A running blog, of sorts
Wow, it's hotter there than Tokyo - we're at about 25.Hope your ankles start feeling better. How many kms per week are you running? And how many hard sessions?
Hi BobDoubles everyday Monday to Saturday. All 5K in morning and 10 to 15k at night. 3 days some type of speed and one longer single session on Sunday. Usually running the fast sessions at around 80% of my Max Heart Rate. But nothing I can't complete, just my lower legs shins and ankles are hurting a bit. Doing about 130~50K weeks recently.
"The price you have to pay" - surely there should be no price to pay for continuing to run into your late forties and beyond, not a price that involves awalys having some form of pain or discomfort. 3 days of some form of speedwork seems a bit excessive, particularly for a master runner and may be contributing to your niggles. I only run one (or at most two speedwork type session per week).Then again maybe that's what it takes to get the results that you get! Hope your lower legs recover and enjoy the warm (hot) weather training.
Constant pain is not a price I want to pay for running. Of course I'm nowhere near as competitive as you but I want to be running for as long as I can. I'm 50 now and know that my body just can't take the beating it used to. Have you thought of maybe doing some cross training instead of some of those doubles to build strength without the pounding that your legs are taking?
Agree with Grellan re 3 days "some type of speed" being too much - ask Tinman to look at revising your schedule in view of the constant pain. Another thing worth looking at is doing *some* of your running in more cushioned shoes - some ultra guys swear by the Hoka Bondis, I'm liking my Asics Nimbus (OK, a bit heavier than Frees but not too bad).It's not normal to be in pain, or the 'price you have to pay' - keep seeking solutions. One other thing, it's worth fixing up those sleep habits. Growth hormone is produced during sleep, and repair takes place (of the 'damage' you're doing while running). Aim for 8 - 10 hours a day, minimum, even if that means cutting your Twitter time to 20 minutes a day - that's a small price to pay if you want to run lifetime PBs before you're REALLY too old (the other side of 55).
I agree with Ewen,I have less pain and injury now than when I started running 20 years ago!This video will make you think!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUB7FGZ14uo
I have to agree - 150k per week with 3 speed sessions is ok for a 25 year old Kenyan elite, not for us normal human beings. That really is too heavy a load, Scott, you've got to reconsider. (If you could do it and feel fine, ok, but you obviously can't.)
Hey Scott. That is an awful lot of running for the last few weeks. I'm certainly not in any position to offer advice. I will say though, hang in there and if you have to, listen to what your body is telling you. Thanks for your comment about Fukuchiyama and your first marathon time there. Meant a lot to me. Take care.