Ok thanks for the assistance and let me start from the beginning.
I upped my mileage considerably to cover illness and Christmas and the morning after a 19km long run I felt my right knee joint as stretching greatly "from behind" as well as around the knee cap. As the pain was defused I had no idea what exactly was causing this, I thought at first my hamstrings as I could clearly feel two vertical ligaments at the edge behind the kneecap. What I do know is that any twisting motion of the kneecap was extremely painful and felt like I could not "take it", although for that moment only. I could feel the kneecap mechanism being very "sticky" or "non oiled" for lack of a better word, as if it was swollen inside. This continued for the whole week. I believed at the time the fact that I was jogging the days before on steep inclines/descents using a slightly more minimalist platform than usual meant that a very slight right leg twisting motion throught the gait cycle might be the reason rather than any cumulative impact issue (I am a forefoot to mid foot stricker).
The physio told me they could see inflammation on the back of the knee joint and that I had an inflamed ACL. They asked me to do a couple of balancing exercises and stated that I had weak glutes, that this in turn led to a domino effect on my gait cycle and that my knee cap showed that it was slightly pointing out when doing squats and the like. My right ITB was also very stiff by the way but not my left side (bare in mind this is 1 week after the event).
I am training for the Paris Marathon, having run my 1st, the Athens Marathon, off the back of an injury Achilles tendon (thankfully nothing flared up).
I work in Sierra Leone and 2 weeks ago upped my mileage to catch up from a period of illness and the Christmas holidays. Needless to say I finished a 19.2km run with a painful right knee, not knowing what was causing it and thinking at 1st about my hamstrings. The physio back in London where I spent 4 days diagnosed an inflamed ACL.
I have not done anything except a bit of swimming for the last week, and am working on glutes which I was told was a weak point.
Does anyone know how to restart marathon training considering I have 2 months to get to the long distances? I still feel a soreness from time to time, but no pain and no outward sign of inflammation.
Apologies for the delay but I am currently in Sierra Leone (West Africa)!
I am 50 days from my 1st marathon -the Athens Marathon- and my right Achilles tendon became inflammed after an 8km run on near minimalist shoes (I have had problems with both over the last 18 months of transitioning to a forefoot style). When I discovered this the next day I iced and used paracetamol both in cream and tablet formats. As of today the swelling is down 85%, and I have no pain even after walking 10kms yesterday.
I have since decided to shift back to my normal heavy duties shoes, but I am very aware that I am nowhere near Marathon running distances, although of course the average rainy season 26-28c heat + 80%+ himidity here makes things tough on long runs.
I feel trapped between managing my Achilles tendon, the impending dry season here making long runs even more difficult, and my dream of running the actual marathon being of Greek origin.
My question is: is there a way I can train with a disregard for time, therefore taking it "easy" and preserving as much as possible my Achilles' tendon?