I totally sympathise - I had a car accident in 2002 when someone drove into the back of my car at 30 mph, which resulted in a serious whip-lash injury. I was off work for four months, almost unable to walk let alone run, I couldn't lift my head or my arms, lie down, or sit down - it was a nightmare. I had been able to run respectable 8 minute miles over a half marathon distance, I was also running regular races and I completed the London Marathon in 2001. When I was told that it was unlikely that I would be able to run again, I was devastated. 20 seconds of in-attention by some other stupid idiot driver was just about to ruin my life!
I'm pleased to say that it didn't. Despite being told that it would take four to five years to recover fully (if ever), a year after the accident I did my first five minutes on the treadmill - it was the best five minutes ever! Since then I have pushed myself to run with the encouragement of my osteopath and chiropractic. Its taken some time but this year I have managed to get through the year relatively injury free and I just completed a half marathon (Burnham Beeches) a couple of weeks ago. It took two hours, but I really felt that I had reclaimed my running (hopefully to continue). So no hints and tips for building up your stamina quickly, rather the reverse. Take it slowly but don't give up! The main difficulty is getting one's head around the length of time it takes to recover and learning to live with it! Muscles have a great memory, and I am sure with time you will be back to your super-fit self!
Posted: 04/09/2006 at 15:13