I dont have an answer but Im having a similar niggle with one hip. Seems like a small pain just at the top of the tendon above the front of the thigh where it goes into the hip. I feel it in the morning when walking to the gym and its ther at the start of a run. As I settle into my rhythm it fades somewhat.
Im a week or so from the peak of my marathon prep before I start tapering. Im giving serious thought to cutting back early though.
Stretching helps but Im wary of trying to stretch your way out of an injury. As Ive aged I find that theres no substitute for rest. And maybe chowing down extra protein for a bit
Does anyone find the Mcmillan predictor accurate when taking 5k as the input and predicting marathon time? I read many people saying its too aggressive and suppose that it only works if you are 'well trained.'
See if you agree but this is what I infer from HADD training:
1) get your maximum heart rate and also your average heart rate when running 10ks and 15ks at 6 min/mile?
If the latter is much more than about 80%* of your maximum, you are asking for trouble and run a greater risk of hitting the wall before the end of the 26.2 miles.
my maxHR is 185 beats/min and the original HADD doccument gives me my 161 beats/min pace as the best possible marathon pace. Thats 87% and feels a bit ambitious to me - I reckon i need more long distance training before trying that. Im going with my 80% pace for my first marathon in about a month's time
i found the single biggest impetus for improvement was building a proper aerobic base. Specifically a lot of easy running at no more than 70% of max heart rate.
That at also showed me that trying to force oneself to run at too high a cadence too soon just doesn't work. You have to adapt solely or your running efficiency goes to hell.
I did find that running easy with heart rate as a focus gives you time to focus on stroke mechanics, running tall, understanding how to activate your core and So on. Once all that clicks I'm sure the running efficiency helps compensate for a less than elite vo2maX. That's a long way off though.