A revived new runner!!

After doing a Race for Life, I lost enthusiasm. Then I got hit by a stroke 18 months ago. But, but, but I'm on Week 4 now and LOVING it - and have entered for a Resolution run for the Stroke Association.

I don't understand why I stopped (stroke apart!) I have a slightly gammy leg now, and tend to kick the ankle on my good side which is a bit of a pain - any suggestions?

I find I'm answering Laura, and then muttering blast, damn, blast as I run and kick!


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8 Replies

  • Good for you ! It's really inspiring that you are back with the programme after having a stroke. I am sure you will do well, you must be very determined. Laura must be unshockable - I am sure we have all said some very rude things to her on our journeys through C25K !! Good luck - let us know how you are getting on.

  • I've surprised myself with the level of determination not to be beaten! thank you for your support, Have been out today, a lovely calm sunshine filled day. Bit of a cliche, but I'm glad to be alive!

  • Gosh, you have been through a lot but I admire you for returning to running. Is the kicking leg caused by the stroke? If you haven't already done so then maybe your consultant could help with suggestions. Have you had a proper gait analysis done for shoes?

    Good luck with the rest of the programme and keep posting here.

  • I did get my gait checked when I bought my shoes, but it is definitely different now. I think I might go back to Run and get them to look at me again. And the more i run, the less I seem to be kicking myself, although it is worse when I get to the end of the runs and am more tired. But I'll keep going - I live very near the coast, and have the joy of the sea air .... and it's fairly flat!!!

    Thank you for taking the time to reply to me.

  • If the kicking is stroke-related then maybe a physio referral could help? (Even if you have to wait a while it might be worth asking your GP to refer you.)

    Good for you for getting back into it!

  • Hadn't though about physio - I had some for the first few weeks but it would probably be worth a go. I have weakness on my right side - at first i couldn't write, and humiliatingly had to use a zimmer frame! But I have been amazed at the level of determination I have found.

    And I knew I'd get support from this community - I had it before when I first started running and graduated.

    Thank you for your support, and for taking the time to reply

  • Wow, that's simply inspiring that you are back to running. Can't offer any advice on top of what's already been suggested but well done for getting back out there and please let us know how you're getting on!

  • Will do xxxx

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