In short it's the extensor tendons of the toes that are causing me grief. It is a typical presentation:
- dorsal, diffuse swelling
- pain on active extension of the toes
- even more pain on passive plantar flexion
- pain during running
So the last part of my Specific phase is about ensuring I recovery from this. Luckily I'm already at the fitness and performance level I believe is required to hit my goals in the marathon.
The extended increased training load, combined with the recent MTSS, plus with the go hard approach on the uphill segments at the half marathon seem to have exposed my weakest link. (yes Paul, I do agree the Yarra Blvd Half wasn't hilly, but it was mildly undulating enough for a significant difference in pace and effort over the course).
"a change in training methods or running terrain, particularly hill running"
"Running uphill means the extensor muscles must work harder to lift the foot and downhill they have to work harder eccentrically to slow the foot."
Time to remember that I can only train as hard as the weakest link in my body allows.