Firstly, apologies for the length of this message and thank you in advance for sticking with me to the end. I'll start with a quick summary of me. I'm 48 and have been running since early 2015. before that, did nothing, ever. Office based and very unfit / and overweight. Like many, decided it would be good to get fit and got inspired by my father running a marathon and decided that I'd love to run one too. Never thought I would, but set a target of a half for mid 16.
I have a fairly obsessive nature and like to follow a plan. I also find it hard to deviate etc from the plan.
Anyway, started to train and follow a plan. Unfortunately I got injured a few weeks before with a shin problem, so pulled out of my planned half, but managed to get fit for an event a month later. Loved it and finished in a time I was really happy with for a first running event. 1.45.
Decided would try to run an autumn marathon and started to train. Found it hard work sticking to the plan and found the training really hard on the legs. My hamstrings were always so sore after long runs, but I assumed this was natural as I was running further than ever in my life.
Anyway, did the marathon in 3.55 and was really pleased again. However, was feeling quite beat up after the event and took it steady, but hamstrings incredibly sore on both sides. Went to see a variety of physios and had a lot of different opinions. Hamstring strain, Piriformis, etc. Kept running but was always so sore. After a few weeks found it hard to sit for long. Got to the point by end of 16 I couldn't manage the drive to the office without getting out the car to relieve the pressure and couldn't sit down for more than 15 minutes. Had a year of this. Was a regular flyer and was agony. had to watch TV standing etc. MRI was non conclusive and showed only minor damage. Physio decided was High Hamstring Tendonopothy, so spend months rehab. No better.
Decided I would have to live with it after an other doctor said I was injury free, but was suffering phantom pain.
2017 trained for London Marathon and got bi-lateral runners knee. Absolute agony. Had to pull out after my last 20 miler.8 weeks off and started to come back slowly. Worse knee braces for two years for every run. Started wearing Hoka in 19 and now running without, but still feel it.
Ran London is 2018 and had a lot of calf cramp in the heat. Badly bruised calfs after the race. had pain in them ever since. Not terrible, but touching them is really sore. Squeeze and I hit the roof.
Decided no marathons in 19 and reduced volume. hamstrings still bad and bad calfs. Ran about 1100 miles or so. Also got piriformis syndrome in right butt cheek. So pain sitting in hamstring and butt.
Started 2020 with sore hamstrings, but feeling a little better, sore tired calfs and piriformis syndrome. However, had a great training cycle for Manchester Marathon in spring. Got covid cancelled but was the fittest I've ever been. running 45 plus miles a week. Continued running 45+ since spring right through summer. Piriformis went and calfs improved. Hammies still an issue but used to it.
About a month ago started to feel my right achilles. Got worse and noticed it was fat compared to the left with lumps. Had a week off and started heel drops etc. Started running again, slowly increasing. Better but still sore. Yesterday same pain in the left one. Right feeling better, left getting worse.
I've got custom orthotics, seen doctors, had scans, more physios than you can shake a stick at. I've got rollers, lacrosse balls, etc.
As I sit here tonight, my right hamstring is very sore, left achilles is throbbing, calfs both sore, and bottom of feet feel bruised. I'm keeping mammies off the cushion to avoid pressure pain. I have not had one run in years that didn't hurt.
I've ran about 1200 miles YTD, but dropped to about 20 miles a week at the moment. Fitness falling, body hurting and trying to decide why I keep doing it. But running has become part of who I am. Take it away and I am not sure what's left. Won't bore you with my life, but things have been a little tough last few years.
I don't want to quit, but tired of pain, all the time. I've had time off, I've done physio, had MRI's, Ultrasound, Dry needling, Electrotherapy, you name it.
I've tried a million shoes......
I've never been quick, but am fairly obsessed with being my best. So always chasing faster times, seeing friends on strava improving and feel so frustrated with where I am. I hoped to get a 1.30 half and sub. 40 10k this year. I'm not far away, but the toll on the body is high.
Do I just give up and accept defeat? Or do I become a hobby jogger, forget the races, strava etc. Just once I do, I know that is the end of a lot of what. enjoy.....
Anyone had similar? Any advice?
Thanks for listening!