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I am running the London marathon next year for the Mental Health Foundation so have selected a training program that seems to fit my needs. I’ve ran the marathon before in 2006 but back then it wasn’t really about a time for me. I just wanted to finish on the same day I started and raise money for a charity that meant something to me. I ended up coming in just under 6 hours which at the time i was happy with.
Not really done any running since although I do regularly exercise and consider myself to be a physically fit person. So from early may (after losing almost 2 stone from Christmas) I started tailoring my exercise to running slowly building up my miles and pace. Last Saturday (19/8/12) I ran 8 miles at an average pace of 8:55. I am hoping for a sub 4.5hour marathon next year so this pace is great for me. As part of my training I intend to run a half marathon sometime in November hopefully around the 2 hr mark. The program I am following at the moment is a sub 2.5hr Half Marathon program over 16 weeks. The program consists of 3 short runs during the week and a long at the weekend. Then every 4 or so weeks the mileage drops back to allow you to absorb the training so far. From what I gather this is pretty much the norm and it is also how I trained for my Marathon back in 2006 but obviously at much slower pace.
After completing week 4 both my Achilles where very sore, they were tender to the touch and very stiff in the mornings. This has been getting progressively worse over the previous week. After a bit of reading it seems this is early signs of achilles tendinosis?
This week (week 5 of training) is a lower mileage week so I have laid off the running and cycled instead. I have been taking ibuprofen regularly, stretching my Achilles through the day and have upped my protein intake in an attempt to help my Achilles recover. They are feeling much better now although still a little stiff in the morning. I intend to run my long run this weekend of 6miles but will keep it on the flat and take it easy.
So my question is ….will wearing a support help me with this while I run? Or is it simple a case of I am training on the edge of my bodies …well Achilles... threshold. I always warm up before a run and stretch after and eat a decent recovery meal after my longs. Fitness wise the pace and mileage is fine for me and I am really enjoying the running and the challenge, but do not want to injure myself in the process.
Any advice would be very much appreciated.