Damn Nerves and Tights: The Longest Mile

An Average Runner’s Journey to Become a Middle Distance Runner…

So I’ve decided to try and become a middle distance runner. After years of running below my potential, I finally want to see what this body of mine can do. Thank you for checking out the Longest Mile Blog! Any feedback is hugely appreciated 🙂

Damn Nerves – Sciatic Bother

Man, just as my training started getting on track, my sciatic nerve decided that it didn’t want to play ball anymore. I’ve been lucky enough never to have ‘nerve issues’ before. I must say, they’re incredibly frustrating. At first, it felt like a strain in my right calf, but then it moved to my hamstring, then my glute, and then along the length of my leg. A dull, fuzzy sensation with random muscular failure when I ran – now and then my leg would buckle – very strange. Pete, my awesome physio diagnosed it immediately: my piriformis muscle (a small muscle inside your pelvis) was impinging my sciatic nerve, that runs alongside it. All caused by, you guessed it, weak core! Is everything about core these days?

The good news is that I can still run, generally every other day, to allow the nerve to calm down in between runs. The treatment: lots of stretching and rolling of the piriformis, and strengthening of my core (abs, glutes, hip flexors). And I must say, I’m really enjoying it. It feels like a great opportunity to rebalance the weaknesses in my biomechanics.

I’m almost certainly going to miss my sub 17 5k target by the end of April, but at least I’m still running.

Running in Tights

Why tights in the title? Well, I’ve had a breakthrough:

A few weeks back, Millet Sports kindly sent me a pair of Asics Tights to try out. Now, I’m a short shorts man, I’ve never liked tights. I can’t stand feeling like my legs are restricted. I did warn Millet Sports that this was the case before they sent them, but they were certain I would feel different about these.

Several runs, and sessions later…and I’ve got to say that I like them. The best compliment I could give a pair of running tights is that I don’t notice that I am wearing them, and that is the case with the Asics. My legs are cool and comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I will never be convinced to abandon short shorts entirely, but on cold, lonely evenings, and for warm-ups before a session or race, I now completely get it. Converted. Thank you Asics and Millet Sports.

Coming up in the next few weeks, the first few races of the track season. Let’s see what running only 3-4 times a week will do to me. Get ready for the lactic burn…..


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Disclaimer: Millet Sport kindly sent the above two products for our review. We receive no remuneration for this and all opinions of the products are genuine and ours alone. If we didn’t like it, we wouldn’t review it 🙂