I started running a year ago and got up to 8 miles so signed up for silverstone half. Then in November went for a run and my foot started hurting- have given it rest but the only 2 times I have been out I can only run 1 mile before it hurts.
It is the outside edge that hurts- the muscle. It is generally all right on a normal day when not running.
Does anyone have any advice - I am desperate to complete the half. I think I need to be running again by the 14th Jan
I would go and see a physio for a diagnosis and advice. They will be able to estimate when you might be better. But it may have resulted from building up your mileage too quickly, so even if it had healed in time they might suggest you give it a miss.
Difficult to know without seeing where exactly you mean but you could have tendinitis. It's quite a common place to get it. You really need to see either a good sports physio or foot surgeon asap. Don't run until you've been diagnosed, you could make it a lot worse. Prepare mentally for the fact that you might need to pull out of the race. From experience, it's really not worth powering on through, you could be out of action for a lot longer in the long term.
I didn't want to read that, lol. Can you forgive me asking if you're carrying extra weight? I wondered if that raised your risk of injury. I don't think I'll ever chance going much above 5 miles. Seems like a safe threshold to avoid injury (for me anyway).
It could be that your trainers are worn out. How long have you been running in them? Trainers should last around 350 miles, though this is all dependent on the type of shoe. It could be a lot less than that. You could always have them checked at good running shop where they can spot if they need changing. Its worth getting them to do gait analysis to ensure you are running in shoes that offer the best support.