If I were a horse they'd shoot me!

Apparently the nagging pain that developed a day after I smugly ran a Parkrun PB in York at the end of December is due to a totally collapsed arch on my left foot and a dropped navicular bone. Three weeks rest, two physio appointments and a podiatrist examination later I have a high custom-made orthotic in my shoe and have finally been given permission to restart my training plan for the Manchester marathon in April. Mind you that's only because after four pre-epidural births I have a pain threshold and managed to convince the physio that it doesn't hurt anymore when he squeezes my posterior tibial tendon. I know, I know, I really should listen to my body, but at my age my body is constantly telling me it can't take any more and if I want to keep running I sometimes just have to ignore it.

The plus side is that I am not in cold, icy, old England like most of you, but over here enjoying the New Zealand summer as a side benefit of welcoming my 13th grandchild into the world. I am following a much more modest walk/run plan than previously ( 30 sec walk/30 sec run) and plan to build back up very gently but I really must start doing some long runs soon if I am to catch up on the MyAsics training programme. I am doing lots of physio prescribed exercises and icing and am also doing previously undreamed of things (for me) in the gym. So fingers crossed. Watch this space.

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  • oh i am sure they wouldn't shoot you, they have horse sanctuary's and things where you can go live out your days. But you are too young, fit and fast for that!

    Sorry to hear about all your issues but sounds like your going the right way and you got the best treatment. Just be careful you don't do any permanent damage.

  • Sounds like you have your work cut out for you, but at least it's diagnosed now and you're getting the treatment and exercises needed. Plus some decent weather to get out there and train gently.

    Great to hear you've been given the ok to start training for the marathon, that'll give plenty of motivation to get active.

    So I'll be watching the space and wishing you all the best.

  • Can very much relate to the trickiness of listening to your body, when you've got one that whinges constantly.

    Enjoy the new baby! (

  • Sorry to hear you are not quite tickety-boo but pleased that you are still going for it โ˜บ Warm weather sounds better than medicine ๐Ÿ˜Š Good luck with your training. Take care โ˜บ

  • Good luck! I'm sure the lovely climate in New Zealand is ideal for getting back into the swing of Things.

  • Oh blimey TT that's tough. Do care care and avoid overdoing it. On second thoughts, this is you I'm talking to. Just keep on doing what your doing and, of course, listening to the physio, the doctors, the family and your body (even if you do end up deciding to ignore them all and do your own thing!) Good luck Sweetie ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€

  • That's not good TT! ๐Ÿ˜•but I'm in no doubt that your resilience will see you through and you'll get to that marathon start line๐Ÿ˜†

    On your travels again? Can't say i blame you and congratulations on the new granchild!

    I will watch you on strava and marvel at your pain threshold (mine is not high!!! )x

  • You are amazing and you have true grit which is what we all need more of. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and your family, and you training sounds like it's off to a great start. You are my hero.... well done that woman ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

  • Oh Ju-Ju. I am so touched! I am not sure I can cope with the responsibility of being a panther's hero though! True grit and the tenacity of a Jack Russell are my only athletic skills. I did a very slow and hilly 11 K today and am still standing, though not without pain. but I am living in hope!

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