PG3 - thanks for the encouragement - I have been good and tried to copy a yoga woman on utube - the stretches are amazingly therapeutic - but are so time consuming - ultimately, mid contortion with a ham melting stretch on the phone goes for PPI, or my better half shouts for me to kill a molesting rat, or the post woman arrives with more running tech, better get back to it - stretching I mean, the rats are temporarily in retreat. No heroics at Portsmouth now - you just need that sub5!
Had a great day at Kirkstall yesterday, its mostly trail with a bit of road so I wouldn't recommend it for qualification. My Garmin 310xt broke a few weeks back, casing cracked where the strap connects; if you google it they are prone to that. Happily it was under warranty so I got a refurbished replacement, that actually looks brand new compared to what I sent them back. I was wearing it for the first time yesterday and forgot to switch it on until about a mile in, I estimate I did 5:15 prior to official results. It was a lovely well organised low key event; they continue staging marathons and halves today and tomorrow. I'm still being dogged by tightness and inflexibility ham/ITB which prevents me from perfectly free running, but so it was all last year too, I am my own worst enemy, must stretch more! Feel perfectly fine today - crazy.
TripleT - go out for a mid-distance run, don't push it, see how you feel afterwards, hopefully full of beans and ready to run more, you should be able to pick up your schedule without too much loss. What are you targeting for your longest training run towards the end of your programme? Don't be afraid to adjust and chop a week or two off the end to compensate for what you have just missed. The danger is being too eager to stay on the original intended schedule and stepping up the distances too much. Last year I just added 2 miles per week to my LSR and maxed out at 28 miles 3 weeks prior to Comrades.
Terry, thanks for going in to some detail on this... its quite often the case that you can selectively sift the Internet and convince yourself you have all kinds of maladies... I'd got so concerned at times that I stopped doing that... its good to find someone who can talk with real authority on the subject.
Terry, I have been seeing a physio for some time around symptoms like this, there are inconsistencies though, it can express as "a pain in the butt" but then at other times more of a broad tightness and "fizz" lower into the hamstring and ITB. Rest does not always improve it? In fact LSRs can have a vastly therapeutic effect. I should be more consistent with stretching and core! Have googled this a number of times and usually end up a that point with so many promising leads; provision of dollars to get to the rest of the programme! I do not think my symptoms are chronic, but never quite get rid of them 100%. Good to see that you are through, or very nearly through your issues.