what have I done to myself?

#1
I'm 37, ex TA. Going back in after a 10 year break, selection in 3 weeks.
I was 18 stone and couldn't run back in july, now 16 stone, running 1.5 miles in 12 mins.
My regular run is only 1mile, twice a week (monday and friday), with fartlec on a wednesday and tuesday and thursdays are bodyweight exercise, core etc.
Anyway, I decided to up my distance last night to 2 miles, with a view to being comfortably a 3 mile runner by selection time. It went fine, better than my first post-christmas run last week, which was not pretty.
But this afternoon, I hot a twinge in my lower left leg.
It seems to be between my calf muscle and the bone, and extends to just below my calf.
I'm wondering if its my achilles tendon?
It seems to come on for 5 mins, then off for 10 or so.
When I sat back on my haunches while bathing the little un, it set it off too.
A work colleague said 'its cos you,re using muscles you've not used before' which as well as being patronising, is doubtful, as I know what lactic acid in muscles feels like. Its a little concerning.
Any ideas?
Any recommendations on treatment?
 
#2
Maybe get a doctor/ physio to look at it? You are no spring chicken, quite heavy, and are doing quite a bit of running. I would not listen to someone on the Internet about treating this. Go and see someone who knows what they are talking about.
 
#3
Maybe get a doctor/ physio to look at it? You are no spring chicken, quite heavy, and are doing quite a bit of running. I would not listen to someone on the Internet about treating this. Go and see someone who knows what they are talking about.
I agree, don't take chances. Rest,ice, compress and elevate until you've seen someone about it. If you're loathe to see your GP then shell out and see a good sports physio.
 
#4
Maybe get a doctor/ physio to look at it? You are no spring chicken, quite heavy, and are doing quite a bit of running. I would not listen to someone on the Internet about treating this. Go and see someone who knows what they are talking about.
Can't you just use your crystal ball?
I guess I knew that people would say see your GP, but I wondered if it was some common ailment that a PTI would say "oh, yeah, give it 3 days rest and crack on"
 
#9
Don't bother with all that 'going and seeing a proper qualified Doctor who can actually see and examine your injury' bollocks, ask random people on the internet.
Personally I recommend amputation.
 
#13
ah well, no probs:) anyway, I had a laugh at the three sarcastic posts above your last then did my tuesday night (non-running) workout. Had a shower and it feels a lot better now. Laughter is the best medicine, just like reader's digest used to say!
I'll go easy on it for the rest of the week, if its not significantly improved, I'll see the doc.
Now, can anyone advise me on which paint scheme suits my house best?
 
#14
ah well, no probs:) anyway, I had a laugh at the three sarcastic posts above your last then did my tuesday night (non-running) workout. Had a shower and it feels a lot better now. Laughter is the best medicine, just like reader's digest used to say!
I'll go easy on it for the rest of the week, if its not significantly improved, I'll see the doc.
Now, can anyone advise me on which paint scheme suits my house best?
DPM.

Well me and your mrs had a good laugh about that on your last weekend!
 
#15
DPM.

Well me and your mrs had a good laugh about that on your last weekend!
What, in 2002?
I hadn't even bought the house then!
Why weren't you answering earlier, when I requested a crystal ball?
 
#16
ah well, no probs:) anyway, S had a laugh at the three posts above your last then did my tuesday night (non-running) workout. Had a shower and it feels a lot better now. Laughter is the best medicine, just like reader's digest used to say!
I'll in easy on it for the rest of the week, if its not significantly improved, I'll see the doc.
Now, can anyone advise me on which paint scheme suits my house best?
 
#17
What, in 2002?
I hadn't even bought the house then!
Why weren't you answering earlier, when I requested a crystal ball?
I looked in the crystal ball & it said its a common ailment, just give it 3 days and crack on with it.

I get those pains when I overtrain. Especially in the shins.

Try swimming. Cycling is fun too. I did 25 miles on the bike today, its like interval training because you blow hard up the hills, recover on the downhill and have a steady pace on the flat. I did a steady 4 mile run after that. I find that mixing the CV reduces twinges in the old legs.

It's a big crystal ball.
 
#18
I looked in the crystal ball & it said its a common ailment, just give it 3 days and crack on with it.

I get those pains when I overtrain. Especially in the shins.

Try swimming. Cycling is fun too. I did 25 miles on the bike today, its like interval training because you blow hard up the hills, recover on the downhill and have a steady pace on the flat. I did a steady 4 mile run after that. I find that mixing the CV reduces twinges in the old legs.

It's a big crystal ball.
Cheers for that, maybe I just pushed it too far (as you said to my missus last weekend,I know!)
Good idea with the cycling, I live in a very hilly area, so it might be a good alternative.
 
#19
.......... Just dont replace the running with cycling - incorporate it into your current program along with gym work, circuits and swimming. Google 'tabata' and try that method - it can be utilised on many exercises, my favourite being on the rowing machine. Its nails.

Re your injury, as others have said there are too many factors contributing to give an accurate cause (especially over the internet). That said a GP might not have much of an idea either if its a sports injury. If I were to narrow down the list of possible causes, prevention and treatment:

1: You are doing well losing weight but your still heavy and thats a lot of pressure on the limbs. Focus on losing the weight and you will likely see your distance and time when running improve naturally.

2: Have your running gait analysed at a professional running shop (run and become for example). You may have the wrong running shoes/worn out running shoes.

3: Warm up, cool down and stretch properly before and after a run. In winter use ron hills to keep the legs warmer.

4: Treat with RICE and rather than popping pills, use ibuprofen gel on the area.

5: Lastly this may not even be an injury - it get all sorts of niggly aches and pains when running. Just keep an eye on it and crack on.
 

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