The only London Parkrun I've done is Gunnersbury. I did it a couple of years ago when I was down on holiday. From what I remember the route was fairly flat and much of it was on the park paths. It was very friendly and only a couple of tube stops from the Premier Inn at Earls Court (get off at Acton Town) which made it easy for me!
Thanks Princess Leah for such detailed information. I definitely need to do more stretching. I go to Pilates and have found that painful afterwards but need to stretch more as I am tight in the Achilles, calf, hamstring! Glad to hear you've recovered, albeit from a long road and perseverance.
Just wondering if anyone's had a positive outcome with sesamoiditis?
I started feeling pain under my big toe joint at the end of March. Initially it was sore after a run and felt like I had a stone in my shine from then on which had me cutting runs short. Doc diagnosed osteoarthritis after a quick jiggle of the joint. Said there was nothing that could be done as it's wear and tear. Get some cushioned insoles and take it easy.
I the spoke with the osteopath that I see occasionally and she didn't think the joint was arthritic. She tested it with a tuning fork for stress fracture (but did point out that you rarely get a false positive, would be a very unscientific test) and it was fine. Had acupuncture which did seem to help ease it as by then I was experiencing pain all around the big toe and off I went on a walking holiday.
Walking felt relatively good - big, heavy soled boots with sorbathane insoles and although uncomfortable in the evenings it wasn't unbearable. Walked 10 miles a day on average in the Lakes (Wainwrights). Returned home, ran 5k on two consecutive days, the pain kicked in and lasted another two days before fading a little.
I decided to rest at that point and am now coming up to 3 weeks off. I saw the physio last week who has diagnosed Sesamoiditis as it's now a very specific sore point. I feel pain when I get up, it eases after a bit of time on my feet, and returns as the day progresses.
Last night I walked to the local pub, and from other short walks it appears about 10-15 mins in my limit before it gets sore. It'd driving me mad not being able to run. Hence wondering if anyone has had a positive outcome?
Currently using self massage and rolling with a frozen water bottle. Back to physiology next week to see how we're getting on.
Off to parkrun soon. The only good thing is that I can volunteer even more!