@ Gene: I know, they are horrible, aren't they? I've ordered some Zoot compression running tights, they are apparently the best ones (something about they are in possession of the only loom in the US that can produce fabric that really compresses), Skins compression tights look good too.
Thanks Lisa. I've since found out that this doctor is rather conservative in his approach and I've spoken with a doctor friend who runs and he reckons I should be fine running with a long light weight stocking until the procedure itself - hopefully it will just be a couple of resting months and I can get going again. I'm determined to do that half first though!
I nearly cried in the docs office today, he said I need the 'closure' vein treatment for my varicose veins and that I shouldn't be running. And that I won't be able to run for a year from the treatment.
Has anyone else been told this? I thought running is good for veins. I run with a compression stocking but he says up to the knee isn't enough, does anyone else run in a full leg stocking? How is that?
I'm training for a half in May and am doing great. So gutted.
Here's some advice I've heard and used: don't carb up the night before, eat low carb the day before a race (white bread, white pasta) stuff that will go straight through (if you want to carb up, do it the night before the night before). Also, take some night cold remedy the night before the race as it really settles your stomach for the morning, I take Tylenol PM, don't know what's available in the UK. Your mouth is a bit sticky in the morning but it really has worked for me. So far.