Sounds familiar to my first marathon preparation...the build up in mileage led to sharp knee pain...which turned out to be ITB (long muscle on the leg affecting the knee) which needed me to take more time to stretch and ice after long runs...it's perfectly normal when increasing mileage to beyond normal levels to feel more heavy legged and with the muscles experiencing DOMS (Delayed onset of muscle soreness)...foam rollers are a godsend for this in the gym...
Do take the rest when needed but stretch and icing helped after sessions when the soreness was intense this also coincided when I came to the time of my highest total weekly mileage...and eating eating enough food in recovery also helped at this point
Good luck to you both, if you're at 10 miles you will get through your first 1/2....
Thank you so much for the support and guidance.
I've been paying special attention to what I've been eating over the past week and have been listening to my body and resting. I completed a quick 4.5 mile run on Wednesday night (first proper run in 10 days) which seemend to go well, so fingers crossed, whatever it was, I'm starting to recover.
Good luck with your half marathon Christian.
Hi Laura, this is such a shame. It does sound perhaps that on top of your acute knee injury, your body was telling you that you were doing a bit too much by the 10 mile race? (This is going from your OP) It's so easily done. The main thing now, with two weeks left, is to get completely recovered - as you already seem to be doing.
There isn't anything magical that can happen in just two weeks to improve a race time, but you can have a much better race if you arrive at the start line completely refreshed. I'd consider lowering your training volume right down now, and trust that your repaired body will be 100% ready for the HM - and you'll enjoy it so much more on the day. You might even get a mini 'performance peak' after adequate rest, and run far better than you expected!
Keep us posted!
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