Hey there guys/gals,
Following on from my last update...it's not great news, but also, not a major surprise for me to be honest. Let me explain...
I was expecting delivery of a treadmill way before Christmas (I ordered the damn thing on October 27th!) and that was hopefully going to give me some inspiration to keep up with the running as I was flagging a bit. With working night shifts and doing way too many hours I just wasn't ever in the mood to go out running and hoped that a treadmill indoors would help.
Well, now I will probably never know, because can you believe it, but the company I purchased the treadmill off let me down (for the 3rd time!) by not getting it sent out to me on the day they promised yet again. I had even postponed my Christmas break by one day to wait in especially for it. I had told them about this and so they promised me it would be there, but at 8pm that evening with no sign, I finally gave in and went off to visit my family for the Christmas period. Before I set off, I got onto my computer and sent an email to the company stating that they have let me down yet again, I'm very unhappy and it's now too late to deliver it and they can cancel the order. (The following afternoon while I was at my sisters which is at least 4 hours away from my home, I received a phone call from a Tufnells delivery driver saying, "I've got a parcel here for you mate"). Well, I told him he was 24 hours too late and they did know they were supposed to deliver it the day before at the latest, to which his only response was, "So, you don't want it then!!?" My answer was, "Yes, I *did* want it...but about 2 months ago. It's a bit late now! Besides, I'm over 4 hours away!"
Anyway, looking back, it's probably a good thing it wasn't delivered after all because as I mentioned in my last post, I was suffering with a constant pain in my right foot and a few days ago I managed to get in to my local doctors for advice. When I told them of my history, and what I had been up to for the last few months I was advised to stop the regular running!
Now I need to let everybody know on here that I was born with a thing called talapis (clubbed foot), and I was quite a rare case because I had it in both my feet, whereas it usually only effects one foot. I never wanted to tell the forum this because it looks like an excuse, but I need to say it now in order for people to understand where I'm at. Don't get me wrong, I am in *no way* looking for any kind of sympathy because I still consider myself to be a really lucky guy, and I say that because when I was born (in 1966), people born with this usually never walked properly ever again, and given that both feet were effected, all my family thought I was never going to walk unaided for the rest of my life. However, I was very lucky to have had pioneering surgery from one of the best surgeons in the world at the time who specialised in treating this birth abnormality. I was operated on at just 10 days old and again after about 18 months. I then had regular exercises done on my feet by my parents for a long time as well as regular checkups for a few years.
To this day, nobody would ever know I was born with talapis and almost all of the scar from the operations have disappeared now as well. However, it seems that when I'm running, I am putting more stress and strain on my tendons, and given that they aren't as strong as they would normally be, they just can't cope. So, while I am ok to run for short periods, I've been advised not to run as often as I have been.
So there we are folks...I am not actually sad, because as I had admitted on a few occasions before, I wasn't actually loving this running lark and only kept up with it through sheer determination to succeed in something I set out to do. (I was hoping like some others on the forum, that the love for running would eventually appear in the end if I kept up with it - One of the reasons I ordered that treadmill). I am very happy (and proud) of the fact that I achieved my goal in completing the C25K programme and I even actually managed to complete a 5k run, even though my feet felt like they just wanted to drop off and die afterwards!
One of the main reasons I chose the C25K plan was because I wanted to give my heart muscles a work out and get myself a bit healthier. I didn't do it to lose a load a weight (although, trying to get rid of my ever increasing belly did have it's appeal!) Well guys/gals, I have now found another way of getting similar exercise and I don't have to leave home to do it, so I can continue no matter what the weather is like! You are all wondering now what on earth it is that I am talking about aren't you? Well, I'm not telling! Hee hee. Only joking...it's good for morale! No, seriously, I have recently bought myself a VR (virtual reality) system for my computer. It's brilliant, and some of the things you can do on there will make your hair curl!! lol
So, I bid all you really lovely people on here farewell and would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that was there to give me the inspiration and encouragement I so desperately needed. Seriously, I would not have completed it without you all...THANK YOU so much!
All the very best with your future running (and/or whatever else you decide to do).
I love you all.