Posted: 16/05/2015 at 07:45
Steve - Seems like you've had some good advice already but I'll give you a semi-physio angle seeing as I'm 3 weeks away from qualifying. It certainly doesn't affect everyone but one of the issues with road running on mostly flat surfaces is that the same muscles get worked continuously without much variation. I'm not necessarily big into gait analysis but in running the glutes only really kick in on on inclines meaning the hamstrings take on the bulk of workload. This means the glutes can become inactive which can also have implications for gait due to fatigue over months of high volume training. This can lead to other muscle groups becoming overworked/overstressed which then (sometimes) lead to niggles or longer term issues. Again some people can get away without issues but I think this relates to some of my previous injuries.
Getting assessed by a physio would certainly give you some insight into the problem but you may just need a period of rest/recovery to let things settle and importantly some different types of training. Cycling is good strength training which switches on the glutes and swimming is obviously a great all rounder while some basic strength training (with exercises from a physio) might help too. In short: get some physio advice, allow a period of proper recovery, switch things up with different types of exercise for a bit and then you may find you come back much stronger.
Matt3 - 3 peaks is probably my spring 2016 target to build endurance for a proper go at Ennerdale, Wasdale, Borrowdale next year. How did you find 3 peaks? Mate of mine said be bonked badly at Inglebrough, lol Good luck for Edinburgh.
CW - not sure I'm doing Borrowdale this year though I will see how I feel end of this month when entries open. I haven't trained that much recently at all due to a niggle and being so busy with uni so my endurance is nowhere. Leaning towards a few good blocks of training in the lakes over summer and building for the autumn fell races in September/October - Grisedale (10m) Three Shires (12.5m) and Langdale again. Probs do Skiddaw and Kentmere in July and just have a summer of getting back into good shape without having anything huge to train for mileage wise. If I did Borrowdale I wouldn't race it, just use it as a training run/enjoy the day but I'll let you know if I enter.
2 weeks left of community stroke placement then one presentation in uni then I'm done . Real eye opener working with the patients and families of people affected by stroke. Full on life changer overnight for both. Makes you realise that we can take for granted basic aspects of living like walking and speech