I have been there and might still be one more long term injury from being there again.
1) Get a diagnosis and a set of exercises to help.(I think you have done this already). Make a further appointment to discuss progress.
2) Do some other exercise that you can obtain the same sort of feelings from as running - cycling, swimming or rowing maybe where you can set some targets to get fitter, go further, go faster and remind yourself of the thrill of improvement and achievement.
3) Stop eating and drinking so much fucking shit and getting fat and making it hard for yourself.
Good luck - I would miss you if you stop.
Nevertheless despite what I say above for most of us there will come a time when we need to accept that we can't do what we could do any more so Pete is doing very well in that regard.
It's great when the shorter races start feeling less hard (and like you don't need much recovery), though I think there is a bit of a sacrifice of speed with the marathon training too; the people who claim marathon training make them PB at everything tend to be the ones who've never done consistent mileage before the marathon build-up, but otherwise it'll take some of the sharpness away.
Yes that makes sense and would match my recent experiences although I am really exaggerating the effect by not doing any fast stuff at all.
With about half a mile to go there is a little incline which Mr V will know from the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile race. It’s not really a hill but it’s enough at the end of a race to find you out. I pushed hard and my legs responded strongly, more grunting from beside me and then he was gone., how far I didn’t know. Down the steep hill the other side and then a flat half mile to the finish.
With about 0.4 miles to go there is a 180 degree corner and I could see him about 10 yards behind me and he was not running well, he was beaten and I found myself grinning and clenching my fist (I so hope he didn’t see me do that! ). Mile 6 6:10 and the scraps were about 1:10 for a 38:25 finishing time – 24 secs off my PB but a good effort that I didn’t really pace very well.
Mr 888 finished 11 secs behind me and Mr 1 second was about 2 minutes back so obviously wasn’t on form.
Chatting to Mr 888 afterwards he agreed that what probably happened is that whilst I spent 1.5 miles recovering from my first 2.5 miles he had expended a lot of energy to catch me and so when he did catch me I was actually in better shape.
I milled around the finish looking at all the people who finished ahead of me but at 48 a 40 year old could look pretty young to me so I was really unsure how old a number of the people ahead of me were.
Anyhow the results came out about 7pm tonight and I finished 10th and first V40 . I am genuinely excited about this. So the opposite of the 10k race I did in January where I raced for first V40 and lost, this time I raced and won. Chuffed.