Ha! Scott, I read your comment and didn't clock the name! Nice one! =) Go, Forrest!
Scott 1.45 without a doubt. When I started I was 18 stone (Its why I started) so well done you sure its why a lot of people start. Its just that some dont know when to stop!
So nice to run outside again. It was so clear this morning London training has started! Not seen so many people for months. Down by the canal into a strong headwind but ment a big negative split.!
That's great Ikle!
So first of all I'm sorry I haven't posted for a long time but whilst life in general has been very good my body (my lower back, thigh and groin in particular) has not been great. The two steroid injections before christmas have not done anything and I have been just a little depressed at the prospect of not running again. This combined with a cold that lingered for over three weeks.
Finally got of my a**e and manged to book an appointment with my favourite GP (a runner) and went to see him Thursday afternoon. It was basially a "what next Doctor?" sort of chat. He spent some time looking at my notes and then asked me where the pain was and what affected it. I said that the pain got worse after running for about a mile and I would stop after two miles. He asked if I stopped because the pain was too much to carry on or if I was concerned that I was doing myself harm by continuing to run. I said it was the latter. What I didn't say and perhaps should have mentioned is that I would struggle to run more than two miles anyway.
So the Doctor said that after looking at the MRI scan that there would be no harm in me running and that I should deffinitely try running over the next few weeks. The back pain was probably some degenerative/age thing and made worse by lack of core strength and I should start trying to redress this by doing some core excercises such as crunches etc and start doing Pilates.
He said that after that he would refer me back to the private specialist (via the NHS!) who assesed me last autumn and whos assessment he agreed with. Then he said that actually he would refer me immediately as it would take 6-8 weeks to organise anyway which would be good timing to see how my running was going.
more to follow...
So I went for a two mile run on Friday. It was tough particularly at the start and the hill in the middle of the run was hard work but the main thing was no new pain emerged during the run and no new pain on Saturday. So I went for another run this morning (same route) and it was exactly the same.
So in terms of injury not too bad but I have often found that the cumulative effect of several runs has brought on more pain. I will try this time to persevere as I have the doctor's assurance that I am not going to do any harm.
The bad news is that I am sooooooo unfit. Five years ago I was possibly the fastest runner on this thread and now I am definitely the slowest. My two miles on Friday took me 2 minutes and there was not much left in the tank after that.
So my plan is to run every other day - just two miles for now and then after a week, maybe more, try to increase the mileage very slowly so that by the time I see the specialist again I have something to report.
Now to book some Pilates classes......
Howard I wont pretend that I can fully understand but when I have been injured just coming on the thread hurts so dont feel bad about it. well done on the 2 miles. Remember there are LOTS of people who could not do that. yes your starting from scratch but you have started. Dont push it to hard every other say sounds a lot to start with, maybe run/walk?
IKLE Huge well done
Howard - I really hope you can back to some sort of form. It's been far too long and I can't begin to imagine how frustrating it must be. I get all out of sorts if I get a cold that stops me running. I have been lucky in the 7 (nearly 8) years I've been running that any injury seems to have been avoided. Fingers - and everything else - crossed!
Pilates - now there is something I'd like to try. Just wish someone would set up a Men Only Pilates Group. I just know that if I went along to a class near here I would be surrounded by 60+ year old ladies.... I get enough of that in the rest of my life
Lovely 8 miles tonight that just seemed to flow... something's working at the moment. Mrs Flower cautiously asked if I was "training for something"... I think she thinks I'm doing London but haven't told her... as if!
Ikle - nice running... and good to be pain free... long may it continue
Hey Dave I go to Pilates! I resemble that post
LSR done today 14.5 in 2hrs 15
LO65 - yes I thought of you as I wrote it! Nice run BTW
Trouble is I don't have a great deal of spare time in my life as it is... for pilates or much else really...
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