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Firstly, I have to say from reading some of the different posts, that this website and the forums are fab!
Hello - my name is Hayley, I'm 36 and I live in Aberdeen. I'm a fairly new runner and have been doing it "seriously" since January. I trained for and successfully completed my first 10k 3 weeks ago - the Balmoral 10k in 1hr 14mins (not a bad time considering the bloody great big mountainous hill in the middle!!) - and am now training to do my second on the 24th of this month.
However, I have been bothered with sore shins and calves which have been particularly bad since Balmoral. I go regularly to an Osteopath for a sports massage, which helps hugely, and I also recently went to see a Podiatrist who confirmed my overpronation (which I alread knew having had my gait analysed properly when buying my trainers - Asics) but stated that it was particularly severe and that my new trainers were not built up enough to support my arches - damn and blast!!
So here is what I have been doing up til now:
What else can I do?!! I have my next 10k in 2 weeks time, so have decided to stop running this week and focus purely on strength training, core stability and swimming and then go for a wee run next Sunday and see how I fare - I'm thinking that maybe I just need a rest.
I have bought new trainers today - Brooks Ariels - as they were recommended for severe overpronators and I hope that I have better luck with them. If these don't work, I guess I will have no option but to go down the proper orthotics route, but that is soooo expensive!
My mind and heart are determined to keep running (I've applied for a charity place in next years London Marathon!) but my body is protesting big style.
It seems to me as if my problems are largely down to biomechanics, so I really hope that this weeks "rest" and my new trainers will help.
If anyone has any new helpful ideas/advice, I am all ears!!
Thanks in advance