Wow! Thank you all so much. Your advice and thoughts have really helped. I'm the first to admit that I'm rubbish at hydration generally - although I always have electrolyte drinks available whilst running/recovery..it's the rest of the time that I'm a confirmed tea drinker!
I guess I have a lot to learn about stretching/pilates/yoga although did a huge amount of physio for last years VLM. (Yes, I really was mad enough to go from crutches to marathon in 5 weeks .. aren't all runners slightly mad though?!)
Over the last 24 hours I have been doing lots of stretching and think there is an improvement...hmm..will continue and see what happens.
Dave, your suggestion of 'issue around your pelvis' is correct. I've had a lot of physio for v poor stability in this area but all is good now. Physio had me doing lots of glutes build up too and I had lots and lots of electrotherapy too. The ankle test proved interesting: both ankles are the same but can only do 8.5cm from the wall not the 10cm suggested. So, will work on this as achilles feel really tight doing this exercise and it's an area I haven't worked on before.
Thank you again guys..a ton of useful info to focus on and your input has helped with motivation too.
Did VLM last year despite being plagued with various injuries, worked hard, came off crutches 5 weeks before but still did it in 5hrs (not happy with time but at least I finished). Since then the same theme of continual injuries and very little consistent training. I'm sensible, stretch, work on muscle groups (core, glutes, etc) for strength and stability, don't overtrain, gait analysis, good shoes, not overweight, cardio v fit, cross train etc etc but still I pick up injuries regularly ... as soon as one has healed, I head out for a few runs and then get injured again.
Right hip flexor has seemed weak since VLM. No amount of work seems to change this. Recently got hamstring pull and adductor pull too I think. No idea how.. at least 3 weeks ago and no improvement. Only just got over ITB on opposite leg. Def seems to be one side then the other.
So, what am I doing wrong?
Very unhappy bunny as just been given VLM 2011 place & fundraising for Macmillan and worried I won't make the start line at this rate.
Sorry for delay..have now put up some photos I took during last week of Rutland Water's Hambleton Penninsula (the bit you have to go round twice for the marathon). Interested to know what others think...not of my photography skills (dire!) but the course itself. www.just1moremile.com
Ran the penninsula again today ... maybe it's just my inexperience but I'm really worried that I've picked a wrong'un! It's a hard run for me - although I did stop to take photos along the way - and it took me an hour .. the thought of doing it twice (as per route map) fills me with dread. I'll concentrate most of my training up there now with xtraining at the gym ... & lots of hill work. The final hill at 22 miles will be a killer. Great if you're an ultra runner but I entered coz it was on my doorstep & I'm stupidly enthusiastic and now I'm having more than a few second thoughts. For anyone interested, I hope to have the photos of today's run up on my website by tomorrow. (www.joannasayers.com)
Sarah & others: I'm not exaggerating about the scenery, it really is lovely...almost enough to take my mind off the undulating path! The paths are constantly changing - open views of Rutland Water, enclosed wooded areas, fern pathways, views across fields, views across to Edith Weston Boat Club, rabbits, lots of sheep. Long winding sections as well some good straights that are flatter and I could get my speed up a bit. Hambleton has some spectacularly lovely houses to gawp at along the way too! It's a nice little hamlet with a great pub/restaurant (The Finches) for family and friends and post race bevvy! But be warned: book a table ahead of time!! I'll try to take some photos of some of the paths/views etc. and will check out the rest of the route too - will post all on my blog http://www.joannasayers.com too.