I don't understand why but after months of running without problems I am now getting one injury after another.
A few weeks ago I thought I had shin splints in my right leg, so I started with RICE and then strengthening exercises.
Felt better, went back to running - cut back to half the distance/time I'd been doing - and no return of shin pain, but instead I got left knee pain.
So back to RICE and then strengthening exercises with help from folks on this forum.
Then on the advice of my GP I did run-walk-run-walk on grass for a week with no knee or shin pain.
I also did a pilates class a couple of days ago after it was recommended on here as being good for core strength.
So today I went to do the same run-walk routine on the road and less than 1km into it I had calf pain. I did some stretches, walked for a bit, then went to the park to see if it was any better running on grass. It didn't get worse but I didn't want to risk a more serious injury so gave up and went home.
So I'm back on the IC. It's a beautiful, sunny day and I am gutted.
I've seriously started to wonder if it's my new running shoes that I bought after getting a gait analysis, as I ran all through the summer in my battered, ancient, non-runners' cheap Nikes without a single twinge - on roads, not grass. Only since I got my new shoes have I been having problems.
I am also seriously starting to wonder if I should just give up running because maybe I'm not meant to be doing it?
It's not as if I have one particular injury that keeps coming back - the shin and knee problems have settled down. Now it's my calf and I'm completely mystified by it!
So now I'm looking for a good physio in central or south east London. I don't think the pain is serious enough to go to the GP as I can still walk with it.
Oh well, at least my sedentary pals will be happy after lecturing me about the pressure that running puts on my joints!!
I'm also wondering if, in this cold weather, I should have spent longer warming up? I did my usual 5min speed walk then some stretches.
Also, are you supposed to do stretches before or after warming up?