Currently unsure what the name of the muscle that is hurting is called... but I'll try and explain it and hopefully some of you kind people can give me a name and maybe some advice if you've had a similar issue...
It all started towards the end of the Manchester 10km run, the run itself wasn't too bad, too many people as usual so I spent a lot of time going around people, up and down curbs... (Which I think didn't help)...
After the race I had a dull ache, small pain at the back of my left leg (behind the knee kind of), once I got home, popped some ice on it and didn't think much of it.
It hurt a lot more the next day, with every step I felt it so I obviously didn't go running or do anything, as the days went on the pain went away it twinged a little when I stepped down curbs or basically when my left foot got a little light impact.
By the time it got to the following Tuesday (1 week, 2 days) it had gone, couldn't feel it. I had been speaking to the East Cheshire Harriers recently so went down to see what they were like (very nice people, club and route that they took me and my friend).
Ran for around 7 miles, mostly on trail so not too bad, about half way in the ache came back, by that point I was already half way out so I didn't stop, got back, iced and figured it just needed more rest.
1 week later, sensible... I didn't go out on it... Left it continued to rest....
1 week 3 days I cycled 10 miles to work and 10 back, slight twinge when I started but that was it... It was ok.
This Saturday's park run... (1 week 5 days of not running) I went down with a small rounded friend of mine (he needs the exercise and if I'm running with him I wont go off too fast)... We set off a nice steady 10 min per mile... only 200 meters and I could feel the ache coming back again so I stopped not wanting to aggravate it at all.
Next day wasn't too bad, no pain a little ache now and then... At present stepping down, over stepping seems to aggravate it but normal walking on flat surfaces seems ok.
Every stretch I can think of doesn't seem to stretch or pull at it... (Standing up and bending down to touch toes, sitting down doing similar... ) So really not 100% sure which muscle it is... or what I can do to speed up recovery other than not running and maybe sticking to bikes for a bit since that seemed to not aggravate it...
My first half marathon was[i] Saab[/i] Salomon [i]Rivington[/i] Trail Half-Marathon last year, May have miss interpreted the "Good for beginners" as being a good race to move from 10km to 13.1 miles however the rest of the Saab series are Marathon distance (Woops) so My first Half ended up having 900meters elevation over 13.1 miles to deal with... (Good practice for Hell Runner though which I felt better towards the end but Hell Runner was only 12 miles.
I finnished in 2 hours 15 minutes, in answer to Kinaseboy I don't think I went out too fast, my 10km pace is between 8 and 8:22 per mile I ran Rivington mostly between 9 and 10 minute miles so I thought that shouldn't have been too much of an issue, maybe I was wrong.
In answer too Cougie, I did quite a few longish runs before, 8, 9 10 milers dropped it back down to 8 the week before the half. My longest before the half was 10 miles and that is about the point I started to feel like my tank was running dry (possibility, it could be a mental thing).
Dr.Dan it could be possible that it was down to lack of oxygen / build up of lactic acid, it was a very very hilly route and though I had done some hill training I probably could have done more... which is one thing I need to start doing again soon
Shiny... Its amusing u mentioned Porridge with Fruit... I was in the shops today, been thinking about the porridge oats in the cupboard and really didn't fancy the bland taste... Ended up buying some dried fruit to chuck in it and honey... Grate Idea...
Well done on your first Half MissZB
Nice name BikerMouse (On the web I usually go by the name Mouse or MouseUK (Nick name at Uni was Mouse)...
Hope I didn't miss anything/one Thanks for the advice, gives me something to think about
My last Half that I ran I found by mile 10 I was running on empty... I probably could have taken more energy gels with me along route and maybe ate a better/bigger breakfast... but just woundering about the rest of you?
What do you eat/drink have:
1) 2 Days before? 2) Day before? 3) Night before? 4) Morning before the race? 5) Throughout the race? 6) After?
I couldn't tell you what I had 2 days before lol, Day before was work sandwhiches and probably too much coffee. Night before was Pasta and Chciken with some Veg (not too large a portion), Morning was Musile (low sugar version), Coffee, followed by glass of orange juice and a bannana but closer to the race. Thoughout the race was 1 energy drink, 1 bottle of water, 1 gel at about mile 9... (probably could have taken more, but was still quite new to them)... After... For Goodness shakes FTW