I know what you mean HR and it's nothing I haven't thought of myself. My physio friend specialises in running and is a runner herself. I drove an hour from home to see her. I trust her more than any other fizz I've ever seen. She tells it like it is. More than anything I know myself deep-down it's not right.
My leg tightened significantly during my tester 5 miler yesterday whilst running @ MP. Sadly the right call on this occasion is to not run.
Its not the end of the world.. I'll get back and prepare for some mud-slinging in the cross countries. Then see if I can face another marathon build-up in the spring.
Morning all, decision made. Not running this Sunday.
Went and saw my physio friend last night who assessed the calf/leg and basically confirmed my fears. I have a small issue (could be a small tear or just swelling, can't tell without an ultrasound) right in the middle of the Gastrocnemius. It's right at the junction were the achilles tendon meets up with the muscle. I have felt it sore whilst self massaging and rollering.
She also thinks the numbness is caused by a neural issue as a result of the swelling in that area of the calf. This would account for the sensation I feel lower down and in the foot. She was also able to make my calf and hamstrings cramp at will by doing some flex testing around my glutes. So I am generally tight all down the leg.
She loosened everything off and the leg is generally fine but for this issue. I could run but its a massive risk and my mind is too focussed on this issue.
So, I have some work to do in order to get everything working as it should and obviously some down-time whilst this issue in the calf settles.
Where did it all go wrong?? A couple of sessions at the club and being selected for the road relays probably didn't help. Whilst I was in good shape my body hasn't raced enough in last couple of years to just expect it to turn up and breeze through some relatively quick races.
Right at the point where I felt I was going off the boil and needed some stimulus I should of stuck to the plan. Everything else went perfect and although I'm disappointed I'm pleased the way training went and I know I'm in good shape so will live to fight another day,
Abo looks too soon as a possible replacement (even if I could get a place) and I only just found out there is no Luton this year. So looks like a spring marathon if I do one at all.
My monthly stats are not note worthy posting here and seem to of been in vain anyway as my leg shows no signs of improvement. It looks increasingly like a DNS at Chester for me.
I spent the day traveling to and from the New Forest from Manchester visiting a very poorly relative yesterday which did the leg no good either. Perspective and all that.
I got my fitness back so I'm pleased about that.. would of been good to of had a nice reward at the end of the training but there will be others.. even though I talked about this being my last marathon due to the training commitment. Haha I'm sure I do that during every build-up.