Great report and you really did dig in didn't you? Congratulations on such a brave run, tiny. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you. It makes me laugh we both know HeOw somehow! The running community is indeed a small and lovely one.
Yes! Chip times are now up for Champs runners. Take a peek Lit and Jools. My official chip time is 2:58:55. Half way in 1:28:55, slight positive split with 1:30 second half. I don't feel quite so hard done by now
That's a brave effort, TAR! Well done for sticking it out. I hope you are niggle free?
Hello waycat. As a lifelong hobby jogger who came to competitive running later on in life (after all the babies basically), I was gutted to be benched with achilles injuries for a good year. It took a further year building back and the old injuries, with new compensation injuries, are always lurking there if I overlook form and strength work. A bit like the recovering alcoholic. During those wilderness years, I met Scott Jurek who told me that "injuries are our best teachers" and he was so right! I have learnt so much about my gait and reaction to surfaces. Everyone is different but understanding yourself and your form will help you get there, I promise.
For rehabbing, I found trails the best in terms of impact and proprioception (the latter really suffers after a period of inactivity). But trails also slow your legs down and so, when I could, I threw in some road work too which helped increase my cadence again. I now do a combination of both.
Treadmills I tend to avoid but will use if I have to, e.g. we were on holiday in Vietnam over Easter and it was far too hot and humid, plus I was in unfamiliar places, to run. The issue with them for prolonged periods is that the belt pulls from under you and mimics running downhill. Even if you raise the incline (which I do to 2%) it doesn't cancel out the effect. Anyway after a fortnight of this, my achilles were reacting again. I took a few days off when we returned and gently resumed running but I do have to monitor carefully.
If you know it didn't work for you I would be inclined to avoid them, for now. Are there any bike paths or tow paths perhaps you could try? And have you thought about seeing what it is about your gait that may be contributing to your injuries? I am glad you have not given up on it as you clearly love it. It is a way of life running