Hi fellow sufferers! Just want to let people know about a trial being run by St Barts at Mile End hospital for sufferers of Achilles tendinopathy. The researchers are actively looking for participants. I heard about it through my local running club and went along to the hospital today. I was given a thorough examination and detailed ultrasound scan and if I'm accepted onto the trial will be given an up-to-date exercise programme based on the latest research, regular monitoring and the possibility of being randomised onto two further treatments. The researchers are experts and I felt (after experiencing some pretty clueless private physiotherapists!) that they really knew their stuff. It's a great opportunity to get some excellent free advice and treatment and I wanted to make others aware. I have a photo of their leaflet with more details, but can't work out how to copy it here. Their email is: Achilles@bartshealth.nhs.uk and the lead researcher I saw is Dylan Morrisey. Cheers,
Yep. That was exactly my situation (though I'm miles slower than you!). I was 49 last year when I ran 3:58 at Brighton, so got the GFA time for a 50 year old woman for London this year. You're definitely in! Well done - brilliant time
I managed to hit my target (also first marathon) by doing similar to what FRF advises. In some ways it's easier training for a long distance like a marathon as it seems to be speed / hill sessions that aggravate the Achilles. I carried on with lots of long, slow miles, but tried to also do heel drops, massage, strengthening work (lunges, squats, etc) and had some acupuncture which seemed to help. I still have a stiff Achilles in the morning though, and this is over a year after it first cropped up - I think it's a long-term problem.
Also T-Rex (above) has a brilliantly helpful thread with loads of detail which he modestly hasn't referred to here. I would really recommend you check it out! The best thing about it for me was that I realised there was no real point in stopping running altogether, you just have to find ways to manage the injury...