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Injured (but relieved)

Was repeating W7R3 yesterday early am, getting near the end and dreaming of finishing then wallop - hit the floor. Tripped on raised (4/5cms) bit of ground so mustn't have been lifting my legs high enough as so tired. Still on the ground I was scared to move in case anything was broken. Slowly moved bits & bobs of my body and to my relief, everything worked - just. Elbow and hand grazed and bleeding with grit & dirt mixed in. OW! Really hurt. Couldn't get the dirt out with soaking so lovely nurse at GP surgery did it by scrubbing and tweezering - OWWW!!! (& gave me a tetanus injection into the bargain). All bandaged up, bruised and sore all over today but SO relieved it wasn't worse and I hadn't broken a wrist, shoulder or ankle.

Don't know if I'll make Monday's W8R1 as my knee's pretty sore but scared I'll lose my mojo if I don't keep going. Think I'll plan to do it within the week and do some fast walks in the meantime (paracetamolled-up if necessary). Feeling a bit sorry for myself, but could have been much worse, eh? And there's always Wimbledon to watch...πŸ˜‰

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I'm glad you're mostly intact. As you say, it could have been worse.

Just a thought, but if you're worried about losing your fitness (unlikely in just a week or so), but running still hurts, you could do stuff at home that doesn't load the knees. Like lots of abs, hips and glutes work perhaps?

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Yes - good idea, Mr D. Have dodgy knees anyway (arthritis and previous meniscus injury) so now's the time to strengthen the muscles around the knees, and the ankles and hips. Also need to try to run on grass rather than dirt track in future!!!

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Sorry to hear of your injury, it reminded me of what used to happen in the school playground about 55 years ago! hope the soreness goes off in a short while to resume, just restup you won't lose the fitness, but remember! Pickup your feet! I think a lot do it, I did when doing c25k and I sometimes hear my wife Slinky's feet drag when we are running and reminded her to pickup!😊

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But I was almost on my knees by then...!! I will concentrate on lifting my feet towards the end in future. Glad I'm not the only one who does it, Dave. πŸ™‚

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Aw hope you feel better soon and are back up to speed πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈI like you don't pick my feet up enough but run on playing fields - I've tried on paths once and the treadmill. Hope your run is a successful one πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

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Thanks C. Yes, I'll be on the playing field at the back of my house from now on, I think, though it's rock hard at the moment (but hopefully not covered in grit)!! Will have to go v early to avoid the dogs!!! 😳

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Ouch..that sounds like a nasty fall Jennifer..glad you are ok, just sore and stiff

You won't lose fitness by taking some days to recover, sometimes rest days help you come back stronger. So enjoy watching the tennis and feel better soon. x

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Cheers Jan. I'll set my alarm for the morning, but see how I feel.

Out of interest, as a grad, how often do you run these days?

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Three times a week. Mon, Wed and Friday. Mostly do 30 mins.

Sometimes do a c25k+ run, sometimes a week9 with Laura, sometimes my own music and have started working on B210k again (got to 51 mins last year) before I got a frozen shoulder which put me on the ic.

Really enjoy my running days and planning my runs...😊

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Also your knee might just be tissue damage rather than anything structural.... Battle scars from the C25K campaign. Take a couple of days and see how you go.... Its also very hot and watching Wimbledon might be just the tonic you need :)

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You're lucky. I LOVE the hour after a run but I can never say I enjoy the act. I hate the first 5-10 mins (like many) but although the breathing gets easier then, I am always glad to finish, counting down the minutes and just find it so hard. I am 58, mind, with kind of sore knees most of the time. But hey, people much older than me run and love it, so no excuses πŸ˜‰. I try to remember positive people like you when I'm trying to keep going, so glad you're out there. Happy πŸƒ running!! J

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I'm going to be 60 next month and graduated last month. So us 'oldies' are doing great. I also find the first 5-10 mins horrible ( but getting better 😳 I think). So empathise with you completely!! Let's just keep running πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ !!!

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Ah thank you.

πŸ˜„Im 57...πŸ˜† and in time that first 5 to 10 min problem does become easier.

I find following the progress of those doing the plan, plus making myself accountable by joining the quests is enough inspiration to keep going out the door. And yes, there are many older peeps doing amazing things...

We have invested too much to let things slide though haven't we.

Good luck with W8 when you feel up to it. xxx

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Cheers Jan (lovely dog and garden, by the way)!!!

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