Bored with injury

Did the first 5 runs without a bother. Careful to stretch and warm down. Was really enjoying the programme. Run 6 my Achilles started to hurt (its an old injury) and I haven't run for 10 days now. I bought expensive new shoes in the meantime and kinesiology tape so hopefully when I get started again it will stay away. Very disappointing. Miserable to be old (56) and prone to injury (even more). Hope to get started again in June after my holiday.

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  • Hi there pip, sorry you're not feeling the love right now, I started this just before I was 50, kept getting so far and got overuse injuries.....got really fed up, but then, had a light bulb moment and 'allowed' my self extra rest days and ran twice a week instead of three times......

    This has worked for me, I ran my first half marathon in March.....I regularly run 10k and my local parkrun, I very occasionally run 3 times a week but not very often.....

    Maybe drop to two runs on your way back after your holiday? Just an idea, the plan is flexible.....make it work for you...

    Good luck, don't give up.....you've come this far...😊👍

    Mx

  • Hurray! I love your idea. Thank you. I don't know why I think I have to follow the plan blindly. Just habit I guess. I will try out your plan and report back. Really appreciate the suggestion. Thanks

  • There are a few of us on here that do twice weekly runs, poppypug does too, and she's just about to do her second half marathon!

    i tell you it was a revelation for me, dropping to two runs a week, I progressed really quite well after that - I'm still 'sedate' but it suits me and I'm happy!

    Good luck! And yes, let us know how you get on 😄

    Mx

  • Sure will. Massive thank you

  • Yes Pip, try going down to 2 runs a week. When I did 3 I just kept getting caught in a cycle of run, pain, rest , run , pain, rest whereas now , although I still get the odd niggle, I havent been " injured " as such for absolutely yonks ! :-)

    Yes, a big thumbs up from me .

    Hope you feel better soon and have a good holiday ! :-) xxx

  • Thank you. Feel so cheered up now. It's a very good plan and I will try it as soon as I get back.

  • I struggled with my Achilles for ages, it took months to clear up each time I damaged it. I only ran twice a week up to Week 8 or 9 but - touch wood - since then it hasn't hurt, something I put down to learning from this forum that I needed to run slower, so at least on that front I am now able to run every other day (though my leg muscles sometimes disagree!)

  • Quite right. I think I am running too fast. Something to do with trying to finish the minute quicker I think, :-) I will try leaving two days rest and see if that helps and work from there. I did have a chronic tendinopathy for 10 years but it has been fine for 5 years since I had an autologous blood injection so it is disappointing to see that it's not really better just waiting to pounce again. I'll see if I can coax it along when it gets better again.

  • I have a twanging Achilles and have been butchering my running shoes to make insoles and keeping the back of my shoe off my heel 😃

    It never occurred to me that it could be down to being over 50. The very idea 😃 💪👍🏃‍♀️✔️

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