All my symptoms and discomfort is actually just in my lower leg / foot area. To be honest with you I was actually relieved that all three people I saw were in agreement that the pain in my feet was referral pain - if they had all told me something different I think I would have cried and felt even more disheartened.
I'm off to get some new shoes today and see how I get on with a short gentle run. I did a lot of glute strengthening when I was battling my hip issue and will continue with that. Fingers crossed!
I am entered to run Brighton Marathon on 12th April. The first 5 weeks of training went well – I’ve suffered with hip/glute issues for 2 years but I really kept on top of the it: stretching, foam rolling, glute activation, checkups with the osteo. It was finally behaving! Then I started noticing my feet aching after long runs - longest run so far just under 12 miles last week Sunday 24th Jan. The ache would previously subside but not this time, woke up the next morning and the top of my foot ached, along the ball of the foot. The osteo looked at it and he didn't think it was an issue with the foot but actually referral pain from my lower leg - I have ALWAYS suffered from tight calves and run in the 2XU compression guard. Then he felt down the front of my lower leg, I believe the (anterior tib?) and I nearly kicked out it was soooo sore! So the increase in mileage had caused it to go tight and was now affecting my foot: he said it was ok to run so off I went to the club on the Tuesday. Well I have NEVER had to pull up on a run but my foot ached so much. I started crying and panicking it was game over for Brighton . I had a sports massage (ouch!!) on the Thursday and he also said he believed foot pain was an issue with my legs, so gave both of them a full going over which definitely helped.
For peace of mind this Monday I had my running analysed at The Drummond Clinic in Maidenhead (highly recommend if it’s local to you). I was put on the treadmill and ran first in my trainers which are the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 (men’s) and then barefoot, was filmed from behind and also from the side. Worryingly the ache came back and felt worse in my trainers then barefoot! I should say now that over the course of the last 1-1.5 years I have tried to change my running style to be more fore footed (I haven’t ever really heel striked). She immediately picked up on that and believed that it probably wasn’t the best idea to do this over long distances, especially if like me you suffer from weak / tight calves, because of how much extra stress forefoot running places on them. Note I not only have flat feet but also huge feet for a woman (I need a 10). Like the osteo and the sports masseuse she also believed the pain in my foot was referral from my tight anterior tib / calves, worsened by my running style, and she did some work on to ease it off. My current trainers are also no good - she went away and had a colleague look at my gait video and recommend some shoes. Interestingly in her email to me today she stated that her colleague actually believes a neutral shoe could be more beneficial for me. The trainers I wear at the moment are stability trainers and are limiting the pronation too much when I run. Whilst everyone thinks that pronation is a bad thing you actually need some pronation for shock absorption, especially when you run. Too much control is just as bad as not enough. On the back of this I have been recommended I go to a running shop and try any of the following, then I’ll see them at the clinic so they can assess too:
Asics: Pulse, Cumulus
Brooks: Defyance, Glycerin
Mizuno: Wave Ride
Saucony: Ride, Triumph
Has anyone had a similar issue like this? She’s given me some great exercises to do with a tennis ball to help ease of the tightness in my lower legs – they do already feel better and I have another sports massage this evening. I haven’t run since last week Tuesday (yes I am panicking about the marathon) but my rationale is that it is best to rest and fix now then have a full blown issue a week before the marathon. I apologise for the very long winded essay but I always think it’s hard to comment or give advice when you've only got half the information!
All you will get in response to this is people telling you what they have themselves. Chunky has given great advice- DC rainmaker gives reviews, comparisons and is unbiased. I have a: Garmin 310xt. It is big, chunky, old fashioned. It has great battery life, fast satellite lock and has only had one bad track in 8 months. Cheats as chips in Amazon, circa ??120 with chest strap. Hard to ignore given your budget. Avoid any of the 20 range as they are full of metrics that are worthless as the GPS chip is not very accurate.
Hi Gideon, can you clarify what you mean by the '20 range', which models are they? (Apologies if I sound stupid... )