Thanks Scott - alternating sounds like a sensible approach. I've found the calf raises to be more effective shoes off these last few days as my shoes are quite stuff in the medial. Am learning for the first time in years of running that strength work is the golden key for reversing /preventing injuries (it's working for me anyway! ????)
I have suffered with general calf stiffness for years - originally thought to be compartment syndrome but luckily I sought a second opinion and found that it was due to muscle imbalances and weakness.
I now have to build calf , glute and ankle strength whilst also mobilizing the feet and ankles. One thing I have realized with the foot exercises is that my big toes are unbelievably stiff and I can't bend the big toe underneath my foot even with my hands.
Obviously the toe exercises are done barefoot. Should the other exercises (squats, lunges, bridges, one legged squats and calf raises) be done barefoot or with shoes on? On one hand I feel as though the shoes will stabilize me more but on the other hand I'm thinking going barefoot for the strength work would help strengthen and flex my feet more. I just don't want to cause further damage hence the need for advice!
I am booked into a B&B near the finish (Beckhampton B&B), situated opposite a pub serving good pub grub - for the Friday night and the Sunday night as I can't think I will be wanting to drive afterwards. Calling around last night, most of the B&Bs are full, so if anyone was thinking of booking accommodation in the area, it would be a good idea to do it quickly.
First time doing this race and really looking forward to it! Not given myself that long to prepare but will have done a couple of trail marathons in the months before and a couple of B2Bs. I am relying on the fact that the race caters for walkers too so I can always start walking once my legs are reduced to jelly!