RR in '12 I'd been injured all of March (total mileage 17 miles), back on the horse April (Boston & Enigma marathons both 5h +) then May was Halstead and a 50k training run done on my own. Result - 50 mins faster than the year before (admittedly down is faster than up) when I'd done Compton. So.... fw that's worth.
Warren yes I hear from MarathonTalk you are doing OK
Ally - TBH I am a big fan of downhills and perhaps because I am a happy back of pack bod ... well isn't it normal to feel stiff for the 3 days after a marathon? I get that whether it's flat or downhill ! Won't hurt to do a few squats regardless. Unless you fall over and sprain an ankle, so don't do that...
Hi Shedboy, I did my long run for Malta 2 weeks out as like you my training had had hiccups, and I just took it as an excuse to train as I felt after that, ie pretty lightly. Worked out well this year (4:19:58 of which 5-6 mins was spent communing with Nature, so, not far off the 4:15 I had in mind).
If, after you are back well and running, you allow 7-10 days of "just bimbling" you'll probably find you feel OK after that. Honestly in a week or 2 there's very little fitness lost. If you spend the downtime doing core/strength work and stretching you might even feel stronger!
Great to see the FRCs in Malta, 3:24 wasn't it FRC Still looking to get that ladies team!
You say "honestly nothing happened" but something changed. It may not have anything to do with running, perhaps spill-over from a completely different area of life or even a completely different time. As you say your legs are fine, but your head (also a part of your body) is not performing.
All sorts of things can affect how the brain works: food; sleep; stress from work, family, friends; it can make connections you're not consciously aware of (e.g. it's common to feel sad and not know why until you remember it's the anniversary of when X died, for example). It can make habits (of thought as well as deed) you're not aware of ...
So you need to sit down and have a good old talk with Mr. Brain like it's a grumpy teenager and ask him why he thinks he's telling you running is horrid when it's the schizzle, and where did all this come from, hey? "I'm not cross with you but this has got to stop, you know...". Maybe Brain will confess that while you were out on a run it saw someone who looked like the horrid person who bullied you at school or a PE teacher. Or something.