Right back where I started.: Sorry, long post... - Bridge to 10K

Bridge to 10K

15,975 members23,060 posts

Right back where I started.

Oldgirlruns profile image

Sorry, long post alert! In Feb 2019 I set out on my first tentative steps as a runner. Not sure I’d ever really call myself a runner, a very slow jogger maybe but hey, I trotted my way through C25K, then to 5km (at Parkrun and I had to retire to the sofa for the afternoon because I was so shattered!) and then on to a couple of sweaty, inelegant 10kms. Then in 2021 I found myself with with a case of gluteal tendinopathy, not serious in comparison with some people’s injuries and ailments here on the forum but enough to stop me running, even walking at speed was uncomfortable at times but it got better and I was back to walk/running Parkrun again in the summer. Until I overdid the walking bit one Saturday and pulled it again so I’ve been back rather grumpily on the IC for more time than I wanted to be! But I’m now freed by the physio to start running again as long as I’m sensible so C25K is on again! W1R2 this morning along a beautiful seafront. I’ll gloss over the first run - it was fine but the faffery involved in actually getting out the door was ridiculous! Whatever happened to my ability to get up and out quickly?! This morning was marginally better although I haven’t quite got myself organised with my Parkinson’s meds at least half an hour before going out in case I get queasy (another joy dropped on me in 2021!) but I’m sure it will sort itself out eventually, after all I’ve got 9 weeks to practice! As for the running, I’m glad I decided to go back to the beginning and wondered whether I’d even be able to manage the 60 second runs but it was fine and I found I didn’t have to concentrate on learning how to run, if that makes sense, I just did it. So here we are, I won’t bore you with details of every run but I’m conscious that I haven’t posted or responded much of late so will probably put something on C25K as I trot along for the second time round! Just thought I’d let you lovely Bridge VRBs know that I’m still here! Woohoo!

81 Replies
cheekychipmunks profile image

That’s the best news OGR. I’m so happy for you! You’ll be graduating again just as the weather is picking up properly, and then you’ll have a lovely summer of running ahead! 🌸 ☀️

I look forward to joining you on some PRs before too long. 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ 😀

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky, yes there’s loads to look forward to!

Delly-dot profile image

Oooh! OGR! So lovely to hear from you and to read you are lacing up your trainers once again. The ”faffery” comment made me smile 😊. Enjoy your C25K rerun. Keep us all posted with your progress. 🤗

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Delly-dot

Thanks D-d, hope you and Dabbydot are ok!

GTFC profile image

What you are is just utterly fantastic! All the rest is so lovely to read. Another running journey and I hope you enjoy every moment 🙏

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to GTFC

Thanks GTFC! Hope you’re ok up there on the east coast!

Well done on starting again and coming off the IC! 👏🏻👏🏻😀Lots of us on here redoing the C25K. I keep repeating W1 until I feel comfortable to do more!

All the best, keep us updated so we can keep cheering you on ! 👍🏻

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Indielass00

Thanks Indielass! Yes, I’ve been reading posts from lots of familiar names all back on it- must be the season! Hope your own C25K’s going ok!

Dexy5 profile image

You know you can do this Oldgirl. Just take your time, and keep doing the physio’s exercises . Just think, we will get to celebrate your graduation all over again, and I can run your first 5k parkrun with you just like before. Whoop whoop.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy - yes we’ll be ‘deja vue-ing’ all over the place!

Shake-and-run profile image

Good to have you back OGRs, look forward to running with you sometime in the near future.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Shake-and-run

Thanks Shakes - yes as life returns to something like normal, it’ll be good to have some meet-ups won’t it!

Instructor57 profile image

Great to see you back again ! 😁Enjoy the re runs 👍

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Instructor57

Thanks Instructor57, it’s good to be back!

Speedy60 profile image

Lovely to hear from you. I was also quite quiet for a long while too, feeling sorry for myself with a hip injury.

I started running again in December. I'm now up to 5k without stopping. I'm aiming to get up to some happy 10ks; I don't care about pace. So it can be done - us old girls need to stick together and cheer each other on. 👏👏👏

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Speedy60

You’ve done so well to get to 5km again since December haven’t you Speedy! I really hope your hip is behaving again now! You’re so right about speed , it took me a while to work out that I’d never be speedy (unlike you!😆) but that it really didn’t matter. If I’m at the back of the pack, so be it! Old girls rule!

Speedy60 profile image
Speedy60Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Speedy by name but not by nature 😉

Birdlady64 profile image

Just brilliant! This is so lovely to read and wonderful that you are running again. I restarted c25k myself after a while out with a back injury. You are so right about the not having to learn to run again part - it does just happen. I decided to do the plan again as a way of preventing me from doing too much too soon. My physio also said it's a great way to get back into running again. So all positives as far as I'm concerned 👍😀

Go us!

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Thanks Birdlady! Go us indeed! I hope your back is recovering well. You’re right about not doing too much too soon - I learned that the hard way and don’t plan to do it again!

H4CS profile image

Whoo hoo go go go (at a pace you are comfortable with 😅😘) x

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to H4CS

Thanks H4CS - my slow snail pace is very comfortable !

H4CS profile image
H4CSGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Me too 💗

AlMorr profile image

So happy to know that you are back running Oldgirlruns, congratulations, nice that the physio now allows you to run again, if you wish you can report on your runs, we are all here to support you, onwards and upwards. It won't be too long before you are at parkrun, this time running, not volunteering although I am sure that you will continue doing that as well. 😊 🏃🏾 👍

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al, yes I’ll keep reporting but probably weekly or so. You’re right about the support provided by the forum members, it really is an amazing place! And yes I’ll still be at Parkrun , I’ve been walking it recently with Coddfish as she recovered from her hip operation - we did it in 52 minutes last week and have plans to better that if we can! As for volunteering, I’m closing in on that big 50 - gotta go for that red tee shirt! Hope your running is going well!

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Yes indeed OGR, my running is going well thanks, I ran my 84th (not) parkrun on Wednesday morning, I intend to run my 34th official Parkrun this weekend.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Good for you Al, enjoy your run on Saturday!

nowster profile image

Don't talk to me about faffery! If it was an Olympic sport I'd be a serious contender. 🤣

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to nowster

Oh boy nowster - from reading so many posts about faffing, I reckon we could make up a very strong team!

hamit profile image

Nice to see you back again. Doing c25k again is fun, I know I have done it 3 times. The IC can be a downer but in your case it looks like IC has fired the starting gun again for you. Good luck on the rest of c25k and onto 10k again.Happy running.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to hamit

Thanks hamit! Hope you’re doing ok!

WillowandSola profile image

So glad to know you are back running, will watch your progress with interest and joy and cheer you on

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Thanks WaS, hopefully we’ll get to that meet-up eventually!

WillowandSola profile image
WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Yes it will be great 😊

Fantastic news and gives me hope! Week 10 of gluteal tendinitis here and v v grumpy!Another two weeks and I’m going to give a short 30 second test to see how I cope.

Good luck 😊

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Lizzog

Thanks Lizzog! The physio assured me that it will get better, it just takes longer as we get older. Curses! But I’ll keep doing the exercises he gave me to build the strength up and try and remember to keep my strides short so as not to put additional pressure on it. I find that the hard bit because my walking pace is naturally to stride out briskly, although my running pace is much smaller steps and moving slowly! Good luck when you get out again!

Lizzog profile image
Lizzog in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks! I'm at the stage where the initial acute pain has gone, and I feel like I'm left with a 'dead leg'. I still can't sleep on either side, and finding walking up hills and stairs particularly bad - not painful, just sore. How long did you have it for?

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Lizzog

It seemed like most of last year I’m afraid! But I’m probably quite a lot older than you and didn’t allow myself enough time before pushing it too hard again. I don’t think I was in pain, unless I pressed down on the muscles and then ouch! But walking was uncomfortable and there were times when I’d get to the bottom of the stairs and wonder how I was going to get up them! That’s better now but I’m still careful of how I walk and try to remember all the things the physio told me - especially things like no crossing of legs, no side-sitting, trying to sit with hips higher than knees etc! I hope your recovery continues to go well and that you can get out there again soon!

Sunnytom profile image

Well done on getting back out there 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Looking forward to hearing of your progress x

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Sunnytom

Thanks Sunnytom!

Timotea profile image

So glad you are back as due to various issues I too am back on run 3 week 1 of C25K. Hoping to complete run 3 today. Look forward to seeing your progress.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Timotea

Thanks Timotea! Yes, we’re quite a crowd on C25K at the moment aren’t we! Good luck to you as you head out there again!

Sandie1961 profile image

Woohoo, welcome back OGR! So glad to hear you have been given the go ahead to start running again. Reckon that means a Spring parkrun meet up 🤞🏻😃

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie! Yes, wouldn’t a meet up be good, it seems ages since the last one even though it was only a few months and for a slightly longer distance than PR! And of course I was just watching not running! Hope you’re feeling much better now!

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks OGR 😊 Still a bit lacking in energy (possibly due to being locked indoors for 10 days), but otherwise I feel fine x

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

That’s good to hear Sandie!

Really appreciate this. On IC myself and it is hard to keep mentally together at times. Love hearing how much you have overcome, and how you are back out there. Please keep us updated

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to horrorpaws

Thanks horrorpaws! You’re right, it’s tough being confined to the IC but I really have found the support here on the forum to be absolutely brilliant. I think part of it is just knowing there are people out there who are interested in our problems and care about seeing us through them. And sometimes that’s all we need to feel a bit better. I hope your foot is starting to heal again now and that you’ll be back out there again before too long!

Roxdog profile image

Well done you, for your resilience and commitment!

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Roxdog

Thanks Roxdog - we just keep plugging away! I’m now trying to decide whether to invest in a new dry suit and commit to carrying on diving in UK waters!

Raisemeup profile image

Well good for you Old girl runs, you may have your ailments but it's not daunting your spirit and that will get you through. I have no doubt you'll do well as you repeat C25k and manage it in brilliant fashion.I have been off running for 6 weeks and plan to run Saturday, and I've also had glute problem affecting my hip, thought to be Bursitis or Arthritis initially.

Any way, hope you enjoy your runs and look forward to hearing more about your successful, enjoyable and safe runs.

Best wishes ☺️

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Raisemeup

Thankyou Raisemeup! I’m beginning to think getting older is a real pain but as long as we can keep active the better we are! Hope you’re on the mend now - good luck with your run on Saturday. One thing I have taken on board is that there’s no shame in walking for a bit when you’re out running - embrace it if you need to! Happy running!

Knitruntalk profile image

Wow, it's lovely to hear you are able to get out running again. I have had a couple of re-starts after minor injuries and once after 2 months out with a bad cold and chest infection. I have got back to running 5k again but find I enjoy my running more but just getting out there with no real targets and ho with the flow. I am never going to he fast but I do enjoy just being able to move, and maybe turn a few heads when they see this grey haired old lady dxercising. Enjoy, and good luck.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Knitruntalk

Thanks Knitruntalk, yes I think as I progress I’ll probably do what you do - just go and do what I feel like. Although I may just want to get to 5, then 7, then 10 km again! We’ll see what happens!

Rowers profile image

Really admire your determination. I've just completed week 3, having restarted too.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Rowers

Thanks Rowers - the Bridge C25K team is getting larger by the day isn’t it! Enjoy!

JonathanP profile image

It has been a long road OGR, but great that you're back 'in the saddle' - not a very apt metaphor, but you know what I mean!😀

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP ! Hope you’re well, look forward to seeing you at ours or yours before too long!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Fine thanks - yes, you're welcome any time!

Thanks for the long post... I have faced none of the challenges that you have but still need to go back to the beginning. I predict ultra faffery for several weeks - you have encouraged me greatly.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Manicmum63

That’s good to hear Manicmum! It may be time to just embrace the faffery! But I’m not usually a faffer - it only seems to happen when I want to go for a run!

TailChaser profile image

Sorry I’m a bit late to respond OG but that is reeeeaaally good news 👍👍👏👏I hope it all continues well and, like cheeky, we hope we can join you on some runs soon 🥳

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC! Yes another meet-up must be on the cards sometime!

Fionamags profile image

Welcome back! Great to hear that you are running again. You will be back to your lovely, sociable breakfasts and park runs again in no time! It must be quite motivating to walk the route knowing that you can gradually chip away at it. Are you doing one of your c25k runs at the same time?

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

Thanks Fionamags! Yes, I’m looking forward to actually being able to run Parkrun again but even walking it, as I have been, the sociable breakfasts haven’t stopped😋! I probably won’t be including C25K runs into it just yet, mainly because I’ve been walking it with Coddfish as her new hip repairs so we’ve been taking it carefully - but as soon as we can, we will!

Wavy-chick28 profile image

Fabulous that you are back out there, determination 🥇

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Wavy-chick28

Thanks Wavy-chick28!

CBDB profile image

Helooo!! 👋🙋🏽‍♀️ Great to see your posts again, and what a fabulously inspiring read.

I’m currently also on the IC, my first longish IC stint since I became a regular runner almost 2 years ago! My oh my, the time flies by when you are a runner!

I’ve also come to the conclusion that redoing C25k is not stepping back but progressing forward. So I’ll rejoin you on the journey forward!

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to CBDB

Hi CBDB, thanks for that! I’m sorry to hear you’re still on the IC and hope you can get off it before too long! I’ll see you back on C25K!

Pianism profile image

Welcome back to running! There's something nice about just following the programme, isn't there? All the decision made for you except where to run. :)

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Pianism

Thanks Pianism! Yes, it’s good to have the decisions made for you! A 5 min warmup walk to the seafront, then either turn right or left to run along it and a 5 min walk home again to finish! Simples!

Woohoo indeed! And hip hip hooray as well. 😊👏🎉🏃🏻‍♀️

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

Thank you kindly over61!

Scruff55 profile image

Great news OGR nice to have you back. Take it slowly and run carefully and enjoy. You’ll soon be back to 10 k. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Scruff55

Thank you Scruff55 - fortunately, taking it slow is my standard pace! It may be a while till I have 10km in my sights but we’ll see how it goes!

Scruff55 profile image
Scruff5560minGraduate in reply to Oldgirlruns


So good to know you’re back and running. Sounds like you’ve had quite a number of challenges for one person so, well done you!!I have also started again, I’m doing w1r2 tomorrow.

I wish you all the best for your future runs. 😊😊

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Sisteract5

Thanks Sisteract5! I hope you enjoy your C25K rerun too!

buzzards profile image

Free from the IC at last.❤️‍🩹🤕 You'll be back to 5k and beyond in no time. Take it easy though.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to buzzards

Thanks buzzards! Yes, I promise I’ll be careful!

I’ve just read your amazing post and it’s inspired me to get back out there, I completed the programme last year and was really enjoying being able to run 5k at an advanced age! Due to various obstacles my running tailed off and I’m always threatening to go out and start again, but faffing wins and I haven’t done it. I’ve just put on my kit and I’m getting out there thanks to you!! Thank you for sharing xxx

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Mars56

Thank you Mars56! Week 2 started today and it was fine, I’m really enjoying it second time round - I hope you enjoy your running too! May the faffing continue!

You may also like...