Some of my running friends tried to convince me to run a full marathon, shortly after completing my first half-marathon. I knew I wasn't ready, as I had only run one 14 miler in my running history before that race.. I let myself get more comfortable with running shorter races, then 6 months later after working on core-strength work-outs 2-3 times a week, plus stretching, and gradually easing into longer runs, running another half marathon, I completed my first marathon. Even with a good fitness and long run base at that point, I was humbled by how hard (and sometimes painful)the last 10K was. Don't abuse yourself with something you aren't ready for..pain seems to be a good indicator of this.. I changed the type of shoe I was using when I started having some leg trouble (as other posters mentioned). Training should be fun and challenging, not painful..Hopefuly with some of the good advice on this board (and maybe new shoes and possibly orthotics) will get you back running towards your goals.. P.S. Is it possible you were running your long runs too fast? Or with not enough recovery before and after? Good luck!
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