Thanks for the advice. I went out for a short jog this morning to loosen up as I felt unusually tired and sluggish. I think a couple of weeks of light training (no speed work or long runs) will do the trick.
I read somewhere that it's a good idea to plan a "rebuilding phase" into your long-term training plan - basically take some time out after a big race to rebuild and recover. I've never done this before, but if it helps me avoid injury further down the line, I'm willing to give it a go.
I've had a few months of hard training, I've just done a race and I'm about to ramp up the mileage ahead of a marathon in the autumn, so now seems an appropriate time to get a bit of rest. What I'm still unsure of is how long a break I should take (I'm thinking a week otherwise I'll go stir crazy) and whether it's worthwhile doing a couple of easy runs during this time. (I really can't be bothered cross-training. Cycling and swimming don't do it for me!)
ITB syndrome can result from any activity that causes the leg to turn inward repeatedly. This can include wearing worn-out shoes, running downhill or on banked surfaces, running too many track workouts in the same direction, or simply running too many miles.
So, my question is, if I've picked up an ITB strain on my left leg, and I want to do a bit of light work on the track, should I run clockwise or anticlockwise? (In recent weeks, I've tended to run the half of my intervals anticlockwise and the second half clockwise).
Hi I'm seriously considering this for my first ever marathon. have the edinburgh half end of may and will give myself a couple of weeks 'Rest' then a 16 week training plan. Looks like a very scenic route for the most of it. Will probably be hijacking this thread for advice!
Go for it! The Loch Ness marathon is a fantastic event - very scenic, with some great support along the way and a great finish along the banks of the River Ness. A lot of it is quite flat, but be prepared for a few long, steep hills!