I've done this great race the last 3 years, and was really looking forward to it again this year. But woe is me! This year it doesn't go across the bay - it starts and finishes in Flookburgh (presumably going out halfway then back again, but that isn't clear). I know one year they had to do this due to the conditions, and I know there's a cost saving to the organisers (and probably therefore more money to the charity), but the big attraction of the event is that it crosses the bay, and goes from one county to another. I don't know what others think, but I would happily pay more in the future if it means restoring the 'Cross Bay' to its former glory.
For the last month I've noticed pain on the top of my big toe - on/around the loint between the end part of the toe and the next bit (I don't know the technical terms). It's mostly on the left foot but very slightly on the right too, and feels like bruising, but no swelling or discoloration.
The fact that it's both feet makes me a bit more concerned. Did a 10k on Saturday and definitely worse the next day. I have two theories : 1) It's since I started wearing some new trainers (though I didn't wear them for said 10k), 2) It's the first signs of arthritis.
If it is bursitis could take a while to get back to normal. I started getting hip soreness after my first marathon last October, then took a tumble on ice in January and landed smack bang on that hip. Queue weeks of severe pain and referral to physio - who diagnosed bursitis), advised not run at all. After about 3 months of physio, including ultrasound and twice daily stretches and ice (and secretly still jogging - against physio's advice) it got to be loads better, but still not 100% even 6 months on - still about 30 seconds/mile slower than I was
Best to get it checked out asap. Can take weeks or more to get a physio referral via doctor so the sooner the better really. In the meantime rest if you can, find some suitable stretches online and ice it regularly for about 15-20 minutes a couple of times a day. Take anti-inflammatories (they do help a bit) by all means, but ultimately it'll respond best to physio treatment and rest (which I know can be hard to do but you have to think long term).
I agree with the others too. Had my inguinal hernia repaired last May, and it blimmin, blimmin hurt for at least a couple of weeks. I went back to running too soon (3 weeks?), but on the up-side ran my first post-op 10k end of July and got 10k and 1/2M pbs in November. I can still feel it to this day though (somedays it feels like they left a scalpel in there!). But the OP's good (go for the general anaesthetic if poss!) and they give you a sack load of drugs to take home and you get a couple of weeks off work and people visit you with cake and ginger biscuits, so it's all good!
Well done everyone! It was great, wasn't it! (even though when my wife asked how it was at the finish I said 'It was horrible', and was on the brink of blubbing like a baby!). My first marathon at age 51, and just squeaked under 4.15. Was cruising at 1.57 at halfway, just about okay until mile 18, slowed a bit to mile 21 then absolutely fell apart when the constant undulations took their toll - I could barely move at the end and had to borrow my wife's walking stick (running injury) to get back to the hotel. You can't move for hills here in Plymouth, so I should have been better prepared. Next year I will be! And can I echo all the compliments to marshalls and volunteers who were fab!