'fraid to say I'm having to skip the spring marathon this year. I succumbed to a most peculiar illness last July and spent the entire summer hobbling in pain with tendonits from my head to my toes - arms, shoulders, legs, back, feet..., even fingers were involved. The doctor couldnt understand it. I managed a Half in October (won my group) but it hurt. It's not all gone away but is much better so I've signed for the Inverness Half in March. If that goes well then I may still consider Edinburgh (if there's still space) as I'll still have 10weeks to up the miles and cover 4 or 5 long runs.
Deep is good. Breathing deeper means less breaths as it takes a step or two longer to fill your lung fully but you gain more O2 and tire more slowly . Steady breathing helps maintain steady relaxed running and therefore better pacing and finishing times. Counting steps helps. Each runner has to find the rhythm that works best for t hem.
I also have this problem - since July - and while running doesnt seem to make it worse, it does hurt all the time and I reach fatigue point much sooner than before. I have tried rest and it made no difference. I've tried massage using a spiky ball - tTHAT is very painful so I'm not keen to continue. I started with an osteopath yesterday and he found a number of other problems, particularly in my shoulders and upper back, and is hopeful that with some work in that area, the hamstrings will begin to relax and heal too. The only article I can find on the subject recommends ice and massage - both sort of difficult given the location of pain and the amount of muscle that is in the way of reaching these origin points.
I'd be interested to know if anyone has any other experiences.
Next one for me is Brussels 20km at the end of May. Its a 30,000 field so pretty big and quite a famous one, despite the odd distance. We have a number of our club doing it. I've done it before and its really great. A fine course, challenging in places with a tough 1600m uphill at the end, really good support, very well organised and finishing in a super spacious, grassy finish area.
After that - it'll be the Autumn - maybe Amsterdam or Dublin mara. I've done Dublin but never Amsterdam. I just fancy another flattish one to see if I can knock that 3hr30 on the head in cooler conditions. (no Dublin is not as flat as Amsterdam !!)
Hudrunner - you've caught the bug, congrulations. That's a fine time for your first marathon, especially given the conditions on the day and your short training period. You'll hammer out even faster times in the future. Where's your next one??