First off, I have missed you guys, and I have also missed my running, having been out of action for 5 weeks. The good news is that my Masters is finished; dissertation handed in on Tuesday, and I'm now recovering from that, and a sore throat (probably picked up from being run down, and working through several nights to get it finished.)
After my 10k race on July 20th, my calves and achilles' got progressively worse so I decided to let them recover for about two weeks, however they didn't getting any better, and sitting at my desk writing all day wasn't helping. After 4 weeks, I paid to see a sports physio (best £40 I've spent in a while) who told me that I'd got a bad calf sprain on both legs, but the right leg was really bad. The bad news is, it might take about 8 weeks to heal, but she gave me the relevant torture needed to get me on my way.
On Wednesday I spent an hour on another couch whilst a young, and very handsome, man fiddled with my pelvis, toes, and ankles. Some women would pay for this, but luckily, Gareth, my podiatrist, comes free on the NHS I was seeing him about a problem with my feet (my second toes are too long and the joint is too far forward which puts a lot of stress on the ball of my foot) and we got chatting about running and my injury. He is a runner too, so he knew exactly how frustrating it was not being able to get out. Anyway the upshot of all his prodding and poking, is that my right leg is quite a bit longer than my left, and he said that since my running distances had increased, it is likely that my wonky legs were making me pronate on one side, causing the problem with calf on right side. He said that my lower back discomfort was probably also due to this. Shame I didn't have this info 30 years ago! So he sent me home with half a Sven-Goran Eriksson kit (insole for you youngsters!) to make my left leg match my right. He is quite confident that when my injury has healed, this will help prevent future strain.
So at the moment I am feeling very frustrated. I haven't put any weight on, but I feel flabby and lethargic. My mojo has gone and it has made me realise just how fantastic running is for my general wellbeing. I miss that elated (and knackered) feeling from having pushed myself, and am worried about how much my overall fitness and stamina has been affected. BUT, I am not giving up, and am now using this time to try and get a job, attack my calf muscles with a foam roller and and I think I will do some kind of home fitness plan to keep myself from getting too out of shape. (Any suggestions?)
So until business is resumed, I am enjoying all your fantastic and motivational posts, and am counting on you guys to cheer me up