I had a lump for 9 months or so. I tried massaging it, calf drops, anti-inflammatories etc. After a while, given that it had stopped hurting and I could run fine, I forgot about it. Six months later the lump had gone!
I'm in my early 40's and have run on and off throughout my life....the odd half marathon etc. Two years ago I joined a local club (it's a social running club, there is no "coaching" etc.) and my running has improved to the extent that I have a 10k PB of 36.30 and 10m of 61.30 (on a hilly course).
I typically run 30-50 miles a week, a lot of which is probably at what people would refer to as a "junk mile pace". I do the odd bit of speedier running, typically 4 - 6 x 1200m efforts with 3 minutes in between once a fortnight or so but that's it with regards speed work. Those 1200m efforts tend to be at about 5.40/mile pace.
I think I have it in me to run a fair bit faster and be a lot more competitive (my dad was a very good runner in his day and mums family are fairly athletic) but am not sure how to go about it.
I would be interested to hear of others experiences and suggestions with regards this. I think I might have the potential to run sub 35 or possibly even sub 34 if I was training better......
I've had a lump on my achilles for 2 years now. I tried massaging it, ultrasound, resting it completely (10 week or so - so bored)and it didn't make any difference. So I just started running again and I still have the lump but it doesn't bother me. I suspect it is just a feature of my achilles now.
Heart rate monitors are notoriously unreliable. You can get on identical machines and have your heart rate different by up to 30% or more. It depends on so many factors including the amount of sweat on the sensors, the amount of sweat on you, the temperature, static in the machine etc.
I would recommend getting a chest strap for a start and also wearing cotton running tops (not as a rule as they soak up the sweat and rub but for the purposes of heart rates as the technical tops generate static which messes with the HR readings) to get a more consistent idea of your HR. Try to wear the same t-shirt too as it can different with different tops.
It sounds mad but I have been experimenting with this for years after becoming concerned about the recorded profile of my heart rate when running. I can also spike the HR on the watch by running past one particular electricity substation yet run past other identical looking one and nothing happens.