Checking in with how you are feeling is hugely important, but it’s easy to get paranoid about the occasional minor ache or pain, which may be nothing or may even be unrelated to running, especially if you have a job where you are sitting down for long periods.
“Listen to your body and be aware that a niggle at this stage is not the same as a niggle 10 weeks ago,” says Anderson. “You need to tune into your body a lot more consciously and make that decision about whether it is worth a trip to the physiotherapist sooner rather than just leaving it.”
However, he warns “because you’ve got a big race, then every niggle does seem to feel like runner’s knee,” says Anderson. ‘If in doubt, see someone and put your mind at rest. If you are inclined to be a bit more paranoid about niggles, then a strategy of regular massage or chiropractic treatment is probably going to be something you can really benefit from.”