Login Register

Chester Half Marathon: Training Diary

Robert Duckworth shares his experiences of his training schedule last week as he gears up for the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday

I’m into the penultimate week of my training now before the Chester Half Marathon and I’m still pushing hard to get ready for the big day.

I’ve only managed one run this week as I try to keep my injuries under control.

I’m focusing a lot on the cycling to keep my cardio work going and to help strengthen my legs without putting too much stress on my shins and knees.

To see if there was anything else I could do to work around my injuries before the race, I went to see a sports physiotherapist this week. This was really enlightening and I was given some good positive feedback to help with my injuries.

I had an ultrasound and it turns out that the pain I’ve been feeling on my left knee was due to some problems with my IT band running down the left side of my left leg.

The physiotherapist also said I had a weak hip, which I think could be due to me breaking my pelvis when I had my car accident, and I haven’t strengthened it enough since. This then causes horrific pain down the knee and causes fluid to build up, making it extremely painful to bend and obviously impacts my running.

I have been given lots of new strength and conditioning exercises to try at home and have rocktape on my injures to try and improve things. I also have to ice the injuries a lot.

I did venture out at the weekend to take part in the Huddersfield parkrun – a weekly 5km circuit at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield, which I took part in with my dad.

Even though I haven’t done as much running as I would like, I actually ran a new PB, completing the 19 minutes and 41 seconds, so I think the rock tape works!

My main aim is still to complete the half marathon and I’ll be delighted if I can do it. Not long to go now, so watch this space!


David Holmes
Chief News Reporter
David Norbury
Mike Fuller
Contact Us
Full contact details