I've just started running again after many years away. I was forced to give up when I was 19 (over 20 years ago) because of intense pain around my shins when running. I tried resting, running on grass, physio etc but no joy. A few years later I found out I had chronic exertion compartment syndrome with the only resolution being an operation. My GP didn't recommend it so I just gave up hope of running again.
I've often missed running, especially around London Marathon time, I just wished I could be there taking part, I've never run more than a half marathon (I 'specialised' at 800m with a PB of 1:56). A couple of weeks ago I just felt like running so done some research and found out about 'barefoot' running and the availabilty of shoes to promote it. I ordered some and they are great!
I ran 8.5 miles in 4 sessions during the first week at around 7:30 - 8:00 minute mile pace over a couple of miles, although I had to stop to walk / stretch a couple of times. And no pain in my shins, just pain everywhere else! It's hard work!
So here I am, starting again, running style all over the place, sweating like a good'un. We'll see what happens, I just need to remember I'm not 19 anymore!
I think your running pace sounds very impressive to me. I too have only run half marathons and am preparing for my first full marathon in December. I've been running for 10 years and never had injuries until a year ago when I had achilles problems. Now they feel on the mend. I too am stretching and testing what I can achieve. Best of luck with all you do.
Good luck tony. Just go easy on yourself.
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