Frame Personalised: Running pains

Week 1 at Frame Personalised was a bit of an eye-opener. There were some positives about my performance, certainly. There’s a good foundation of fitness from which to crack on with my marathon training but my word, is there a long way yet to go. As I made my way back to the small but perfectly formed Frame enclave – tucked away under Shoreditch’s premiere gym-merch shop Sweaty Betty – my resolve was steeled and my spirit unbowed – “Let’s do this.”

Street signs in Hackney Wick mirroring my marathon mood

The focus this week was chiefly upon legs. “Leg day” is often dreaded in weight training circles, as the lower half of the body is shunned in favour of working the t-shirt filling mirror muscles. My goals are not aesthetic however (I swear, I swear). I’m in the business of being race-fit come April and Ross is well aware of this. Cue forward lunges with the bar upon my back, deep squats with more of the same. He implores me to be a little more cerebral with my lifting, focussing upon the muscle imbalances that emerge, with my right leg being the stronger. I didn’t think I’d be using half as much mental focus as I was, which comes as a nice surprise, given weight lifting stereotypes. Romanian deadlifts are up next, purposefully lowering the bar down towards the ground, one vertebrae at a time. Quite what this exercise says about Romanians, I’ll leave you to speculate.


Ross deftly responds to my remark that perhaps I could lift a little heavier. In light of my epic struggles the week previous (my words, not his) and the fact that I’m now running at least 3 times a week, his method behind the weight selection this week is we’re taking it a little easier. It’s a marathon, not a sprint after all. The service is clearly being tailored to really get what’s best for me.


Not that it feels like anyone has my best interests at heart when the core section swings back around again. And so soon! My core is central to proceedings come April though so it’s with gusto aplenty that I take on the gauntlet that Ross lays down. Crunches and v-sits and all things nice, I’m worked both hard but also in such a way that I’m not for one second bored. It’s akin to Diana’s quickie ass n abs in that as my heart rate soars, so does the burn. It’s all fun and games and I’m feeling pretty accomplished until the bar is brought back – we’ve seen quite enough of each other already. ‘Roll-outs’, perhaps unsurprisingly, involve methodically rolling the bar away from your core with your hands as far as you can, before labouring to bring yourself back to your upright starting position. On reflection, I’ve rarely worked my core this hard. The upshot of all this – together with the thrice weekly runs – is that I’m discovering the parameters of my body and you know what? I’m loving it. Just as I’m beginning to fade, I’m instructed to lie flat out, breath deep and with that, my recovery begins.

“WILD INSIDE”…in a fleece

I’d mentioned in passing that my post-run stretching routine had been a bit sub-par so Ross leaves plenty of time at the session’s end to show me the ropes. It transpires I have fine hamstring flexibility! I hate to boast but in this environment, I’ll take the compliments where I can get them. And just as well I did because as quickly as my hamstrings are being dubbed superhuman, the flexibility of my quadriceps is being mauled. Turns out I can’t even get my heel to reach my shapely derrière, which could well be behind the knee issues I’ve been suffering. A few minutes with a precariously positioned foam roller and my thigh muscles are really loosening up – Frame Personalised with a timely intervention. We agree that I’ll introduce a daily 10 minute stretching and foam roller routine into my tightly packed marathon schedule. It seems like a small concession to make to ensure that I’ll be raring to go on that London starting line come April.


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