I just wanted to encourage those of you returning from injury or put off by niggles etc that perseverance pays off. When I look back to when I started C25k I could barely walk due to shin splints but proper gait analysis and new shoes sorted that and I just kept pushing through the pain. Last Summer 6 weeks of physio for a hip problem and no running, but I picked up and then did my first marathon in Paris in April this year!
I have just spent a difficult Summer with Achilles tendinitis but with a lot of eccentric heel drop exercises I'm 80% there.
So- yesturday morning I went out and thrashed out a 5k at 5.40 AM. I totally loved it, everything felt right and I did it in 29.39... Happy is an understatement, I haven't had a sub 30 for over 6 months now.
So the moral of juicyju's little tale is DONT GIVE UP. We run to feel alive and to feel passion and life thumping through our veins...there will be setbacks and our bodies fail us as we get older ( I've just turned 45 which is a lot in Panther years) but we mostly have control over our minds to focus, persevere and allow us to live to our fullest..... I don't believe there is any injury or niggle that we cannot work at, resolve or overcome to obtain what is truly within our bodies reach....
Me in the pic v v happy having just finished my 5k -still dark, but so alive!!