Saturday, 6 January 2018

A Good Start To The New Year!

1000 frozen parkrunners

I've been resting for the past four-or-so-weeks, in the running sense, giving my knee time to recover from the exertions of the latter half of the year (six half marathons, a handful of 10 and 12 mile races, a clutch of 10ks and more 5k parkruns than I can count, as well as all the normal fun/ training runs in between). During that time I've been diligently doing daily stretches and strengthening exercises and getting used to a pair of shiny new, custom-made orthoses. I've also swapped from walking the fields in wellies to walking boots, and from being at home in slippers to trainers. Yesterday, I completed the final piece of the jigsaw and got my knee checked by the doc, who, after thorough questioning, prodding, bending, poking and pushing declared himself satisfied there was nothing wrong with it and agreed with the diagnosis of the physio and podiatrist.

On Monday I went out for a ginger and very slow 0.8 mile run, on the flat, on the tarmac. I can't tell you how good it felt to be back out there! Even over a tiny distance: it was bliss. I was hungry afterwards for the first time in a month!

This morning I helped out at parkrun, which I've been doing a lot these past weeks while resting my knee. I've made lots of new friends that way so it's been a bit of a blessing in disguise. Good grief it was cold. I was quite glad I wasn't running. Instead (snug inside my thick coat with hat, gloves and scarf and extra-thick socks), I caught up with my running buddies at the start, cheered them on as they swept past half-way round, then congratulated them at the end where I was helping to give out the finish tokens. We nearly had a course record, clocking 1066 runners. Phew!

This afternoon, I donned warm running kit and went out for my third run of the week, aiming to do closer to 2.5 miles this time, so I can get back to parkrun (which is 3 miles) next weekend. 2.5 miles is approx three times up and down our lane. The first time, I passed my neighbour who was walking her dog and we called a quick hello, the second time she looked quizzical so I explained why I was running ever so slowly backwards and forwards along the lane. The third time she asked how my knee was holding out and I was delighted to be able to say it was perfectly fine.

I got home having bagged 2.6 miles in a very slow 26 minutes with no ache in the knee and immediately texted my buddy John (who has been coaching me on how to manage this injury since December with a brilliantly simple philosophy which I shall follow from now on: if it's an ache, run on it, if it's a pain, don't) and received back a Well done! But don't be tempted to race at parkrun at the weekend! I am now, officially, Mrs Tortoise, but I'm back running! So who cares!

Hope you're all having a nice weekend, and if you're in the NE of the States, hope you're keeping safe and warm especially.

CT :o)

39 comments:

  1. Good luck for the 3 miler. Your check ups sound promising. By the end of February you may be back where you were in fitness terms. I'm running 3 times a week. 10.5 km longest.
    I might try a 7km race on 14th. Depends on various things. I had a good run in the New Years Eve Race - still on a high from that one ;-)

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    1. I’m going to keep it steady for a while yet. I’ve got a 10k race in a few weeks and a nine miler in March so aiming broadly to be fit enough for those. Congrats on your recent running achievements 😬

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  2. Hooray to you. That is good news. I could feel your ear to ear smile as I read this post. Mind you I’m going off now to look up orthoses :). Good luck with the first park run of 2018. B x

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    1. Foot adjusters 😬. Yup, I was on a high afterwards. This week, three miles and Parkrun xx

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  3. Great news, a good start to your new year

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  4. Good work! Well done!
    We are homeward bound x

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    1. Thank you 😬. Hope you got back safe and Ed and Murray were suitably ecstatic to have their mum home xx

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    3. Ed & Murray were beside themselves and I am glad to be in my own bed with clean sheets after the long flight.
      Keep on keeping on. Lots of love xx

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    4. I know how much you were missing them. Ted and Pops were happy (if slightly muddy!) stand ins but there’s nothing like your own woofs! Glad you got back safe and sound xx

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  5. So glad you're back out there and that your knee is doing well. I am guilty of walking miles in wellies at the moment, but you've made me consider getting my walking boots out instead. Well done on helping out at the parkrun, no doubt it is much appreciated. Good luck with your running this week, and have a lovely Sunday. CJ xx

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    1. I hadn’t thought about minimal foot and ankle support in wellies till talking to the podiatrist. He says slippers are as bad xx

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  6. Well done on the recovery. It must have felt good to get back out there. Here's to an injury free 2018. xx

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    1. It was so good! Such a relief! Onwards and (slowly) upwards now. Hope you’re all well xx

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  7. So happy to hear you knee is holding up ! Hoping for a great running New Year for you !

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

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  8. I'm so pleased there's nowt sinister with that knee and you are now running again xx

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    1. Big relief. Now time to build up again xx

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  9. When you write down all you accomplished last year, it's no wonder the knees needed a bit of a rest. Sounds like you'll soon be dashing about again, you'd miss it if you couldn't. X

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    1. I think a quiet Dec and Jan might be a good idea every year!

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  10. Good to hear you can continue doing what makes you happy x

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  11. Glad your knee is now all good! I walk in walking boots or trainers, depending on the weather but I should be wearing trainers inside, too. My planter fascitis is not improving much... Happy New Year! x

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    1. I’m sorry to hear that. Have you tried a Physio?

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  12. I'm really fed up with my ankle, and the increasing weight!

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  13. Congratulations! A steady recovery is the best way. Long may it continue. I hope you'll be pleased to know I went to my first ever (social) running group last Thursday evening! X

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  14. Absolutely fabulous news. So pleased for you. What a positive way to start the year xx

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    1. Indeedy 😬. Now looking forward to running some more races together! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ Xx

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  15. It's too slippy here even to walk fast at present - and has been for a while. But once we need not be worried about ice . . . well, I won't exactly run . . . but I might hurry. Do you think 'hurrying' could be a new sport for wimps?

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    1. Reckon so 😬. Walking is fabulous exercise anyway. I’ve got a friend who’s just run a 30 mile race on more long distance walking training than long run training.

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  16. Hey CT,
    That's a lot of runners for a park run! Ours isn't nearly as well attended. I was glad to read that all bodes well for recovery, and you will be up and running again very soon. I had a Xmas break (I couldn't be arsed), but have been back on the trail these past two weeks. I have just signed up to do the Plymouth half. Eeek! It's nearly five months away, so I should be prepared....
    Leanne xx

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    1. It’s the second biggest after bushy park and seems to keep on growing. Great news about your half. I know you’ll do it. Xx

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  17. Brilliant news! I was hoping you had made some progress. It is amazing when you see all that you have accomplished in the last year. Here's to a fantastic 2018. Whoo Hoo! Xx

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    1. It’s nice to see it written down, and even better now I’m back running again I feel I can add to it! 3.5 miles this morning with no trouble, even if at a snails pace 😆. Lots of love xx

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  18. Lovely to discover your blog and have a good read back through. I'm an aspiring nearly 60 year old runner currently plagued by injuries, so it's encouraging to read about a return to activity! The wonderful sports injuries clinic at Edinburgh Uni has been very kind with me - now all I need is to keep doing the exercises!

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    1. Hi Linda. It’s very frustrating not to be able to run when you want to. Hopefully you’ll find doing the exercises helps you. I understand it can take 3-6 weeks minimum for strengthening exercises to make a difference, so keep on with it. I reckon it took 3-4 with me, and that included complete rest during that time. Starting back very slowly is helping too. Wishing you every success with your recovery and thank you for commenting. CT :o).

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