Butter nonsense: the rise of the cholesterol deniers

This is a well considered piece but not an opinion piece nor does it link to the science so by the end it’s not clear which is right. I’ve got a history of high cholesterol and one year ago I set out to reduce my LDLs from 7.8 – a dangerous level. My doctor strongly…

How to run an ultra marathon – Part 6: Do less of some things

The obvious thing here is diet. Have you changed yours? Not just on training days but generally. Think of the body not as muscles and joints but as systems, all working to keep you moving; the muscles produce a lot of toxins which need to be taken away by the circulatory and lymphatic systems to…

How to run an ultra marathon Part 5 – choose a good one

I’ve chosen 3. I’ll start with The Green Man. An acceptable 46km with relatively little height gain. So it makes sense to recce the route. This section is quite easy. One big hill in the first 5 miles then the rest is a cruise. A great time actually. Recommended. Apart from the unreliable buses at…

Touching the what?

For those that don’t know the story about 30 years ago a young chap called Joe broke his leg while coming down a mountain. His climbing buddy (Simon) heroically rescued him putting his own life in considerable danger. Things got so bad Simon had to cut the rope that joined them, plunging Joe to almost…

August’s recommendations

Always looking for things to improve my health, fitness and well-being. Thought I’d share my current favorites. Book – How not to Die by Michael Gregor. Brilliant read on the science of eating. Worth every penny. Podcast – Page 94. Strictly for the socialists but the current episode lifts the lid on the problems facing…

The good thing about being a physio

Is when you develop pain on a long ride you can say confidently what it is. However it doesn’t make you immune nor did it make the pain go away. Today I have enjoyed patella-femoral pain due to a tight quad on the left causing issues up long climbs. Also medial planter nerve compression due…

Injury of the week

This limped into my clinic yesterday. 60yr old male, sudden onset; breaking into a run – heard a pop. Immediate pain and swelling. It’s the right knee. Any guesses?

How to run an ultra marathon Part 4

Endurance. Now that you’ve increased your distance and that you’re confident your bones, joints and muscles will cope you need to test your legs, heart and lungs. Will they work at a good rate (40-60% VO2 max – or being out of breath but able to converse) for long enough. So run your max distance…

How to run an ultra marathon t’three

Get your distance up. You need to know how well your muscles, be bones, ligaments and especially tendons will cope with the milage. Muscles are pretty adaptable; they’ll complain and then ache for a few days but they’ll be ok. It’s the tendons; Achilles, hamstrings, patella tendons you need to worry about. Also by increasing…

Touching the void

Every now and then I get a fun job which reminds me that despite how busy I get as a physio I also love being a climbing instructor. This also helps motivate me; for one afternoon’s work I ran up and down the gorge 8 times, shunted up 60m ropes about 10 times and generally…