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I'm new to the runners world forum and wanted to join to get some good advice from experianced runners on a problem that i've been having for the last few weeks.
I've always been a good long distance runner and have mostly only ever ran during a gym work out or a 2km on the road. However this year I have entered the half marathon so have upped my training. This half marathon takes place mid March. I started out on the TM in the gym, doing 5KM/ 3 mile runs and then going on the bike for a further 5km to increase my muscle stamina. My runs have now increased to about 6 miles but this is mainly outside on the roads. I noticed my knee started to twinge after my first 4 mile run, but nothing that a bandage and ice couldn't sort out. However, last tuesday I did a 6 mile run and since I've experianced a lot of complications.
My knee started to twinge after I stopped running so I stretched to try and ease the pain. I then went home and put my bandage back on to compress it and it seemed okay. However I could barely walk on it the following morning and had to wear my bandage to work. I then noticed the pain that was so evident in my knee (around the sides of my knee cap) was now present in the back of my knee and shooting down what would eventually be both sides of my calves.
The pain has subsided and does so when not walked on, yet i've rested for a week now with no running in between and I'm lucky if I can do a brisk walk for 20 minutes without a pain in my calves or knee and now more recently in my shins. It feels like a shooting pain, almost as if a muscle is twisted or a join needs popping back into place. I don't want to over stretch incase I damage something further in my leg.
I plan to see my normal GP tomorrow however I'm quite concerned they won't have the exact knowledge I need to diagnose my problem however what I'm more scared of is that they will say I won't be fit enough to run the half marathon.
I was making good progress with my training and what's more is that I have enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would have and actually look forward to runs and can't wait for the next one.
Has anyone experainced anything like this before? I've tried doing my research on the internet and on here however what i've found is that most people have one or the other, and if they do experiance pain in both their knee and calf it doesn't seem to trace where mine is on my own leg.
Any advice/help would be greatly appreicated.