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Training for the London marathon without killing yourself Part One: The bit where you give up near the start.

February 12th, 2011 by Phil Brown

Over the next few weeks I shall be writing a series of articles especially for novice runners about training for the London marathon. These articles are based on my own experience working with clients at my Anglesey clinic. I have been motivated by a strong desire to make sure hopeful entrants - particularly those who are new to running or running marathons - are forewarned and thus I hope, forearmed about the nature of training for endurance running. Make no mistake, running for any length of time regularly will damage your body. Read on to see how - within the context of a well planned training programme - this damage can actually make you stronger and faster, rather than ending your marathon hopes entirely. The series begins on what may seem to many to be a negative note: the experience more than a few novices (and also those who should know better!) have had of pain, injury and fatigue calling a halt to all their good intentions. I have met people who are at this stage and whose lack of knowledge about the nature of training and of their own body has been the major contributing factor in their lack of progress. This does not need to be the case. as you will see, a little knowledge and some common sense will take you a long way.......even 26 miles and 385 yards!

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Wall Squat 101

June 7th, 2010 by Phil Brown

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How you work affects how you play….

May 18th, 2009 by Phil Brown

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In the wake of another London Marathon

April 30th, 2009 by Phil Brown

The clinic here on Anglesey was busy last week. I got to look at a lot of legs! Phone calls came in from various places in the locality as brave individuals from North Wales prepared to take themselves South to attempt a marathon. Most of the people I treated before last Sunday were attempting a marathon for the first time. Most of them were booking in for sports massage treatment at the last minute, to relieve aches and pains that had cropped up as a result of their training.

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It just went ping……I wasn’t doing anything with it, honest!

April 9th, 2009 by Phil Brown

I attend a large chain leisure facility in Bangor, North Wales. It has a spacious, very well equipped gym, with a decent enough area for using free weights - that is, weights that are not attached to a pulley machine of some kind. Using dumbells and barbells is my preference since my body is then challenged to control the movement using not just the muscles I am primarily trying to train, but also many other muscles that help to stabilise the joints and limbs as I move through the movements of an exercise.

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Core Stability for climbers. By Zac Laraman ISRM BASEM

February 27th, 2009 by Phil Brown

Here is the latest article Zac has written for Climber magazine on the wider subject of injury prevention and fitness for climbing. Zac gives an introduction to the group of muscles that have become known as the "core" and their importance in efficient and powerful climbing. Once again, I have provided the illustration work for the article.

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Introduction to climbing injuries by Zac Laraman ISRM BASEM

February 3rd, 2009 by Phil Brown

An article written by Zac Laraman, a sports injury specialist and masseur, for Climber magazine on the subject of climbing injuries. Zac is writing a regular series over the next few months and I am providing the illustrations for each piece.

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Tony Dobbie

January 27th, 2009 by Phil Brown

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Your part in your massage treatment

January 20th, 2009 by Phil Brown

An important part of a course of treatment at Phil Brown Massage does not take place on the massage couch at all, but in the time the patient has between massage treatments and onwards, after their main treatment has concluded. I frequently recommend exercises and stretches for the people I work with.

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What to do with an acute muscular injury

January 9th, 2009 by Phil Brown

When you strain or sprain a muscle or other soft tissue, there can be a high degree of pain and inflammation immediately following the injury. This will present itself as sharp pain and throbbing, swelling and redness around the injured area, which may also feel warm to the touch.

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