PS – I don’t recall doing anything to the calf, I am putting it down to the stretches that I’ve never done before ! I put my compression guard on yesterday and this morning it feels so much better. I also went to the gym yesterday and gave it a good workout so maybe it’s not as bad as I first thought. Apart from the ITB, I generally recover from little niggles quite quickly but this calf issue has been hanging around for a while now so I thought it must have been quite bad, hopefully not. Chester is in October sometime so I think I would start my plan around the beginning of July so it would be a 12/14 week plan, rather than a 18 week plan that I have done previously which I don’t think I need that long anymore.
Rob – I have a mountain bike which I will go out on with Mrs C. These are generally nice and easy affairs along disused railway lines, canal tow paths etc. The road bike is a different beast altogether where I will put my head down and just go as fast as I can for as long as I can, there is absolutely no thought about having a plan for these sorts of rides. And it would be nice if I can build up my cycling strength to take on some of the larger climbs in the Peak District, we shall see.
So, I'm broken at the moment. The ITB doesn't feel too bad but now I've also done my calf in. Running is ok to start with but after a couple of miles it just tightens up and no amount of stretching to getting rid of it at the moment. I think a complete rest from running might be on the cards for a while, not that I'm doing a great deal at the moment anyway. The bike is already out and now the weather is getting better I intend to get out and about a lot more. Not ideal or what I really want but I can't think of any other option at the moment
Nick - I did originally plan to run the ramathon but due to ongoing injuries I don't think I will bother now. The pain in your ass may be caused by weak glutes or piriformas; you really need to take care of this area as weaknesses here are the major causes of running injuries. Lunges is a good one for this.
PS - what could be better than getting away from crowds of noisy people, other selfish runners, litter etc than being out in the hills, peace and quiet, beautiful scenery etc...it's a no brainer for me....
Continuing the injury trend I, too, knackered my ITB again at HM55. Went to the physio who told me that due to no stretching ever I am rather tight all over. My knees are also weak and out of alignment so my knee sticks out, starts rubbing against the ITB and results in friction and then pain. So, a program of stretches and my knee seems fine, so far. However, doing these stretches I appear to have pulled my calf which is rather painful when running. Struggling to get beyond 5 miles at the moment so looks like I will have to get the bike out.