Running is wonderful!

Running is wonderful!

It's raining and cold but I am one happy bunny.

Since January I have been in plaster due to and unfortunate slip on the ice. The plaster is coming off on Friday which will be great as i am looking forward to getting back to driving and doing things two handed, never mind the bathing and showering!

I had been advised by the consultant NOT to run, mostly due to the potential for falling and breaking something else. This is sound advice. But as some of you may know advice I chose to ignore, to some extent.

Isn't it funny the way things turn out though? I had planned to carry on running, gently, but more or less carry on as before. For a week or so after the break I didn't chance running at all as the pain was prohibitive.

On January 29th I went out for a short run, just 20 minutes to see how things were going, all fine. I went out two days later for an interval run, again, all fine. Then on the second of Feb i decided to try the Stamina. I was taking it easy and I felt good, my arm was okay, all limbs intact. I don't know how many of you have tried the 5k+ stamina run but what you have to do is increase your tempo/speed towards the end of the run. I have got to say I was flying. I felt like a goddess, no exaggeration! It was wonderful.

What do they say? Pride comes before a fall? Well it wasn't quite a fall, but i did pull up very short with 2 minutes to go. I had pulled a muscle in my calf.

So there I was completely crest fallen. I had to limp home. I could have cried, in fact I think I did. I don't need to tell you all what running means to me, you all know what it means to all of us. To add insult to injury, or maybe injury to injury I then pulled a muscle in my neck. for the next week I was not a pretty sight. Misery.

I was really worried I had a serious calf strain but after 7 days it started to feel better. After 9 days I decided once again to go out for a VERY gentle jog. It was supposed to be two 10 minute with a 3 minute walk in between. Will I ever learn? I ran through the 3 min walk and once again felt pretty good. This time when I felt a slight pain in my calf I stopped immediately. I hadn't pulled it badly but it was enough to stop me running for another week or so with the fear of doing more damage.

So maybe this was my comeuppance for ignoring sound medical advice.

And now we come to today. Isn't it a lovely day? Grey sky. Drizzle. Wind. Love it! As you may well imagine. I got up early this morning. Set the alarm for 6:15am. Jumped up and was out of the door quick as a flash. Only a minor setback, explaining to an 8 year old where I am going, when I will be back, no you can't come with me...

It was a lovely gentle run. No Laura. I had planned to go back to week 6 but my headphones are playing up so though I'd go with my ears tuned to nature, or cars and posties at least.

5mins warm up, 15 min run, 5 min warm down. It was great. No strains, arm fine, leg fine, neck fine. I feel like I have come home. :D

P.s I have been bathing, I'm not that smelly. Its just a one handed job!


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15 Replies

  • Fantastic blog Tish, great to read your comeback run went well.

  • Thanks Fingalo. Its great to be back. Looks like I'll be playing catch up for some time to come. :)

  • Whoop whoop welcome back! Missed you. Well done on what sounds like a lovely run. You have been through so much in a short time so you have dome amazingly to keep going bloody well done!

    Jems x

  • Thank you Jems, you made me smile! I really appreciate your support. Its great to be back! Tx

  • Sorry to hear you've had such a time of it. It's lovely to see you back again. :)

  • Thanks Greenlegs! Did you manage to get to Newbold last week? I had a walk around there last week then we hopped off to Stanage edge for a brisk walk in lieu of a run. Brrrr it was cold! :)

  • I've been round it twice now, once with two 2-min walks, yesterday all in one go (but missed the end and did an extra bit by mistake!) Took 50 and a bit first time, and 48 min (for 5k) yesterday. Getting there very gradually! I loved it, even though I couldn't catch up with a dog walker - bane of my running they are!

    Ooh, I love Stanage edge - but by golly, tis breezy up there! Makes you feel like a filmstar if you stand near the edge and wave your arms though. :D

  • Oh dear, sorry to hear about your fractures and strains. I hope this restart is the end of such nonsense!

  • Me too! I am not intending to get injured for quite some time. Fingers crossed. X

  • Glad your arm is out of plaster now Tricia and are back out running! Enjoy! :)

    Sue x

  • Nearly Sue, plaster comes off on Friday. But the running was great. Not even a tiny bit of tightness or niggles. So fingers crossed! X

  • Ah ha, misread it as Friday gone but you have something to look forward to which is good. Great there are no niggles :) x

  • Yay, you're back! Just go steady with all those niggles though. I'm so glad you're running again, and as for feeling like a goddess, wonderful :)

    I know what you mean about the plaster cast. My 14 yo daughter fractured her wrist while snowboarding and bath time has reverted to how it used to be 12 years ago, with me having to wash the bits she can't reach and her complaining that I'm getting shampoo in her eyes :D Not quite sure who will be happier when the cast comes off!

  • Thanks Annie! I am hoping to build back up to goddess status... may take some time! watch this space ;)

  • Catchy blog title and so glad I read it!!

    What determination - just what us non grads need to read.

    Here's a *high five* for doing your next run niggle and cast free!

    Ali :-)

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