I did not think much of it after the run and ran again a few days later. I had an awesome run, a little less than 10 miles (9.88) close to 9-ish min/miles which is one of the fastest long runs I have done. By the end of it you ask? – Limping. The course was flat and the only difference was side gusts (up to 20 mph); I was at the beach and sprinkling and wind got me for the last 1.5 mi of the run. After the beach run I hit the trails (slowly) with a friend and the rain and wind, aside from chilling me to the bone probably helped my left leg not swell, was not too much fun. I thought it was nothing because I have had aches and pains before, pretty standard.
I must have tweaked something in my lower left leg because I have been hobbling around for a few days unable to put much weight on my left. Can’t point my toes up, there is just no cooperation. If I had to pick sometime to have an injury it would pretty much be anytime but now. The LA Marathon is in a month, and the American River50 is coming and I really wanted to put in a solid month of training before it. But, the world works in mysterious ways.
I do think that my form has a lot to do with it…i.e. it got sloppier and I was running in my VFF a lot less. I get lazy and heel strike or I start speeding up just to get through the run by widening my stride instead of picking up the cadence, just sloppy. I am going to start doing some shorter runs in my VFF and other minimal-style shoes (brooks mach11, etc.) to get the form back into order. It helped me become a runner, and I trust it will again. In the spirit of good form click on this link to a blog I read a lot (running and rambling) for a contest to win a pair of NB Minimus (4mm drop, vibram soles, and they look awesome!!). Good luck with your runs, remember form and avoid trails that lead nowhere.