I assume everyone has experienced the same struggles I have
I ran Edinburgh Marathon in May and what kept me going through training from then forwards was the Great North Run. I however, did lapse in the period from May to September mainly due to an ongoing injury
A rather unexpected PB later during the GNR, I haven't quite got going again with the running or even gym work and am somehow REALLY struggling for motivation. Any on how I can rekindle the love for many long runs?
I've been going out once or twice a week managing a 10-12km run on a weekend and one or two 5km runs during the week at a very maximum. With the lack of running I seem to be losing my edge a bit as my HR is seeming to be consistently higher than normal during similar runs
I have been thinking since my earlier post about ITBS at Edinburgh Marathon about posting another topic but have only just got round to it
My problem of the ITBS way back in mid-June did eventually ease off. It's still not healed and as a result I'm booked in with an NHS Pediastrist to look at building up some insoles
It got me thinking though as there have been some new developments
Point 1: For the last month I have noticed my Plantar feeling a bit tight. In my previous message, I mentioned I had symptoms for Plantar Faciaitis way back in April. It seems to be a mild form of this that I am feeling. It's tight sometimes when walking around and when I start running it's tight only for it to ease off after a while
Point 2: The right knee ITBS isn't entirely gone away but is getting there. It comes back every now and then. I've done sprinting downhill and especially with my Patt Strap its near enough there
Point 3: I was on a training run yesterday and my ITB on the left leg started giving me the pains my right leg previous gave - a soreness, somewhat irritated feeling. Then the after-run pains set in of a dull ache all around the knee
Point 4: Since EMF I have been on two holidays and subsequently have put on about 3kg. I'm able to run but am become disullioned with it due to all these injuries that keep popping up
So, my analysis...
Point 1 has been caused by a lack of support in the trainer. Evident by being able to run Liverpool HM in an older pair of trainers
Point 2 is caused by Point 1. Looking way back, it all started around the same time and can be explained by possible inbalances to compensate injury
Point 3 is caused by Point 2. The inbalance caused a pressure on the left leg that was abnormal and so it would eventually give
Point 4 is caused by all of the above and subsequently causes a cycle of events of the heavier I am the more strain/stress goes on my legs hence Point 2 and Point 3 being made worse
Do you agree? Do you think the insoles will help? Any recommendations on corrective action on what seems like two legged ITBS?
Recently got back from doctors who has referred me to a specialist. When relaxed though she noticed there was a significant size difference between the bottom of my thigh muscle on the injured side and the none injured side. Whether this has been an ongoing thing and neither I nor my injury specialist picked up on it who knows
The doctor seemed to think the injury was definitely a tissue related injury and most likely a follow up to 'being a marathon runner' and not wanting to quit. So, in summary everything is on hold until the specialist appointment which probably won't be for another month
Steve, other things you could do to maintain fitness is spinning (it didn't cause any problem with my ITBS although some people I've read it does) and also swimming.
When buying some running shoes I was also told "If you can't go out and run the 20 miler, go and walk it as it doesn't matter what time you do it in, as long as your muscles get the mileage". While, it is better for training to run, walking 20 miles as opposed to sitting down doing nothing is much much better