Back pain. Dull ache right lower back for 3 months now. Doesn't go away. Have been seeing a podiatrist on NHS. Tried heel raises but not solved problem. Now been told not to run until inflammation goes down. Pain only improves to a point then its just dull ache all the time. At desk all day with work. Hard to get comfortable.
In your opinion is it harmful to continuing running with lower back pain? Do you subscribe to the view that pain when walking = no running? (apologies for the use of short hand!)
I'm preparing for Stroud Half Marathon in October. I'm aiming for a time around 1.35 and am looking at nutrition to try to help me rediscover some form.
I've cut out chocolate from my diet (replacing with fruit) and reduced alcohol to near zero. I was wondering whether this strategy will help my times come down (on top of training of course) or whether, at my level, it won't really make much difference. ??I'm a slim build weighing around 10.5 stone, so luckily losing weight isn't an issue for me.
I would like your views on how best to get over a bad marathon. I ran VLM last year, had an awful race, finishing almost an hour below my target time, despite training well. It took me months before I could apply myself to run much more than a mile at a time. I wasn't really injured afterwards, I just felt like there was a mental barrier to overcome because of the negative experience I had of the race. How can I prevent significant post-marathon fall outs from happening again?
Ivy Mike - I'm in the same position as you, I sprained my ankle 6 weeks ago. It was devastating but I chose to pull out this year and defer my place. It's not ideal, but I tried to turn it into a positive and thought about all the training I can do over the rest of the year to improve my fitness come the race next year.