Not quite back to running . . . yet

Not quite back to running . . . yet

Well hello to all my friends out there. Having built up to 6.7km, I fractured my tibia last December towards the end of a run and I have been on crutches for six and a half months. However, my crutches, fondly named Howard and Hilda, have been returned to A&E, as I am now allowed to drive again, cycle (but not standing up out of the saddle) and walk up to 20 minutes each day. I have biceps and triceps like Fatima Whitbread and left thigh muscles which have definitely withered. So, I look a bit odd, it has to be said, and I am therefore on the recuperation stage of my recovery, building up my muscle slowly, swimming gently and still smiling. :)

So, for any newbies out there, please take heed . . . build up your distance slowly and steadily. You know you are only supposed to increase your distance by a maximum of 10% each week. Keep a cumulative total of your distance. Mine crept up on me and before I realised, I had increased my running distance by 35% from the previous week, hence the stress fracture. I had moved from C25K to B210K that week, but it coincided with me running faster (perhaps I had suddenly become fitter!) and therefore I was covering more K with each run.

Hope to be back running again next year, but in the meantime, happy running all of you. It's just the best, isn't it? XXX :)


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  • Wishing you a speedy recovery and thank you for the reminder.๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you Running-girl :)

  • Having just graduated that's a timely warning for me. Good luck with the continued recovery.

  • Thank you SCB1 :)

  • Congratulations on your graduation! That's brilliant news! x

  • Flossie..YEAY!!!!!!!

    Here you are again!!! Lovely to have your smiley face and posts back again.I have missed you!

    The muscle thing is weird isn't it.. some bits superstar size and some all pathetically wimpish! But they all work!!! You have had quite a time... I am back on the IC again too!!! Oh joy...:)

    As ever, sweetie, a great post and for you... steady and slow maybe ? :) xxxx

  • I know, slow and steady, that's me 'cos it has to be! :) xxx

    How come you are on the IC? What has happened to you? :(

  • Morning flossie! Nice to see you back and making significant progress! It sounds like you're properly the road to recovery now! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Hi aliboo70! Yes I am! How are you? And your brother? When is your next super run? :)

  • Morning! Paul is apparently taking me and Sue out for 11miles on Sunday. Nothing official booked in but there is the IW half marathon next month maybe! We have a jaunt up Culver cliff tomorrow night with club could be interesting not one I've tried before! ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Wow! 11 miles on Sunday, that sounds very impressive Ali. IW HM would be great to do too. Hmm Culver Cliff jaunt . . . a bit hilly? Good luck for all. xxx


    We have to get to the pointy thing at the top and then hopefully down a bit . Boz has done it a few times but I've not tried yet!

    At least I will have Sue for back up on sunday so hope he will be kind to us! x

  • Of course he will be kind! You'll get to the pointy thing at the top, don't you worry, Ali! x :)

  • I should know whats its called really! Thanks flossie !๐Ÿ˜Š

  • I think it's the Yarborough Monument! :) xx

  • However, I do prefer "Pointy Thing" :) xx

  • yes its very descriptive! i shall have to take a photo! i haven't been up there for years! :)

  • Morning Flossie, great to hear from you! Glad recovery is going ok and you are getting back your freedom.

    Slow and steady is still the mantra. Hope you are soon back to river walks and then those runs you love!

  • Thank you Millsie-J How are you getting on? I'm coaching on the river at the moment, in between work, which is lovely. I am picking up a great sun tan, looks as though I have been abroad! Putting on that sun tan lotion though. :)

  • Hello Flossie, how lovely to see you here again. I've missed your fab posts ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blimey, you have been through it haven't you? This has been a good test of your patience but those biceps and triceps will push your running like nothing before when you do get out there again.

    It is so easy to push too much especially as newly graduated runners (guilty myself โ˜น๏ธ) There have been loads here on recent months and I fear some of them won't run again so your post is a great cautionary tale.

    Wishing you a good recovery and I look forward to your first "I am running" post ๐Ÿค—

  • Thank you IP. Lovely to hear back from you too! Happy running to you! X :)

  • Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹

    Sorry to hear of your painful injury! Ouch ๐Ÿ˜ซ I hope you will be back to running soon

    Meanwhile make the most of the lovely weather ๐Ÿ˜ƒ It will help your healing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hello Wobble! How are you? I have been enjoying the sunshine in between work! Though it was a little stormy last night, wasn't it! How is your running going? xx

  • I am doing ok. Got a race tomorrow night ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    I had months out with a serious shin splint but the physio does,sort it out. I cycled once the inflammation had subsided. Deffo no standing on the pedals ๐Ÿ™‚ Get off and push rather than do too much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ooh a race tomorrow night - good luck with that MW. Sorry to hear about your shin splint problem, but glad to hear that you are better now. :) I do live up a little hill and I am considering pushing my bike up it, as I think, despite sitting on the saddle, it's still hard work in first gear for my old bones! LOL, so good point about getting off and pushing instead! Thank you :) xxx

  • Hi there, glad your on the mend. Take it easy and you'll be back out there building those thighs before you know it. Great advice, always need a reminder on that one in the forum. I myself have to be careful as I'm slowly building up my distance again,

  • Thank you RFC. That is good to hear that you are building up your distance again, slowly - very sensible! :)

  • I know it's a bit of a faff getting on and off but you can't be pressurising the leg too much at this point. Gradual increase in what you are doing exercise wise is best. I think by now you will know what's best as you do hurt don't you ๐Ÿ˜ž I could barely walk at various points so I was never going to push things. my return to running after months of,physio was just for three mins every third day It soon builds back up though, and it felt great to be back out and doing

    Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Flossie! Good to see you back! Don't think you need much telling, you know how to build up!๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Thank you Dave! :) How is Slinky? Hope you are both keeping well. Looking forward to using all my new running gear I received last Christmas. Perhaps after this Christmas! :)

  • Hi Flossie, lovely to hear from you.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Its eye-opening how long it can take to recover from a running injury like yours, I'm sorry to hear that you have been on crutches for so long...๐Ÿ˜

    A timely reminder for new graduates not to race ahead of themselves, thank you for posting this.

    Wishing you a happy summer out by the river coaching your rowers and steadily getting stronger...๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Thank you Jan! How are you getting on with your running? Xx

  • Great thank you. Doing 3 x 30+(a few) mins per week and enjoying it.๐Ÿ˜Šxxx

  • Gosh Flossie22, you really have had a rough old time of it haven't you? Really glad that things are progressing for you though and that you are now able to become a bit more active again. Once a runner always a runner though, and I am sure you will get back to what you love. Best of luck.๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you Sandra! How's your running going? ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Er, well! ๐Ÿ˜ฎI peaked in March I think, when I ran the Bath Half Marathon and had a wonderful time! Unfortunately it's been a bit stop - start ever since!. First a small (elective) op and then a little later a horrid virus which turned into an infection which took ages to shake off, the cough from which gave me a bad back and sciatica from which I am now trying to recover!! It left me with weakness in my left leg which is gradually resolving but progress is frustratingly slow! Not run properly for about 5 weeks but had my first 'test run' at the weekend. It was great to run again, however slow and short it was! Have to build back up slowly now while my leg recovers.๐Ÿ˜ฎ I am determined to get back to where I was but how long that will take, we will see. Slow and steady is my plan at the moment!๐Ÿ™‚ Like you,I miss it desperately when I am not able to run. Nothing makes me feel the way a good run does!๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Well, congratulations on your Bath HM! That's fantastic news! Sorry to hear you've had a little blip, but you're coming back from it and will be even stronger I'm sure. Test runs are great. It doesn't matter how slow or how short, if it's a run, it makes you feel so good! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Great to see you back on here - glad you are on the mend! And with a timely reminder about the 10% percent rule. I broke it the other night, and was quite sore the following day - fortunately it seems to have sorted itself out with an extra days rest and backing off the distance the next run, but it did make me think! No matter how keen we are to get to a certain distance or time, the 10% rule is there for a reason!!!


  • Oh goodness, well looks like you are lucky then! But do take it carefully, and I am glad you're backing off the distance on the next run. Very wise! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Happy running ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • Good luck with the rest of your recovery. ๐Ÿ€

  • Thank you Maddie! How are you doing?

  • Ah my dear running buddy Flossie so lovely to see you writing such wonderful words of wisdom & you are such an inspiration to us all & you will be back out running "gently" before you know it!! Ive missed you & a lot of the regulars who helped me so much first time round & so good to see them in your replies brings back lots of memories & good advise! Most moved on to 10k & i am slowly building back up to my 5k again & heeding your advice & you also inspired me to get my bike out again!! Needed a few cobwebs brushed off๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚you take extra special care of yourself you are a treasure & an inspiration to this forum good to see you are back you can keep me going x๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Oh now PC59, how lovely to hear from you! Glad to hear that you are building back up to your 5k and cycling too! I'd better get baking those mince pies so I can attach them to my Santa hat at this Christmas park run for you to follow! Though you'd probably have to walk round if you were following me! There would be no PBs for you that day! ๐Ÿ˜‚ XX

  • Id give up a pb just for one of your mince pies๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚good aim for me๐Ÿ˜‰xx

  • LOL PC59 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚xx

  • Ouch!

  • Ouch that sounds painful. Hope the recovery continues and you will be running again soon.

  • Thank you Vonnie! Happy running to you! :)

  • Good to hear from you and looking forward to when you run with us again :)

  • I don't know how I missed this when you posted it!

    I've been wondering about you recently. Glad the crutches have gone & you have permission to begin exercise again. Hope the rest of your recovery goes smoothly.

  • Thank you Davoda! How are you and how's your running? Just won a ladies doubles final at our local regatta yesterday. So pleased as it's the 150th anniversary of the regatta, so quite special. Just come back off the water having moved loads of boats upstream, punts, skiffs, canoes, dinghies, I think I have caught the sun. It took just over three hours!

  • Sounds very special.

    My running was hampered firstly by injury for 3 months, and then when I got my fitness back by a virus for 3 weeks! Every time I get to 10k & PB at Parkrun, something happens! Anyway back again & in the meantime done lots of volunteering at Parkrun! - which has been great, I've loved that,

  • Great to volunteer ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป I hope you stay well and enjoy your running for many years without any more hiccups. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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