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First, have a bunch of woodland rhododendrons on me! 10 stamens, so definitely not azalea. Nothing to do with this post; just a bit of cheer.

I had the second appointment on my physio' s re-opening day. Full PPE for her and face mask for me, but it was all handled really well. Verdict on my knee which has been troubling me since 6th April was positive (for a 68 year old). I reckon I lost 12 runs ( 24 days) over that period. Good news was that I had done everything right following an e.mail consultation and there was no structural damage. There is some wear and tear around the knee cap which will need management going forward. Just a question of doing the right exercises and keeping up the heat treatment; all in all not a bad outcome. She loosened off a tight quad and hamstring too; compensation injuries really. A video containing demonstrations of my rehab exercises will follow tonight. Fantastic service. She did give me a glimpse into the future. There may come a time when the knee will dictate shorter/ easier runs, but there is nothing there which should stop me running at all. Plan now? carry on as usual, probably without the speed challenges! I am due to do 8k tomorrow and she said that this and getting back to hills will be fine, step by step. So easy does it; but will I be able to stick to it? I think so this time; had enough of IC - time to post some serious mileage and let pace look after itself.πŸ™‚ Healing vibes to all on the comeback trail and welcome back to physios; you are all appreciated πŸ‘

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Dexy5 profile image

Lovely pic Beachcomber66. It’s great to hear that your physio is back in action again and that you able to get a hands on appointment. Onwards and upwards for you now.

Wise to ignore speed challenges if it means by doing so it will keep you running for longer .

I agree, the IC sucks, and I for one am glad to be off it.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy 5. She agreed that the longer stride length with "sprinting " was probably a cause, but I think it only exposed existing wear and tear. So, back to shorter quicker strides. I managed that on my last run, so I have a base to work from. Really I have had a poor 5 months when you throw in the pre and post Christmas chest viruses. Just need to clock up a few steady k's. Your progress has been amazing; so glad to see you back! πŸ™‚

AlMorr profile image

That is a lovely photo you took BC66, so glad that you are recovering from your injury, I hope you enjoy your 8K tomorrow, yes easy does it, take that run as in C25K slow and steady. 😊 πŸƒπŸΎ

Now tell me and everyone else what we will all have to wear in the next few months "what is it like to wear a face mask?"

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al. The face mask bit was no problem. I bought some packs of 3 from M&S. We were able to chat away as usual. There is a slight design problem for the physio to work out as breathing through her mask fogs up her visor. I really didn't notice I was wearing it after a couple of minutes.πŸ‘

cheekychipmunks profile image

Thanks for the blooms BC, they’re beautiful and very cheery! 😍

That sounded like a positive appointment. So glad you’re able to get out running (carefully mind!) and you’re not stuck on the IC any more. πŸ‘

Have fun building up that mileage. πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks CC, I enjoyed the chat to be honest. She is really down to earth and tactfully laughs at my stupid mistakes! It was relatively pain free for a change, so my roller work must be improving. Aiming for a very steady pace tomorrow. 7:00, short strides and no sprints will do nicely.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes, NO SPRINTS! You can pretend you’re running with me! 🀣

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

🀐. πŸ˜‰

Irishprincess profile image

Oooh thank you for the Rhodies.. lovely colour. That all sounds very positive BC, I’m so pleased for you πŸ™‚

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks IP, thought that you would appreciate the blooms. Nice of them to grow near our half way seat on our dog walk. I think that this might change my focus. I feel as though I want to do whatever will keep me running for as long as possible.....but whether that will stand up to the sniff of a PB is the question!

I'm so so pleased. You've had to suppress your urge to go out by doing all you could and it's paid off. It sounds a positive outlook overall from the physio so you can now begin to build again. Take it steady and I would really love to hear how your first run back goes. The wait will be worth it.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to

Thanks GTFC. I will need to keep things steady until the exercises have had a chance to build things up. Hopefully the aversion therapy of the last couple of months will keep me sensible. I might get a sponsorship from KT the way things are going!

JonathanP profile image

Very positive news BC - as you said to me recently and what you really want to hear from a medical professional, the magic words 'you can continue running '!πŸ‘ In the future, you will need to restrain yourself!πŸ˜‹

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I know JP; you know how hard that is. I need a couple of 80k per month periods, forget about pace, and then see where we are. I know that I will get a lot of grief if I overdo it again; will have to keep it to myself....not that it will happen if course!πŸ™‚

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes it's build it up slowly and don't get too ambitious too soon!πŸ‘

Grannyhugs profile image

What fantastic news, amazed to hear your physio is back. Still being ultra cautious in Scotland as far as what's available. Enjoy your 8k, take it easy. Happy running πŸ€—

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Grannyhugs

Thank GH. You are flying at the moment. It will be great to get into your new home, but this interlude sounds to be very relaxing for you.

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GrannyhugsAmbassador in reply to Beachcomber66

Exhausting tooπŸ˜… did 9 mile cycle each way this morning to socially distance in sister-in-law garden. Bliss to catch up with family like this rather than being 2 Β½ hrs away πŸ€—

Buddy34 profile image

All sounding very positive for you , so just take it easy on the runs and I hope everything goes okay. 🀞🀞😊

Beautiful photo, I used to think they were called ' Roseydendrones ' 🀣🀣

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Buddy34

I would have been struggling without spellcheck Buddy! Might have passed them off as azaleas...much easier to spell! You are in a good spell yourself at the moment; keep up the great work!!

Sandraj39 profile image

Lovely rhododendrons! 🌺 These sports physio's are worth their weight in gold aren't they? All sounds really positive, so here's to the steady miles ahead! πŸ‘πŸ™‚

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Thanks Sandra. Exercises with video links just arrived..complete with diary to show you are keeping up with the programme. They have clearly made good use of lockdown!

Mum22boys profile image

Sounds like a very positive appt πŸ‘ and the exercises and diary sound great.. good to be able to mark your progress. Enjoy your steady sensible run tomorrow

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Mum22boys

Thanks Mum22. Handbrake will remain on at all times!!πŸ˜‡

linda9389 profile image

Great news!

Sandie1961 profile image

I might just beat you to that sub 60 10k then πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Seriously, sounds very positive and thank goodness for understanding physios. Enjoy your run. Hubby and I are going for a walk with a couple of friends in the Lincolnshire Wolds this morning. Looking forward to catching up πŸ˜ƒ

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie. Friends of ours have suggested a walk too, and we have invitations for garden coffee mornings. Some catch up time will be great.

As you know, I will be very happy to see you get to a sub 60 x10k and will lead the cheers. You are almost there. Just a question of the opportunity presenting itself as in finding yourself with an opportunity with 2k left to run.

For now, I have a shed load of exercises to do, tight muscles to unknot and fitness to recover ...and more KT to buy!! My physio is just what I need ; someone who understands the need to run, and works with me to get back out there ASAP. Will my patience last is the question 😊

Run46 profile image

Great to hear your email advice was spot on, and that you'd been sticking to it πŸ˜‰

Onwards and upwards, especially in your case with all the hills!

Good luck with your 8K, at a nice leisurely pace if there is such a thing πŸ™‚

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Thanks Run46. Just had my post run shower. I targeted 8k at 7m/k and ended up at 6:56..,. Shocking pace management. The knee is a bit sore, but the roller on hamstrings and quads.,.which physio said need slackening off plus some heat treatment should fix it. Way off Pb pace but that was never the target. πŸ‘

WillowandSola profile image

Great to know you are still able to get out there and run, the photo is a bonus

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Thanks W&S. Nice to have some warmth in the air again. Hope things are well with you.

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WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

It’s nice and warm here too, we are good thanks, still working, still running, how lucky are we?

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Great to hear πŸ‘

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