Malcs - my lower back is achey, hamstrings I don't really know as they are fine shuffling round the house; extremeties feel fine.
My foot things have tended to be extreme and sudden and short lived.
At VMLM 2014 [gosh, that makes it 3 consequetive marathons this has happened], I went to the start thinking I'd probably not last the first mile, but the pain went in the first 5 minutes. I couldn't really warm up because you can't make yourself do it 'til the gun gooes off!
What helps me generally is heat & motion. Aqua Jogging or a swish in the pool might help as you put your foot through many planes without too much energy expenditure?
My hotel's HQ called me to say their leisure centre is closed for refurbishment, but I will have passes to the Novotel on Fishergate a mile away for the pool, sauna, spa etc. There could be a small charge for guests, but I'm sure you guys could come.
I'm going up at lunchtime today. My sister, who lives halfway between the 2 hotels is having a dinner tonight for freinds staying the weekend, [sis is running the 10 this time], so I'll probably hit the sauna, then hers, early night, jog tomorrow, Tui Na, liedown in a darkened room, proceed to the start via shuttle bus in the usual denial, hurl myself down the road.....
Keep eating and let the adventure unfold......there's such a huge mental component I reckon I can always turn it into an additional catered long run and find a marathon at the end of the month or even hold out for Benidorm in November!
A prospect that will assist even the most resistant tendon in getting a grip.
Malcs I started carb loading today, and have got up to 482.86g with the help of poppadoms and those beet/apple PWR+ drinks [might as well nitrate load as well], & Cherry Active has also been guzzled.
I'm remembering that my last 2 marathons featured a mad foot injury that went right to the start line, and indeed into the first mile at VMLM, like a tendon in the wrong groove or something, mega painful even to stand on.
Have you tried immersing the foot in hot water with epsom or even Himalayan salt, anything really at this point....?
Hope you are able to come!
Sense I hope you get some answers soon. It's hard stuff.
Spitfire51 - I ran 3:54 here last year & if a miraculous improvement occurs [feeling better today but have binned the planned short run, so will find out on Saturday's bimble] - & no surprises on the day of course - was going for 3:50. ...may still target that as my fitness is there, however the bronze target is always sub 4.
parkrunfan - as soon as I saw Antrim I thought hang on!