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Been absent but hope to get back out there

Oldgirl profile image

Well its a good while since I posted on here and much longer since my last run I'm ashamed to say.

I suffered with the worst chest infection I've had for many years, it lingered on and on and took 4 lots of antibiotics to clear up. I was still popping the tablets still when I went off on holiday to Mexico for two weeks, taking my running gear with me though. However the heat out there and humidity was beyond my poor lungs capabilities to run outside. I thought I would try the gym in the hotel which was very well equipped but the AC in there was turned down so low it took my breath away, so it was also a no, no. So I'm back not having run for over 6 weeks, I've piled on the pounds too which won't help one bit, the lack of exercise has made me feel sluggish and OLD, unlike former self. So I have a mountain to climb!!!

I have booked my first class at the gym tomorrow morning and Saturday I will do a jog/walk session and see what happens, wish me luck folks I think I'm going to need it ;)

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Beek profile image

Oh, you poor thing! I'm so sorry to hear of all your ailments. But knowing your determination I'm sure you will pick up very soon! I'm not going out because of a nasty chest infection and not run for a week now. Hoping to get out over the weekend but I'm not pushing very hard!

Hope you are soon on the mend! I had begun to wonder where you had gone.

Good luck at the gym!

Glad to hear your on the mend old girl, good luck at the gym .

I am glad to hear that you are getting better and feeling ready to get back into it. Remember to take it slow as your body will be feeling very delicate and go easy on yourself. I am sure it will not take you long till you are feeling your positive self again. Just remember you inspire so many people on this site, remember to keep a bit back for yourself. Good luck.

Oldgirl, so sorry to hear you've been so unwell. Go carefully, won't you, and I hope that it won't seem too long before you're back on form!

Fitfor60 profile image

Don't be ashamed you havnt been running -- like just gets in the ways sometimes But you should be really proud of yourself as you havnt given up and will soon be back out there running It might take a wee while to get back in the swing of things but you will get there and remember we are all here to support you

Slowworm profile image

Sorry to hear that oldgirl, I hope you were able to enjoy your hols in between the running? You are always so encouraging to everyone else here, it's a shame to hear you've been down.

Just think you've missed 6 weeks, but some people miss 6 decades of running, or more! You'll soon be back to your former fitness and won't even know you've been away, now what was it you told me? Positive pants on! Good luck and don't pressure yourself.

Oldgirl profile image
OldgirlGraduate in reply to Slowworm

Haha thats funny you saying '6 decades' cos thats just about what I missed!! I started running three weeks before my 60th birthday never having run before. I believe you are never too old to learn new things. :)

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SlowwormGraduate in reply to Oldgirl

And making up for lost time! sorry oldgirl, didn't come out quite the way I meant it, good luck getting restarted.

Oldgirl profile image
OldgirlGraduate in reply to Slowworm

Don't be sorry, its very true there are lots of people missing out a what I think is a good way to keep fit, I just regret not trying it much earlier in my life.

c4ts profile image

Go OldGirl you will get back into it. Wish I had your PMA as have been feeling down because I hate the cold weather and apart from a couple of runs and Parkrun now nearly 2 weeks ago have not been out.

deb54 profile image

Old girl, keep posting so we can support you back to fitness.

Welcome back and good luck with starting up again - hope you enjoy it :)

Floe profile image

Good luck. Take it as it comes. Just like an advanced/refresher C25k I guess. Did it once will be done again. We are all here for you xx

SexyBexy profile image

You're back and that's the best bit. I tried C25K a good long while back and bailed at week 5. Take it easy and you'll soon be updating us with all your successes. Keep us posted!

OldNed profile image

There's no keeping a Good Old Girl down; you'll be back. We have every confidence in you.

Oldgirl profile image
OldgirlGraduate in reply to OldNed

Ooohhh Ned you say the nicest things - will pay you later sunshine ;)

gypsydepp profile image

I wondered where you'd got to!

Sounds really grim, what you've been going through.

I'm on week 2 of a nasty chest infection, just waiting to feel better, haven't run for 17 days, not that I'm counting.

Will follow your recovery and progress, take great care.

You are our "wise-woman"!


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OldgirlGraduate in reply to gypsydepp

Take it easy gypsydepp a chest infection can be grim as I know only too well. I seem to get them every year at the start of the winter but this year was a real stinker, worst I've had for a decade or more. Every time the antibiotics were finished it took hold again, however I think I'm sorted at last. I just need to get my body working and strength and stamina built back up which I know is going to take a while.

Anniemurph profile image

Sorry you've been poorly - I hope all is well now. You'll be back into it faster than you know, just take it gently to start with and you'll soon be back up to speed :)

Oldgirl profile image

Thanks to everyone for your kind words and encouragement, it will take me a while I know but hopefully my running days are not at an end yet. I've done C25K twice and hope I won't have to do it a 3rd time but I won't know until I try to run. So Sunday all being well with the weather I will put on the gear and step out and see what I can do, it will be a run/walk outing but I hope to be able to cover 3-4K, just need good weather conditions (no strong wind & rain).

waletta profile image

So lovely to have you back. Just think what you'd advise us to do if we were in your position & you'll soon be up & running (and following your own advice you'll be doing it sensibly.)

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