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Ok; so I hadn’t fixed my calf/achilles problem!!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

I postponed my long run until today as I was still “feeling” my left calf a bit yesterday. 2 dog walks later, plus exercises, all felt fine by lunch time today, so off I went! The fact that I managed 12.25k out of a planned 15k shows that it didn’t hurt too much, but it hurt enough! I just decided “what is the point of making this worse ?” and stopped the run. Physio appointment on Monday and I will do relevant exercises in the meantime. I thought it was just a tight calf/achilles, but I was clearly wrong. It feels like a 3 week job, which will send me sliding back down the snake of my HM programme (only snakes in running; there are no ladders 😊) but the truth is that this all part of what we do. Ice, elevation etc etc will be deployed; the next best thing to avoiding injuries is doing the right thing when they come along. I was probably over optimistic when I thought things were ok this morning (physio will probably redefine that as being an idiot 😂😂). Onwards and upwards!!

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roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

All the best, Beachy!! xxx

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to roseabi

Thanks roseabi. I know that I should have gone for a short run to be on the safe side; but there you go!🙂

linda9389
linda9389Administrator

Arrgghh, that's annoying. If it makes you feel any better I kept being optimistic with mine and generally only got to 3k each time before even my optimistic head hadnto concede that continuing was the wrong choice 😀. I now have hip pain, but the up side is my calf will probably be fully healed whenever I next get to run!!! There's snakes everywhere 🙄. Am sure the physio will get you back on track promptly. Good luck and speedy healing 🤞

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

That just makes you more sensible than me. 🙂

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Oh I like that perspective! I was thinking I was less sensible because I couldn't wait til it was at least good for 12k!!!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Starting with 3ks is my usual rehab routine; this was a big exception!!

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles

Oh no Beachcomber66, a wise move to curtail your run. At least you didn’t take up the speed challenge so you can’t blame it on that this time.

Have you got your physio’s number on speed-dial?

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Dexy5

😂😂😂. I can self book on her web site. In fairness it is about 4 months since my last visit. I did flag up that it wasn’t my knee this time.

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Beachcomber66

Only joking 🙃 . You have done brilliantly since your last injury and I’m sure you’ll sort this out, probably by doing the same exercises I did earlier in the year.

Similar to you, I concentrated on doing the exercises for my knee (glutes, thighs and knees) and then the calves and Achilles got left behind. So when I increased my running again they were the weak point.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Dexy5

I think that is exactly what has happened. I am back up to just shy of 100k per month; the additional distance tends to expose any weaknesses. Glad I am not going to see physio having participated in the speed challenge; that would have been very embarrassing!!

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoMarathon

Fingers crossed 🤞🏻

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thanks JoJo. I hope that it isn’t a big deal this time; doesn’t feel like it. Physio is of the “if you can keep running do!” philosophy so she probably won’t be too school ma’am about it 🙂

JonathanP
JonathanP10 Miles

Positively reframing BC, at least you stopped when you did! Hope the physio isn't too harsh on you.....

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to JonathanP

As I said to Jojo, she tends to be of the “run if you can” persuasion . It felt fine before the run, it just became more uncomfortable as I progressed. VO2 max docked me a point too; no justice!🙂

Tasha99
Tasha99Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

She’s harsh in other ways though isn’t she BC 🥴

All the best with the problem 👍🏽

🤞🏽 for roseberry. We’re marshalling if it’s on but not sure which race or where Xx

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Tasha99

Thanks Tasha. I have deferred Roseberry until next year; my one sensible move in all this! She is fine!!! (Certainly not going to pick a fight before going for treatment!!🙂)

JonathanP
JonathanP10 Miles in reply to Beachcomber66

Adding insult to injury BC!

Hidden
Hidden

A good distance so that gives you some solace. Let us know the outcome and look after yourself 🙂

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Hidden

Cheers GTFC, it will be fine I am sure. One thing about having had a few injuries is that you learn how to deal with them; avoiding them would be better though 🙂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Waaaaah! That’s a pain BC, you were doing so well. At least you had the wherewithal to quit rather than push further. And no biggie if you’re a bit behind with your HM training - you’re not missing any races!

Get yourself in tiptop condition for when we’re all set free again. 😀🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️😀

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks CC. Apart from my rehab exercises, the only cross training I am doing is walking Molly. Be good to get back to swimming and maybe try out the elliptical too; when it is safe.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Half Marathon

I don’t think the weather helps either - colder to start with, not able to warm up as quickly and probably less active than in warmer weather. At least you know what to do to keep it at bay until you see your wonderful physio!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Sandie1961

Hi Sandie; cold could be a factor, but I think my lower leg just wasn’t strong enough for the sum of the distances I have been running. Physio will have the answer I am sure. I had an injury in the same position just after I got to 10k the first time around. If I remember correctly I had to take two weeks off running, do my rehab every day and then build up from 3k. I have had a lot worse this year!🙂

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Half Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Oh well, plenty of time during Tier 3 (not) lockdown to build back up!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Sandie1961

My physio is in tier 2; good job I got injured this week and not next. None of our kids will be coming home this Christmas; we have encouraged them to stay where they are. Not worth the risk.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Half Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

My son is coming for Xmas (he decamped from London back to his girlfriend’s in Northamptonshire again to sit it out) and we are hoping to see my stepdaughter and the girls on Boxing Day (Mr Sandie’s birthday), but, with 3 sets of grandparents, they’ll need to decide who misses out this year 😢

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Sandie1961

Easier for us in a way; one is shielding, one has in laws in tier 2 and the other lives in Canada.,We will settle for having a blast when all this is more under control( can’t bring myself to use the word ‘over’!

Katnap
KatnapMetric Marathon

God we all hate niggles don't we? I sometimes hurt my Achilles more from walking! If you can, try cycling to keep your cardio fitness.🎄🐱 Xmas Katnap 🐱🎄

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Katnap

Mrs BC bought an electric bike recently; maybe I will be allowed to run it in for her; good idea Katnap!!👍🎅🎅🎄🎄

Maddee_6333
Maddee_6333Half Marathon

Look after yourself

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Maddee_6333

Thanks Maddee; I won’t overdo it 🙂

That is so frustrating, I know how you feel. I have had a recurring peroneal tendon issue since the summer. I wish you a speedy recovery.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to MoliJ

Thanks MoliJ. As soon as I have my list of rehab exercises I will have what I need; a diagnosis and path to fixing things 👍

Decker
DeckerModerator

Hope you have a quick recovery BC!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Decker

Thanks Decker. Just wading through my daily exercises; all of them seem to be doable so hopefully it will be a quick fix. 👍

Ooooh what a nuisance. Mend soon. Xx

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Elfe5

Thanks Elfe5. At least I have a go to source of help; it makes a big difference. 👍

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon

Very sensible to stop BC, it’s always tricky to judge “when” and “if” and I find by the time it takes me to make up my mind, the body has decided for me 😩

Fingers crossed for a return soon 🤞

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

I think maybe I should have stopped earlier....but it was long run day 🙄

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Most of us probably have come to the conclusion that we should have stopped earlier 🙄

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

It’s a conundrum. You have to be determined to be a runner, which makes it hard to quit when you really should. 🤔 best excuse I can come up with !

Flippin ‘eck Beachcomber66 ...you are an inspiration and my hero...wow!!! Just wow!!! What a distance & very sensible stopping...and a hard decision for such a runner as you...sending healing vibes x

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

😂 Thanks Mummycav; never been a hero before 😊. Thinking about it; we are all heroes; out in all weathers, pushing ourselves to the limit. Runners rock 👊

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