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.