Advice please! After running I am getting stiff ankles. There is no pain at all, they're literally a bit stiff and creaky. I'm working on increasing stamina and endurance and, as such, doing more hill work and some fartleks all supervised within my running club. As yet, have not really increased the distance I'm running much - and definitely not more than 10% each week. Running three times a week absolute max, always with rest days inbetween.
My question is this. Is this just something that is normal to feel as I work on my running? I am overweight - although less so than when I started C25K - and I have a collapsed arch on my left foot. I have always over-pronated (even before the broken metatarsals that lead to the collapsed arch) and wear stability, motion control trainers with orthotics. I try and avoid a lot of downhill running (not easy when you're trying to concentrate on improving your uphill running) and I don't overstride. Before I graduated from C25K I was getting shin splints but as I've worked to improve strength via swimming and spinning, these have happily disappeared. When I was doing C25K I definitely had aches in my legs as my body got used to the running but these went away as I improved.
I want to stress - there is no pain at all!