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I feel like I am taking ages (too long) to recover

Posted: 16/02/2008 at 13:35


I had planned on going for a run today, but couldn't really.  I put my trainers on, stretched, and ran for about 20metres to see how it felt.  Maybe it is shin splints - in fact i think it is.

Again though, I think i should re-iterate that I really don't think it is my trainers - although I'm sure you guys are far more knowledgable than me.  These are my second pair, as I lost confidence in my first pair.  I went to a "proper" running shop, got my feet looked at, the guy felt around them, felt around my toes, asked me to walk, run, etc...  I tried on about 6 pairs of stability shoes before deciding.

I went for my longest run on Sunday - a 10K race.  I pushed it REALLY hard.  I was in bits for a few days afterwards, so maybe I'm still recovering (6 days later!).

The half marathon is in 2 weeks time.  

I feel like I am taking ages (too long) to recover

Posted: 15/02/2008 at 19:01

Thanks Julie.  Loads of people enter who do no training though don't they?  And probably a huge number can only run about a 4 or 5 miles?  I guess they'll be running/walking around.

Maybe it is shin splints as you say then.  It's hard to explain.  It's not consistent.  Quite often I run and it's fine, but I've just had it afterwards and only very recently.  

As I said, it's not consistent, and only happened about 2 weeks ago.  I'll monitor the pain/discomfort. 

I feel like I am taking ages (too long) to recover

Posted: 15/02/2008 at 18:44

Thanks guys for the replies.

I think I should clear it up a bit.  I'm not actually running that much to be honest.  The most I've ran is abuot 3 times a week, and the longest run being about 5.5 miles (not far I know!!).  Although sunday I did a 10K race, and I haven't run since.  So that's been about 5 or 6 days without running, just resting.  (I was a bit ill afterwards, plus my legs were a bit sore too). 

Daz the slug:

I'm sure my trainers are fine.  These are my second pair as my first pair I felt were a bit too big.  These are much much lighter.  I think they are stability trainers.  I went to the sweatshop, they watched me run up and down, walk, and they felt around my toes and feet.  I'm quite sure they're alright.


I started running around November/December time, but only when I felt like it.  E.g. sometimes twice a week, sometimes once, and sometimes never.  I really started trying around Janruary.  Again, things didn't go to plan.  I missed  a week due to illness, other things happened with work, so it's been a struggle trying to get training.  I would say I started running about 25 minutes per run, took a while to get up to 35 minutes every run.  With new trainers (and shorts!!!!!) I felt more confident and was able on one run to get up to 60 minutes and felt good.  I sometimes ice if I feel a bit of pain.


I've had shin splints before - AGES ago, however this is different.  I don't think it's as extreme - not as painful anyway.


I'm going to try and run either tonight or tomorrow, as I feel a bit more able to now as my legs feel more recovered.  I do feel like I'm getting enough (too much) rest.  

I'm stressing out SO much abuot this HM as I feel it's taking over and can't think about anything else.  I would love to be able to get round without stopping.  I know I could probably run for 6-7 miles at about 9ish/mile pace comfortable, so it's the last 6 miles I need to worry about.  The course is very flat.

I'll re-post here after my run on Saturday and let you know how it goes. 

I feel like I am taking ages (too long) to recover

Posted: 14/02/2008 at 22:13

I'm 23, fairly new to running.  I ran a 10K on Sunday which went well and I managed to do it in just under 56 minutes.  I have a half marathon in about 2 weeks so not much more time left to train.

I'm finding that my lower legs hurt a lot and take ages to recover after a longish run (say over 35 minutes).  It's normally from my shins down to around the ankle area, different parts in that area seem to hurt.  At the moment, even walking I can feel a bit of a twinge.

My trainers are great, so no problem there.  Would you recommend icing them or anything?

I'm trying to go to the gym in between runs (every 3 or 4 days).  At the gym I am doing low impact stuff, e.g. 15-20 minutes on the cross trainer, 15-20 minutes cycling, and some rowing.  Also a bit of weights and ab stuff to help with the core strength.

Couple of questions:

1) Any tips on recovering quicker - Ice maybe?  or what?

2) How much benefit do you think actually going to the gym and doing what I am doing is going to have before my HM in 2 weeks time?  I really would love to be able to get all the way round without stopping

3) Why do you think it's taking me so long to recover?  My friend is quite new to running but seems to not have half as many problems as me recovering.  I am slightly stockier than him, e.g. he is tall and atheletic, I am smaller and more muscular, but still not fat though.

Thanks everyone.

Did my first race today - 10K - have really bad stomach though!

Posted: 10/02/2008 at 19:12

I'm quite new to running, having been doing it for about 2 months. I normally run about 35 minutes, the most I've done is 60.

Today I did a 10K run in 55:30 which I think is quite good for a first run. Although it was extremely hard, I can't emphasise that enoguh. The first 5K I went very quick, slowed down a bit, and the last 3K was unbelievably hard.

Anyway, I quite often get a bit of a bad stomach after running. Although this time, it's a bit unbearable. I have really bad diahorrea as well. Just an insight into what I ate today:

morning - porridge
mid-morning (about 2.5 hours before run) - scrambled egg and toast, with tea.

I drank water, and before the race had some isotonic drinks (lucozade) to be exact.

Is there any reason for this extreme discomfort that my stomach is having?

Thanks everyone.

EDIT: I have searched other threads, and would like to add that, during and just after the run I feel fine.  I found that about 30 minutes after finishing is when it starts.  Thanks

First 10K on Sunday - how to prepare? Food/drink?

Posted: 08/02/2008 at 16:47
M.eldy wrote (see)
If you really have a stress fracture then I think you know the answer

Ice will not mend a fracture.

Day before,  normal eating routine will do food wise,  bit of pasta if you like
Morning of the race have you usual brekkie and the a banana just before hand or something similar
Make sure you are well hydrated the days before hand
You shouldt need to take anything with you for 10k,  but use what you would use in training

Thanks. I just don't really believe I have a stress fracture.  That's the problem.

I can walk without pain.  I only feel it every so often, like a twinge, when I am sitting down or something.  I've been to the gym about an hour ago to do some cycling and cross training - low impact stuff, and feel fine.

I'll continue with the icing and see what happends.

Appreciate the advice. 

First 10K on Sunday - how to prepare? Food/drink?

Posted: 08/02/2008 at 16:24


I have my first 10K on sunday.  Very very new to running.  I'm 23 and can just about run about 5-6 miles.  I've got pain in my lower legs (apparently it may be a stress fracture).  I've iced my legs last night and rested for about 6 days, and will ice them tonight and tomorrow as well. 

My questions are:

1) what should I eat the day before the run?  I heard that just carbs is bad, what examples are good for food?

2) What should I drink the day before?  I plan to drink isotonic drinks and lots of water.  According to another thread this is good?

3) In terms of my legs, it hurt when I ran a bit.  I know ideally I should rest, but I've planned this run for about a month and really want to do it, even it means having 2 weeks off afterwards.  Do you think I should ice my legs on the actual day of the run?  Say, 2-3 hours before I start it?

4) Anything else you recommend?  What to take with me, what else to do for preparation? 

Thanks people 

Please help - Painful/tender lower legs - just above ankle on inside of the leg

Posted: 07/02/2008 at 17:58

I went for a run last saturday, 3.5 miles, which I can normally do quite easily.  Apart from being quite a hard run, it was nothing special, and all went OK. 

Sunday, I thought I best have a rest day as I was still a bit tired from the day before, so I did weights instead.  

For the last few days I've been a bit sore, so didn't run.  I tried to run last night, and from my first step, I was in a bit of pain.  

The pain is on the inside of my leg, about 3-4 inches above the ankle.  I can feel it when I land badly, even when walking.  So if I step of a big curb onto the concreate my leg will hurt there.  It is on both legs.

My trainers are fine, and I've rested since Saturday basically.  I have my first 10K run on Sunday.  Please help, as I need to try to get over this injury.  what shall I do?  Shall I exercise in the gym on the bike or something, or ice it, take hot baths, or what?

Thanks everyone. 

Sore legs during and after run

Posted: 03/02/2008 at 21:13
swittle wrote (see)
redrabbit, most roads have a crown in the centre, so that water runs into the gutter and drains away; in the same way, many pavements slope away towards the road. so you can find you're running effectively with one leg shorter than the other and this can cause discomfort or pain. a quick solution is to run your routes in reverse, or cross the road at intervals. sounds strange but many runners refer to it.

tight calves are not at all unusual when starting running. you can do a good stretch on any flight of stairs: just balance securely on the balls of your feet and ease backwards until you feel mild discomfort; hold for 10 seconds if you can, then, after a day or so, up it to 15, then 20, 25, and finally 30 seconds.

a good one at work for calves is to cross your legs, then simply rotate your foot at the ankle: 10 times clockwise and 10 anticlockwise; next day, 12, then 14 and so forth,

and if you're tired & aching all over, a long soak with a good book and some bottled juice or water in a warm (but not hot) bath is hard to beat for sorting out pain. you can always keep the temperature up by adding more hot - but don't fall asleep or you'll ruin your book

Excellent post!  Thanks a lot for the explanation, it makes perfect sense about running in reverse and switching sides of the road.  I'll try it.  I was planning on a long run today, but I didn't go.  Instead I did some weights at home as my calves were still very sore. 

I have a 10K on Sunday, which is the furthest I've ran.  So I plan to do a long run on Tuesday (about 5 miles - that's long for me!!!), and then about 2 miles on thursday, and rest untl Sunday.

Thanks for the advice regarding the bath.  I do take baths, but will try using a book too, see if that helps!

Sore legs during and after run

Posted: 03/02/2008 at 00:15

Thanks guys.

Siance: I stretch very well before running, and normally feel raring to go.  I'll try to incorporate 5 minutes walk into my next run.  I'll try to monitor the pain over the next day or so.  My legs seem fine at the minute, just normal aches after the run, nothing bad.  The only bad thing is my calves, they are very stiff.  It feels quite hard to put my heel all the way on the floor, they are extremely tight.  I can't stretch them as it hurts.  This happened on my last big run (60 minutes).  

Swittle:  Thanks for the advice, I'll make sure I get enough rest days.  I'm just worried as I only have 4 weeks until the HM, and still struggling to do a very short distance compared to the 13 miles.   I try not to run a circular route.  I normally run on the pavement around my local area.  It is one big loop, and I can alter the distance quite easily.  What do you mean by road and pavement camber?

I am drinking lots.  I've stopped alcohol until after the run too.  

Because of the discomfort and sheer exhaustion I find it too difficult to stretch after the run.  Even after a bit of a rest.  I am fully aware this is probably quite bad.  HOpefully the 5 minute warm down will help me be able to stretch. 

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