Running Strong by Eliot Lincoln
"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
"I just want to say a big thank you to Nigel, David and the team for helping me with my injury so close to the running the London Marathon. With your help and advice I managed to complete the marathon injury free. I really did struggle in the heat on the day but am delighted to have finished in one piece! Thank You". Nicky Parker