I could have cried today, only ten minutes into my long run and this ankle pain comes back. I said to my self "that's it back to square one!" It was hurting pretty badly and I thought I'd better head back to the car.
Anyway, I was walking back and decided to give my calf a massage and try again, did that and pain was still there. I flopped down on a grassy embankment, lay back and put my hands over my face in frustration. After laying there for five minutes, contemplating taking up darts, I sat up and did a few stretches touching my toes. I got up and tried again, but this time it felt OK. I sat down again and slowly stretched in the same manor holding the stretch for the count of 15, 4 times on each leg. It was pretty hard to hold these as my legs were tight as.
After I got up again I ran for an hour and a half with no problems at all. So that was it, tight hamstrings! I kinda feel silly that I didn't pick it up sooner but very happy that I did and relieved that I have nothing more than lack of flexibility.
I'm going to introduce some stretching into my progam now. Does anyone know of good ones to fix tight hamstrings? I want to know more about the working of the muscles and tendons etc it is amazing to me how tight back upper legs can give me a feeling of pain coming from deep low in the ankle.