Sorry to hear that Chrissi. I contacted Matt to pull out of the TMW half - I wanted to give it a good crack this year, but I just won't be able to do the training (just getting back into the running again, having got used to my orthotics! I'd recommend seeing a podiatrist Chrissi if you can - lady in Llandudno Junction gives free 15 minute initial consultations) - spookily the next person on the waiting list was a (new) clubmate!!
A heads up re the Snowdonia half marathon a week on Sunday - I doubt there is a tougher road 1/2m - two very challenging claibs and over 2000ft of climbing. I wouldn't have entered it, other than the fact that it starts and finishes in my home town!
There are some good girls football players panad - one girl who will be in year 10 next year is, I think, in the Welsh squad - one of the best strikers I've seen!! My daughter will be in year 9 next year. Give me a shout if you want any advice re the locality - some cracking run routes about, both on and off road - not much on the flat though!!
Chrissi - I'd recommend seeing a podiatrist. I could have carried on as I was doing - trying to run, breaking down (mainly with the right calf which went in the latter stages of Snowdonia), seeing physios etc, but the real issue was with my feet/gait and the only way to sort that was going down the orthotics route. The podiatrist I saw (Llandudno Junction) picked up the issue pretty much straight away (in initial free 15 minute session) and I'd recommend her
Thanks for kind messages. Things looking more positive for my father in law - still in icu (week 9), although now fully conscious and no longer having a machine assisting his breathing. Hopefully will be transferred to hdu, then onto a general ward soon! Running wise, orthotics seem to be doing the trick - podiatrist very pleased with transformation in my stance/gait. Running OK in them and looking to pick up my running - hoping to hit the trails again soon - hopefully do the TMW half in CyB again.
I'm just down the road from Betws Panad - my daughter goes to the local secondary school (Dyffryn Conwy) and is very happy there
Belated congrats brer - just popped onto see what was happening in the thread!
I haven't done much running as of late and have binned any notion of doing a spring marathon (I had entered London - chance of our relatively small running club being in the mix for the Welsh team prize!). This is largely due to the fact that my father in law has been in the intensive care unit in Ysbyty Gwynedd for almost 8 weeks now. Also it would appear that the decision to wear Boosts in the lead upto and in the marathon was not a good one - everyone seem to be raving about them and in my bid to really go for it on race day I thought it would be a food decision - not least as they were in our family's football team colours!! However, having had many physio appointments, GP, Xrays, scans and specialists appointment it would appear that I have quite a foot issue which lead to a change in my gait and, no doubt, led to the cramping in my right calf at about mile 22 and which has seen me struggle running with the calf ever since!! Having had the diagnosis (tibial varum), orthotics would appear to be the only option to sort me out - had them fitted earlier on this week and trying to get used to them - it's going to be a slow process but as long as I'm OK for the start line in October I'll be happy (having spent quite a bit of time in the icu over the last 2 months things have been put into perspective somewhat!!)