I thought I would post this on here as I imagine contributors to this section of the forum might be better able to help me.
I am midway through my training programme (3 months out of 6 months) aiming towards the race in the Yukon. Training distances has increased fairly gradually to the extent that I am now running 4-5 sessions a week with at least 1 of the runs exceeding 30 miles and another between 20 and 30. The remaining sessions comprises distances from 4 miles upwards and nearly all sessions include some elemnet of walking.
Over the last 2 weeks I have been suffering with incredible pain in my right shin muscle which is usually at the top of my shin - but last weekend was most prominent in the lower shin. I have been both icing and heating the muscle as well as deep massaging it. This alleviates the pain but when I do my next session the pain returns and my muscle goes incredibly hard. It takes about 30-45 mins for the pain to recede and then the rest of the session goes unaffected - until I finish and cool down and once again it tightens up a lot.
Any suggestions as to what the problem is and more importantly what to do about it. I do try to stretch this muscle prior to training - but it is a bugger of a muscle to stretch effectively. I did find that placing a hot cup of tea against it prior to one session did work well - so obviously it is important to warm the muscle prior to training (by whatever means)
Any comments/advice etc very gratefully recieved.