I've recently run my first half marathon, and my first six months of running have been gloriously injury free. However, I've started having problems with my left leg which are very hard to describe but really causing a problem.
It feels very stiff and weak, on occasion buckling if it's the only thing supporting me, for example when going up stairs, or shaking when my weight is on it whilst stretching. When running, my gait starts out awkward as it loosens up but continues to ache up my shin, grabbing my calf, with dull soreness in my knee and back on my lower thigh. If I have to stop, at traffic lights, it's really tricky to get going again, and it's making me walk much slower for 24+ after just a 5/6 mile run.
Consequently, I've been missing out on my long runs and the longest I'm doing is 6 miles. I'm really chomping at the bit to get going again but apart from the soreness, I don't know if I'm damaging myself by running on it.
I had considered my trainers, which had done a bit over 500 miles, but they've been replaced. I waitress part time so have also wondered if long periods on my feet in rubbishy flat shoes are having an impact.
I've just arrived at my parent's house and looked at my pack - although I've got my chip there's no race number. I'd assumed it was all there but it's my first race/parents didn't know what they were looking for, so it's slipped pame and it's now too late to contact them - will I be able to get a replacement tomorrow morning?
Sadly not! We live in a lovely compact city, three quarters of a mile from Uni, the same from town, and half a mile from the supermarket. No car has its benefits (I walk several miles a day on top of running !)... but makes running clubs tricky.
Training for my first HM - Shakespeare Half in 9 weeks time. Just in from my first 12 mile training run - very proud of myself as we've an inch of snow up here in York with a few flakes still falling. Consequently, it was really really hard going and I'm not really up to doing much for the rest of the day!!
Hey JC - I really sympathise, I've been getting that of late too. I've been trying to improve my speed and find tempo runs and speed sessions really really hard work and struggle to find the motivation to do them. A short (5 miles) run in place of my long run last weekend and a confidence knocking experience with the uni running club earlier this week (got left for DUST!) didn't help. BUT - how great did it feel after your 10 mile? Of course your recovery run was hard going - I can barely run 10min/mile on mine but can keep up 8.50/mile a couple of days later! Also, look back at how far you've come. I don't know how fit you were to start with, but could you imagine running 10 miles when you started? If you told me even 6 months ago I'd run 17 miles of a weekend for fun I'd have thought you were bonkers. Keep at it!
Thanks all, this is really encouraging!! I do plan on joining a club properly... sometime... but I need to find one that's less than three miles or so away, or harden up and do a 6 mile jog there and back...