I'm also running the Brighton Marathon (or hope to). I've got an ankle injury that has prevented me for running for the last 3 weeks and I've only managed 16.5 miles! However, in order not to let my fitness level drop, I've been swimming, cycling and doing as much non weight bearing exercise as I can. I too feel undertrained.
Sounds like you've trained pretty hard already, so you should definitely take it easier during the taper period . Only exercise if it causes you no pain.
I'm also doing Brighton, and have been getting tight calfs too. I was told recently that calfs are pretty hard to stretch and most people don't do them for long enough, we should aim for 10-15 mins calf stretching after runs or even longer (with breaks) if having problems. I also love my spikey massage ball for really getting into the calf muscles as I don;t find the foam roller works so well on them. A tennis or golf ball would probably also work.
Good luck with the next two weeks. Think it's better to get to strat line slightly under trained rather than injured so would reccommend rest.
How about a run / walk technique to get you round? I am recovering from hamstring injury which occured 2 weeks ago after running half a mile. my longest run was 2 and a half weeks ago and 17 miles. I feel as if my fitness is slipping away even whilst swimming and cycling. After so many months training it's awful not knowing if you'll even get to the start line. Ambitious times will have to wait for another time. Good luck. I did a mile walk run tuesday which was a mile stone. Long way to go but I'm determined.
I sympathise with you all. Suffering same myself trying to build up for triathlon. Swimming and cycling going fine but can only run about 20 mins before right calf gets really painful. Left sore too.
Have bought new running shoes and having sports massage but seems as though it is going to be a long job. Am trying to do more stretching but think it is because I may have built up too fast. I know there is 10% rule but just too impatient. Wish I hadn't cocked up my training.
Hope you manage your marathon
I do not know if it'll work on the day or not but it's either that or pull out. I do not walk fast cause that aggravates my injury. three more weeks left. I may deter but too determined at present. I have no big plan as yet. I do not know when to walk or for what period of time. time will tell. I would advise you to forget target times and reduce the pressure you are placing on yourself. There will be other races.
The pain in your heels is probably due to your achilies tendon which is being over stretched by your foreshortened calf muscules.
Proper deep muscle sports massage and self stretching, so much that it gets annoying, will help significantly.
There is plenty of info on calf and achillies stretching via the wonderful google.
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