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Hi all (and particularly TR)
I’m about to start training for a spring marathon. After a frustrating summer of niggles/ injuries, my main aim is to make it to the start line in one piece, and with a decent shot at setting a new pb. Earlier this year, and with a lot of mentoring help from TR, I managed to get my marathon pb down to 3.28. Other current pbs are 5k: 19.14, 10k: 40.45, HM 1.29. All in first half of 2015.
After running the marathon pb in April, I hoped to build on the training and run another marathon in the autumn, ideally taking off another 5-10 mins, depending on progress in training. But that never got off the ground as I struggled to get back running regularly. During the marathon I picked up a calf injury, which lingered for 8-10 weeks afterwards. I then developed an abdominal/ groin problem, which at times seemed to be leading to a sore lower back problem. So the summer involved lots of rest, frustration, and not much training.
Over the last 7-8 weeks, I’ve been getting back into running, and the niggles seem to be staying under control/ hopefully improving. But, almost as soon as I try to increase the frequency and run consecutive days (even at slow pace/ low mileage), I start to feel some of the old complaints (a sore left foot/ knee, some ab/ groin trouble) and feel as if it’s just a matter of time before something flares up in a serious way. Mileage-wise I’ve averaged 23ish miles over the last 7 weeks, with 80-90% of it being fairly slow (8.45-9.15mm).