Well, it's been a long time since I posted here and to be honest my running has been on and off for a few years.
My mileage crept down and as a result my weight crept up!
Still, I am attempting to pick it up again, albeit on a reduced mileage and less often than I'd like.
One of the main reasons for failing to regain a routine and consistency in my running is niggley injuries that seem to hinder and plague me whenever I try to get back into a regular running routine?
A year or so ago I picked up a torn ligament and damaged cartilage in my left knee, which was bad for a while. However, with careful management and medical help (including injections into the knee) I managed to avoid the keyhole surgery...at least so far.
It still twinges when I stray over 5 miles or so but so far no re-occurrences of the pain and swelling/stiffening up suffered previously.
Anyway, I digress.
On a run about 3 weeks ago, I picked up what started as a twinge in my left ankle, then seemed to creep up to my Achilles, then crept further up into the bottom of my calf where it insisted on remaining until it tightened and became too uncomfortable and sore to continue.
I assumed it was just "one of those things" as often they do just go away after a couple of days rest , never to return?
At first this seemed to be the case as after a few days rest it indeed just seemed to "go away".
However, after a couple to three miles on my next run )following a few days or more of rest) it once again started...ankle, Achilles then up to my lower calf.
I reckon it's at about the 2.5 - 3 mile mark when it first starts and it very quickly worsens once it spreads up to my Achilles..
Last Saturday I ran for 3.5 miles with no problems and thought (again) that it had eventually
The next day an old friend asked me to run on the Sunday so filled with new confidence and hope I agreed.
We ran a comfortable, easy/slow pace for 5.4 miles and I again at first I thought it would be fine but
after around 4 - 4.5 miles it came back and although I managed to continue and finish the run back to his house (total 5.4 miles) it was quiet stiff and sore. I thought I'd perhaps over done it even though it did hold off for longer than previous episodes of the usual 2-3 miles.
Today is Wednesday and I still feel a slight stiffness and tenderness in the lower calf (not the ankle at all) when on all previous occasions the pain and discomfort had disappeared after a day or two?
Does anyone know what this is and how to manage it?
Has anyone had a similar problem?The tightness and the lasting discomfort is in the lower calf not the Achilles or ankle. It's just that it seems to start in the ankle, then to the achilles, then to the lower calf where the main discomfort remains.
All ankle and Achilles discomfort are gone within minutes or certainly hours after I stop running but the lower calf issues last longer.
- Do I just need to rest up for a lot longer? (I'd rather not as I am struggling with my weight a bit lately and need to shed a few pounds)
- Could it be my shoes need replacing? I've had them over a year. This is not typically how it works though, I usually just get a few twinges in my knees?
- Do it need new orthotics? I've had them for a few years now but this injury is not typical or symptomatic of my previous gait problems.
- Any other ideas?
Thanks in advance.