The Autumn of my short running career - Couch to 5K

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The Autumn of my short running career

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate

Today I have had to make the difficult decision to stop running - at least for the foreseeable future. You may have read in an earlier post that I had an op in December 2019 to rectify a bulging disc in my lower back - well it looks like it has re-bulged and I just daren’t take the risk to continue running despite wanting to.

I’ll be discussing it with my neurosurgeon in November via phone consultation but am not hopeful that I’ll get the go-ahead to start running again.

When I do eventually get the all clear I guess I’ll just graduate for a second time.

Enjoy your running and stay healthy.

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IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

That is tough, but you never know, you may well be back and there will be a welcome here.

Best wishes.

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thanks

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Sorry about you having to give up running, at least temporarily, I hope it won't be too long before you can resume as you obviously like to run.

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to AlMorr

I hope it won’t be too long as well 😉

Instructor57
Instructor57Graduate

That's tough !

Fingers crossed it's just a temporary set back 🤞

Peter44
Peter44Graduate

Sorry to hear your news, good luck, hope you'll be back running, when the time is right.

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to Peter44

Cheers Peter44

Sorry to hear this , you were doing so well and achieving both good distance and very good pace . Your runs always sounded so strong ( I’m just a plodding jogger , you were running 😂👌)

You will return to it and you’ll know you can do it 👌

Hope all goes well for you 🙏🙂

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to RacingintheStreet

Oh I’m so moved by your comment. Thank you

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to RacingintheStreet

Hey RacingintheStreet. I was not quite a runner but your comments were always supportive in getting me this far. Just hope it won’t be years before I’m back to where I was just last week.

Best wishes for your future running.

CazzaW
CazzaWGraduate

So sorry to hear that, how frustrating for you, and you were doing so well 🏃‍♂️but you’re doing absolutely the right thing in stopping...for now anyway 😊

Hope you will end up with a long term solution 🤞

At least you know you can do it so you’ll be psychologically ahead of the game when you come back 💪

Very best wishes and keep us updated if you feel you can 🙏 😊

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to CazzaW

Thank you. I’m sure I’ll be fine in time and I’ll get back to running.

nowster
nowsterGraduate

Sorry to hear that!

Getting your back sorted out is more important than running.

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to nowster

I’m beginning to think it’s not - which has got me worried 😦

That’s such a shame, i hope you can walk in that beautiful countryside

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

I’ll be crawling in this beautiful countywide if needs be 😂

WillowandSola
WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Wardlewunner

Well done, it must be really tough but your attitude and humor shine through

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

Hopefully they’ll keep me going 🙃

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

I definitely can and certainly will. Thank you.

Peggy63
Peggy63Graduate

A friend was in the same position as you just before lockdown.. her story might give you hope.. During lockdown she has worked with a personal trainer doing core strengthening exercise, particularly weights, and also Pilates. She has lost the weight she gained over months of pain and inactivity, her back pain has gone and she is back to her passion of gardening for many hours a day.. I know everyone is different, but I hope you can find something similar that works for you and gets you back to full activity.. good luck..🤗

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to Peggy63

Thank you Peggy63. It’s very reassuring to hear of others overcoming similar things.

jwillmac
jwillmacGraduate

Ohhhh, that's such bad news , perhaps your consultant will have an answer , again. Platitudes, I know but I'm a plodder , but I feel now I would miss it if I couldn't. Best wishes to you ❤

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to jwillmac

Thanks

GoogleMe
GoogleMeGraduate

Ouch... get all the information about all the options (not all running is equal), and remember there are risks with *not* running too.... so if the answer is no, some follow-up questions about how you are going to look after your fitness safely are to be asked.

(Specialists tend to be specialists... I remember being referred to rheumatology by gastro-enterology, primarily because the therapy for the joint issues might mess with the gastro's preferred organs)

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

Cheers

Oldwoman65
Oldwoman65Graduate

Sorry to hear that. Maybe some time in the future you'll be able to get back to running. Try not to get down about it

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to Oldwoman65

Thanks - I hope so.

Tillybeach
TillybeachGraduate

Sorry to hear that. Hope you are back on your feet again soon. Speedy recovery 🏃‍♀️

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to Tillybeach

Thanks- hopefully it will be months rather than years!

Hi

How about cyclng, if it doesn't aggravate your back problems?

No impact at all and very little upper body movement.

I've met many cyclists who used to be runners till their knees and sometimes hips gave way.

All the best!

Alps

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate

I cycle a bit - I refer to myself as a bikler rather than a cyclist - I have an ebike and avoid steep hills (not easy when I live by the two highest public roads in England!), but yeah, I should bikle more! Thanks for prompting me!

MinnieMoo55
MinnieMoo55Graduate

Regardless of giving up running for now it sounds as though you’re having a rough time of it as back pain affects pretty much everything you do 😔

I hope you get some answers in November which allow you to keep exercising with the hope of getting back to running in the future.

I agree with a previous post that at if you’ve done the programme once, you know you can do it again. I know that’s probably not much of a positive right now but at least it’s something to hang on to 😊

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to MinnieMoo55

Thanks MinnieMoo55. In the words of Arnie “I’ll be back”.

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to MinnieMoo55

Thanks MinnieMoo55. Graduating twice is definitely a goal.

Sorry to hear that. Hope all goes well with the surgeon x

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to Thisoneistrying

Thanks.

Wardlewunner
WardlewunnerGraduate in reply to Thisoneistrying

Thanks

Hope you’re not in too much pain before you recover. The parks and grounds will be there when you’re back. Have a safe recovery.

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