Hi Michelle, well done on getting through your treatment . I finished chemo in August 2011 having jogged gently throughout and started running (and work) again 'properly' in Sept (no radio, thankfully). Did fine and was back up to 6-7 miles when I had further (cosmetic) surgery in Feb 2012. After this I had several months of calf problems but tbh looking back now I think it was just down to the old 'too much too soon'. Had to go right back to basics, slow down and reduce mileage, endless calf stretching and strengthening and some calf guards/compression socks. No problems since and I've just plodded through VLM. Chemo and radiotherapy take a huge toll, go easy on yourself and you will get there, slow down and enjoy your returning good health
I don't like the sweet sugary stuff either. I used High5 isotonic gels for VLM with no tummy issues, during (cold, winter) training a slice of malt loaf also went down a treat but on (warm, sunny) marathon day a couple of orange segments in the second half were heavenly.
My experience similar. Training went well, enjoyed my LSRs, then at the start of my taper slight strain to my ITB, then came down with a cold the week before. Knew my energy levels wouldn't be right but within the first couple of miles i just felt hot and knackered. My quads hurt more and more - nothing else - not even the hint of a blister. I put it down to running on roads when I usually run on trails but didn't expect it to hurt quite so much, so soon. I know I don't have the mileage behind me - I'm not particularly devastated - but I was intrigued by just how different an experience it was compared to any of my training runs.
I'm in, so is OH and a friend, both virtually non runners inspired by VLM which they both saw for the first time last week when they came to support me - don't know what we'll do with the kids mind you. Went to Paralympics last year and can't believe will actually be running in the Olympic Stadium - unreal