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Hanging up my running shoes

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Deborahchick46Graduate

I'm afraid to say that I am going to hang up my running shoes and give up running. I haven't been posting as many posts but have been running regular.

I had a small fall about a month ago. I went back out and I was fine.

Then on Monday morning I went out and ended up in A and E and had to have my nose and top lip repaired by the maxillofacial surgeons . Monday night I didn't get any sleep because I was to scared to close my eyes.

I feel a bit better today but I'm still 100 percent sure that running isn't for everyone.

I want to thank you all for your support during my time here . You are all so lovely and caring. I wish you all happy running. Stay safe love Deb's XXX

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So sorry to hear that I hope have a speedy recovery x

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to Unfit83

Thank you xx

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uncle_wiggyGraduate

I'm stumped for words debs, I graduated just this morning so this is a hard read tonight. I feel for you so much but understand why you feel like you do.

Hopefully you will keep getting out there and enjoy some long and beautiful walks, keeping fit & feeling better and more confident.

Take really good care and never say never to a possible return if or when you feel it's right.

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to uncle_wiggy

Please don't be put off . I loved running. At the moment I am just scared. You will be fine. Just keep enjoying your journey.thank you for your kind words xx

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Jay66UKGraduate

Oh no!

Sorry to read this. I completely understand why you’ve come to this conclusion. I hope you find something you can get enjoyment and exercise from.

Take care of yourself and be happy x

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks Jay. Hope you are still running and getting excited about gadgets and gizmos for running. Xx

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Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Deborahchick46

Still running. I had a three week bump where work, a hectic trip away and then flu stopped me.

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to Jay66UK

Hope you are okay now

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GetfitokGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

Glad you’re still running, not heard from you in a while 👍

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ButtercupKidGraduate

So sorry to hear about your accident, Debs. We’ll miss you ! Hope you get well really soon and find an exercise plan that helps instead of breaking you ! Have fun, whatever you end up doing x

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to ButtercupKid

Thank you. I'm going to take up eating cake, walking and swimming xx

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ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to Deborahchick46

Sounds like a great plan ! Hope it all goes well x

That’s so sad, and you’re very sweet to post on here and tell us.

Get better soon, take care of yourself and here’s to a positive future finding something else you can enjoy safely. 👍😀

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you xx

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate

Oh no. Hope you’re all healed soon and that you find a different way of having fun and keeping fit. You did C25K, you can do anything. Good luck.

Deborahchick46 profile image
Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you, walking and swimming from here on. Xx

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AlMorrGraduate in reply to Deborahchick46

Sorry about that Deborahchick46, perhaps as you are no longer running you could take of cycling in addition to walking, swimming and eating cakes, I have cycled since age 7 but only took up running with C25K 5 weeks before I was 72 and graduated just over 3 weeks after I was 72, I still enjoy cycling.

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to AlMorr

I'm not a huge fan of cycling to be honest. But thank you for your kind words

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Maggie1973Graduate

Debs have you thought about a running machine? I fell too and lost my confidence- I got a running machine and started up again- I miss being outside but still get to run.

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to Maggie1973

No not thought about a running machine. Haven't really got enough space.

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MikeJones68Graduate

Sorry to read this. I don't know what I'd do if I had to give up running after finding it has helped me in so many ways. Can't you run somewhere that the ground is soft?

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to MikeJones68

Thank you for your kind words. Not sure really where would be soft enough

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MikeJones68Graduate in reply to Deborahchick46

Do you have a park nearby? We are lucky to have one with lots of trails which are soft underfoot. Much more forgiving than paving slabs and curbs.

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Dexy5Graduate

Hello Deborahchick46,

I’m sorry to hear about your fall. Especially as you hurt yourself in that way. I too had a fall recently and I know that feeling as you are flying through the air wondering how this is going to end up. I ended up gouging my forearm on a sharp stone and being taken to minor injuries clinic. 3 weeks later it is still being dressed by my GP practice. So I understand the pain and the dread, and being hurt on the face is much worse.

In my instance I know exactly what caused the trip but if you don’t know what made you fall it is more worrying.

I am back running again now and in time you may feel more confident to get back out there again . But if not, I wish you all the best and hope that you will continue the good work you have started by doing an activity that gives you pleasure and keeps you fit.🤕

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to Dexy5

Thank you . I hope your arm recovers soon xx

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misswobbleGraduate

Oh dear that’s a shame. I hope you heal up fine. I think I you will but it is a shock 😟

However,,you could change your mind and running is always there for you😃

I’ve had one bad fall where my face took the brunt and took months of dentists visits I had another one recently and ended in Casualty with hand injuries. I was spooked by it for a week or so. Having thought about it though I could fall Any time, anywhere, any how 🤷‍♀️ I love doing it and have decided the negatives outweighs the positives 🙂

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to misswobble

Thank you xx

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MargoblueGraduate

Oh dear .. can understand the fear of falling totally ! Please don’t give up the exercise though , I think that you will miss it. There are other ways to remain fit and running machine or a gym membership ( if you can afford either) is a good idea? Or run only with someone else for a bit? Just to get your confidence back?

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to Margoblue

Thank you. I'll try walking and swimming for now. Maybe next year take a look at running again xx

Ouch! I'm so sorry you fell and hurt yourself, sounds really scary. I'm always terrified of tripping when I go downstairs; nobody seems to understand why I come down them so gingerly hanging on to the handrails.

I empathise with your decision completely, but it is such a pity to have to give up something you love. I hope you regain your confidence - maybe in the Spring with the better weather? In any event, I hope you feel better soon, and any bumps and bruises heal themselves quickly.

All the best from windy North Wales,

Nia x

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to Languid_Lil

Feeling much better than I was. Thank you xx

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Mrun1Graduate

I'm so sorry to read this. I'm sure the worry and fear of it all was awful. I hope you make a speedy recovery and find something else you can replace running with.

I personally really enjoy yoga (I'm no expert) also spinning or cycling might be something you can enjoy.

Feel better, rest and relax. You're making the right decision for yourself 😊

xxx

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to Mrun1

Thank you xx

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Jell6Graduate

That sounds like a very nasty injury, and I can understand your fear of it happening again.

On a positive note the fitness that you have gained is still there for whatever your next exercise choice is.

Good luck and get well soon. X

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Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to Jell6

Thank you xx

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