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I developed shin splints after ignoring pains in my left calf whilst training for last year's FLM. I managed to complete the marathon without much trouble, but the pain kept getting worse so I eventually saw a physio. He told me that my trainers were not right for me at all (despite the fact I always get gait analysis - grrrr) and that I needed to build up my strength and flexibility to avoid injury in the future. After a few months off, I was pleased to find I had a place in FLM 2009 through the ballot... I decided to be very disciplined when getting back into it - making sure I had the right trainers, doing resistance training in the gym 3 times a week (core stability, upper body, back... and of course legs), alongside my 3 weekly runs, and a bit of yoga for my flexibility.
But despite all my best efforts I've been experiencing the same old pain - a dull ache down the inside of my left calf muscle when I run... But alongside this I am now getting pains in the arches of my feet, not just when I run. I now wear a stability shoe (Brooks Adrenaline) but wonder if perhaps I need orthotics. When I did my 15 miler on Saturday my feet felt really flat.
I'm feeling a bit frustrated! But I know this is a common problem - has anyone had experience of something like this, or have you had any success with orthotics...? I'm about to book a session with my physio... but he's not very marathon friendly, and I'm pretty sure the first thing he will say to me is "rest for 4 weeks" which is obviously not something I want to do now...!