Hi all, haven't posted for a long time, although I've been sticking my nose into other people's posts without so much as a by-your-leave.
I graduated back in June, did a park run, consolidated, felt brilliant, and then a few weeks later did my foot in, in a non-running-related incident. (ok I got my foot caught under a rocking chair runner, don't ask) and doctor told me not to run until it healed. It took weeks of gp visits, x-ray, etc, to establish that it was ligament damage aggravated by the beginnings of arthritis - Oh joy- , and if I was a good girl I could run on it without causing further damage. IF I took it very slowly stopping at the first twinge.
So, I have been very carefully working my way back up, only running for 5 minutes, then 7, then 6 plus 5, I used the c25k table to work out my own recovery plan. Wearing compression socks really helped support my foot. It took a long time, because I lost a lot of the fitness I had built up. I also needed more recovery time between runs, and I still only go twice a week at the most.
AND, I have finally run for 30 minutes without stopping!! Since you ask, it was for 34 minutes and 4 seconds. I am beyond proud.
I realise that I need to keep as mobile as I can, it's always going to be a fine balance between what I want to do and what my foot can withstand, so I won't be going for 10k any time soon. But maybe I'll head back to parkrun soon, and at least get that 5k ticked off again. Anyone else out there running with arthritis got any tips for me?
Thanks for reading, you lovely lot.