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