This is my 9th half or up event but my first time on the Reading Course. Looking forward to the stadium finish. Didn't realise there were pacers so will look to sit in the 1.55 and hope I can keep it up for the 13 miles.
I recently upped my running distance from short to moderate distance, and since then, I've had some pain in my lower fibula where it joins the ankle.
I'm trying to assess whether I run through it, rest it up, or seek medical assistance with it, but I just can't decide how severe it is.
I'm guessing as I'm still walking that its unlikely to be a stress fracture, and it feels skeletal rather than ligament or tendon damage. Instead there's a dull pain when I run or walk down stairs, and the longer I do it for the worse the pain seems to get.
Apart from fractures, are there other common fibula running injuries that this could be? Where I have done some shorter runs, I've done RICE afterwards but that doesn't seem to have improved the condition.
I know that its difficult to diagnose through a forum, but I am trying to work out how serious pressure in my shins is likely to be.
Between 2006 and 2009 I regularly suffered from shin splints that I was unable to get rid of, regardless of how much RICE I applied to them.
In 2009 I snapped my leg and had to have reconstructive surgery on my ankle.
Its taken a while to get back to any kind of running form, but I can now comfortably run half marathons without ankle/leg/shin problems.
This week I ran two 10ks and since then I can feel a sort of pressure or ache in my lower left shin. Having had shin splints it doesn't feel like that, and it doesn't hurt. Having taken so long to return to running I don't want to ruin my momentum by taking time off to rest it, but equally, I don't want to compound a problem if there is one and spend even longer side lined.
Is a pressure in the shin something to worry about or can it be run through?
I ran regularly up until 2009 when a serious leg injury meant I was unable to run for 2 years. Since then I was blighted by shin, knee and ankle injuries until October 2012.
I finally seem to have overcome my injuries and am running a 2hr 10m half marathon. My aim for this year is to knock that down to 1hr 48m and over shorter distances (up to 3miles) I can now maintain that speed.
Other than simply upping the distance, are there any tips to increase speed up to 13.1 miles?