantly I finished the marathon before the 4 Rhinos, 4 Donkeys and 3 Wombles.

After crossing the line every step was painful, knees and ankles were really sore, my thigh muscles were rock hard and kept cramping up but so happy to have done it 🙂
It took a long time to get home because there were just people everywhere. We stopped by Subway on our way home to by sandwiches.

As we got home I noticed that the sun had burnt my face a bit causing a bit of sunstroke headache and my hair was just a salty and messy lump, so I washed it and cut the hair. After this we went to a restaruant with Anders family and ate steak and chips as this is what I really wanted to eat 😀

So was it worth it?

Absolutely, now three days later my joints are fine and only my thighs are sore. Call me foolish but I am already entered into next years London marathon and Berlins marathon in Spetember, have to improve my time you see 😀

In Swedish
Nu har jag ÄterhÀmtat mig nog för att skriva.
Jag var inte alls nervös dagen före och just före starten, jag lÄtsades att det var en lÀngre trÀningsrunda Àn vanligt bara och det fungerade. Var lite orolig eftersom jag som vanligt inte lyckades Àta frukost men jag orkade ju med maran ÀndÄ.

Anders följde mig till starten, men sÄg mig inte springa över startlinjen det tog ca en halvtimme innan jag kom över startlinjen och dÄ hade han gÄtt i tron att han missat mig.
De första 10 km gick lÀtt men sen fik jag ont i höger fotvrist, irriterande men inte allvarligt. det var hÀrlig stÀmning lÀngs hela rutten med musik och underhÄllning och massor som skrek och hejade pÄ oss.

Vid 20 km sÄ började det bli lite jobbigare men med stÀmningen sÄ gick det iallafall, vid 30 km blev det tungt men dÄ hörde jag Liz frÄn Lepra och Anders ropa pÄ mig vid hejar station pÄ mile 19. Detta gav en lite boost. Riktiga pÀrsen kom vid 35 km, varje steg gjorde dÄ ont. Men jag saktade ner tempot lite, tog en fjÀrde Kolhydratsgele och drack lite vatten. Efter detta sÄ tog jag mig i mÄl.

SmĂ€rtan efterĂ„t Ă€r enorm varje steg gör ont men allt Ă€r blandat med glĂ€dje och lĂ€ttnad. BrĂ€nd ansiktet lite i solen som ledde till att jag hade ont i huvudet resten av kvĂ€llen och var tvungen att klippa hĂ„ret lite efterĂ„t eftersom det bara var en stor saltig tova. Vi firade efterĂ„t genom att Ă€ta kött och pommes, precis vad jag ville ha 😀

Nu tre dagar senare sĂ„ har jag bara ont i lĂ„ren kvar, mest nĂ€r jag gĂ„r nerför trappor. Kalla mig galen men jag har anmĂ€lt mig till nĂ€sta Ă„rs maraton och Berlins maraton nu i september 😀


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My Running Buddy, My Soul Mate

Today I am sad, very sad 😩
It was confirmed today that my Sötnos is not going to run the marathon with me. He had an MRI scan today that revealed a stress fracture in his heel, so crutches and rest is doctors order.

I think I’m more upset than he is, it is going to feel so empty running without him.

Idag Ă€r jag ledsen 😩
Min Sötnos kommer inte springa London maraton med mig. Han har en stress fraktur i hÀlen sÄ det Àr kryckor och vila som gÀller.

Jag kommer att sakna honom sÄÄÄ den 26te det kommer kÀnnas tomt, sÄ tomt.

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Todays running

Today I planned to run 10 km and I managed it against the odds.
I slept very bad dreaming nightmares and woke up with a sore back. I started running and despite the fact I did eat breakfast today (I normally don’t eat breakfast) I felt hungry, my ankles and knees started to hurt I got a bad stitch and felt my running was really slow.

I forced myself to continue and to my surprise even though everything felt shit I ran 10 km 3 minutes faster then last time 🙂

Sprang 10 km idag, det gick trots att allt kÀndes uselt, blev till och med 3 minuter snabbare Àn sist jag sprang 10 km.

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The heels are fine

Went to University College Hospital London today and was released 🙂 although they gave me an open appointment which means if the problems come back with in a year I can book an appointment.

I have had brilliant service from all of them and can’t thank them enough.

Went out running 5 km after work and considering that I was hungry, really tired and with a sore back and throat it went well, if I had felt great then I should have done better.

Sjukhus besök idag, det gick bra blev utskriven men med öppen tid om jag behöver komma tillbaka senare.

Sprang en kort 5 km runda idag det gick ok trots trött och hungrig med lite ont i ryggen och halsen.

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