Okay, perhaps not … but you know what I’m bloody impatient .. so I’ve just been out for a 4 mile plod around the fields ….. felt no worse than normal so I take that as a good sign.
Seeing a specialist next week, until then I may have time to get a few more runs in .. heck he may even say it’s all in my head and there’s nothing wrong with my Achilles (the bulge is just a fashion accessory) …
Okay perhaps not …. but I’m going bonkers not being able to run ….
Posts have been few and far between give my lack of running due to injury. I am however pleased to report that while not 100% I’m certainly a heck of a lot better than I was a few months ago. I’ve been having weekly sessions at Cambridge Physiotherapy Clinic as well as daily exercises to both resolve the lumpy bits as well as strengthen my achilles for the future.
It’s been tough not running. For the first month I was okay with it – heck perhaps not even missing it too much. As the time away from running has lengthened my frustration has grown, compounded by the fact that my wife is back to running after our recent vacation and full of the joys getting outside for a run brings.
I’ve actually done very little exercise (aka zero) since starting the program and this (given it is a continuous struggle for me) has seen me pile on a few (7) extra lbs in weight. I’ll never be one of these people who can get away with eating crap and it not showing and as I stepped onto the scales this morning I was annoyed to see how far I’ve let myself slip since stopping running. A few years to get to a weight I was beginning to be pleased with, and only a few short months to start to head (quite fast) in the opposition direction. A 3 week trip to South Africa (man they love their meat .. and wine … and some more meat) didn’t help my cause. Thankfully I now can spot the signs and feel myself carrying those few extra lbs.
So this post hopefully starts me back on the straight and narrow. Firstly my physio has said that I can start to consider some short running again. I’m planning on heading out this morning. First run since 31st August (that’s 84 days or 2016 hours). While it’s still going to be quite a while until I can get back to any kind of distance it is at least encouraging to know that I can slip on my runners and at least get back out into the open. I also realise that I don’t want to go back to the bad old days regarding my fitness and weight and find that I’ve been using my injury as a lazy boy’s excuse to do zero exercise / drinking too much beer. I have two bikes which have had zero use in the past few months (one actually sitting on a roller in the garage so weather can’t be an excuse) and that has been something that even with the injury I’ve been allowed to do. Not good enough Nigel !!
I’ve set myself a target to loose those extra lbs by 24th December (32 days from today) as well as regain a certain level of my fitness. While I’ve not signed up for any races in 2015 (nor do I think I will) I’ve got my eye on some interesting running challenges next year – just for me. I’ve learnt my lesson however and despite what seemed like an odd ability to get up and run 20 miles without too much thought I want to make sure I’m better prepared for running next time out.
With the latest version of iOS on the iPhone came the Health tool. I carry my iPhone everywhere and it is interesting to see how little I’ve been moving over the past few months – again something to make sure I change.
Too Few / Too Fat
24th December Targets
- Weight: 82.5KG
- Daily Average Movement: 8KM
Fingers crossed for my run later and the start of stage 2 in my recovery.
Wow … I’ve so much to catch up on here, not least the conclusion to the 2014 #RunAugustRun adventure – which by the way was supported fantastically well by both the amount of miles completed (more on that in my next post) but also with the Pounds (and dollars) in generously donated.
Anyway … one thing that became obviously (and very painfully) clear was the fact that I needed to seriously consider getting myself fixed. You see for the past 18 months I’ve been running while injured … Stupid I know, idiotic even .. There were two main reasons for this (well three actually)
- I hate anything to do with Doctors .. I’m convinced that they are going to tie me down before poking and prodding me. Thankfully I’m generally a well person so have had limited need to visit them over the years. I live opposite a Health Clinic and I reckon they peer out of their blinds getting ready to snag me with a dog collar and pull me into a room for much prodding.
- When I ran the problem seemed to go away. Yup, after about 5 miles of running the problem cleared up and I felt pretty much pain free. The following day it was back and the longer I left running out of my daily plan the more painful the problem became.
- I hate anything to do with Doctors …
So after #RunAugustRun (where sadly I was only able to complete 1 mile per day) I realised that the pain was so severe that it was actually impacting my ability to even walk around. Time to face my fears head on and get myself fixed.
I’m currently in a 12 week program to help solve Tendo-Achiles Tendinosis … my goodness me it’s bloody painful when he is working it. So for the rest of the year I’m out of running … in fact right now I’m out of most things fitness related, which is actually really starting to bug me a little. I’ll hopefully be able to get on the bike over the next few weeks. I may even use the time out of running to get to swimming pool.
I’ve got plenty of crazy plans in my head for 2015 so I really want to give myself the best opportunity to get properly fixed over the rest of 2014. I’ll keep you posted with my progress (and prodding)