I had a "dull" sort of pain a few inches below my kneecap round towards the inside of the shin on my left leg. It wasn't sore to press, but it was sore when putting weight on my left foot.
When I say "sore" it was way down the 1 to 10 scale. Probably the worst it got was about 3, so more "uncomfortable" than sore.
I'd convinced myself it was a stress fracture because it didn't feel muscular or anything like that. The GP was sure it was just a bit of muscle tissue damage (the muscles on the front of the shin "coming away" from the bone), which is the first step towards a stress fracture according to the google "research" I did. So, if I'd kept going with the same intensity, I'd have been risking a stress fracture.
Anti-inflammatory tablets from the doc seem to have already sorted it though. I'll not run for another few days though just to be sure I'm not going to aggravate it.
Mull of Kintyre HM www.mokrun.com (Unless something goes remarkably tits up, I will get a PB. My previous PB from 3 years ago is 1:54:xx after no training. I ran a comfortable 1:40:xx in training about 4 or 5 weeks ago).
Fraserburgh 10k https://sites.google.com/site/fraserburghrunning/ a couple of weeks later. It will be more difficult to hit a PB here because of the proximity to the HM and only about 12 weeks or so after taking 4 minutes off my previous 10k PB.
You seem a bit of a 'distance tart', by which I mean you do not focus on one distance (or terrain?). I quite enjoy doing different distances (terrains)... part of me says it stops me going stale and training on different surfaces helps prevent injury. But I cannot help but think it stops me from really good times.
But I think it is better to finish within the top xx% in terms of time or placing rather than going for a time... Having only a few fast flat local courses encourages this approach. That said I am proud of my pb's.....
Good luck in your races
ps was the Dr's diagnosis based on examination or x-ray (scan)?
I'm new to running (as in new to taking it "seriously") this year. I really enjoyed the 10k so that may turn out to be my focus, but there's a lack of local races here, so keeping things varied and going for marathons may keep me focussed on longer term goals. 10k racing on its own may lead to boredom as there are only 2 or 3 races local to me per year. Churning out full 12-16 training programmes just for one 10k race all the time may get a bit tedious.
I don't know - I'll see how the HM goes and then see how the marathon goes later in the year. I've got unfinished business with both distances after running them on shit training in the past and having not very good PBs...
The doc's diagnosis was based on just an examination. He was definitive that if there was any fracture, him pressing down on the bone would have hurt and I wouldn't be able to walk about comfortably. The quick working of the anti-inflammatory has me believing him.
Awesome - well done Andy! Winning a 10k (or any race) is way beyond me at the moment... maybe one day though
Fraserburgh 10k today - 42:01. Another PB
Off the back of not very good race prep too - about 4 weeks ago I had an injury scare which saw me pull back in the 2 weeks leading up to HM race, then the following 2 weeks my legs have been very tight so hardly any running. Sports massage on Thursday sorted the legs out though and managed to finish strong today after probably a slightly quick start. 1 slow mile in the middle but managed to pick it up for the last 2 miles.
Focus was going to shift to marathon training but just got asked to be best man at my mate's wedding the same day as Loch Ness Marathon. Think I'll stick with the shorter distances this year.
I did have a place at Loch Ness - I'm just not going to tell my mate I'm giving it up for his wedding!!!
I think everything that's happened over the past month has been good for my running career. I was starting to realise my marathon goal this year was going to put me under a lot of strain and I kind of wished I hadn't entered the marathon. The 4 easy weeks before the 10k definitely rested the legs for the 10k. Now I'm concentrating on shorter distances - marathon won't be in my plans for a co uple of years.
Meant to say, Andy - good effort on the 20 miler!!
Well Done on the PB Calum, got to love that feeling of beating your pb, keep it up.
Update of my training, up to around 30-40miles per week now, ran a 5k on a hilly course the other day in 19:39, not a pb but happy with the time considering the course.
Andy any advice on how to build up my weekly long run, currently on 11miles, trying to get it up to 15miles over the next few months just struggling to get that extra energy ar the moment to go the extra mile? cheers
another pretty sharp long run there Andy. is that time sharp due to some MP or threshold in the middle bolstering the pace or is it ran at consistent pace?
Thanks for the advice Andy, will try a few of your suggestions and hopefully i will be able to extend my long run over the next few weeks/months.
Got a quick course 5k coming up in mid July so hopefully my aim is to go sub 19min, ive done that once on a track but i dont count that, want to get under it on the road.
Cliff, just to echo what Andy's said - it really shouldn't be that difficult to add to the long miler. Just make sure you're going slow enough to handle the extra mile. My training from the start of the year went something like (this is just the weekend run):
6 miles, 7, 8, 9, 10, 8, 10, 8, 11, 8, 12, 8, 13, 10, 14, 10, 15, then tapered down again until the HM. I'd be confident I could go out and run 15 miles at 8 minute miles now and it wouldn't phase me. I think I might build back up over the next few weeks to a 15 miler every weekend like Andy's doing with his 20 miler and just get gradually quicker over that distance.
I'm at a bit of a weird place now - not sure what to do with training. I'm still going to run in a 17.5 mile local race that I entered last year. It took me about 2:40 last year off of almost no training. I'm hopeful I can go sub 2 hours (which would have got me second place last year!) this year (it's in August), but I'll be happy with anything close to 2 hours this year.
There are a couple of local 10k races over the next couple of months that I'll probably enter and then a local half marathon in Fraserburgh. My next "A" race isn't really until March next year - I'm targetting sub 40 at the Garioch 10k next March.
So, that ramble was basically to say I'm not sure how to structure my upcoming training without the focus of the marathon in September. My legs need a rest for a couple of weeks but I might try and throw in a couple of Parkruns over the summer - I don't have a 5k PB, I'd like to go sub 20 first time out.
interesting. i'm like you and run by effort and have noticed my long runs coming in around the same pace as you of late but I'm wondering whether that's actually a good idea.
I'm wondering whether forcing myself to slow the pace to 7.15 - 7.30 might benefit the speedier sessions i do each week due to less effort and better recovery. Any thoughts on that seems you've got some good times at 10k?
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