Physio update: Been to see Jayne again. She had me doing the stretch where you have your toes on a step, you drop your heels then quickly lift up onto your toes and slowly drop your heels again. Then she had me up on the balls of my feet and bouncing up and down on the spot (15), then from side to side (15), then forwards & backwards (20) and repeating this after a break. All designed to check how my legs reacted (they felt okay) and that there wasn't any pain (there wasn't). Then we went to the gym and I (gasp!) walked/jogged on the treadmill for 10 mins (intervals of 30s where I was alternating between walking briskly and jogging slowly). There were NO after-effects so I've been sent away for two weeks and been told to try to walk/run on my treadmill for 10 mins every other day (and slowly increase the time if all seems okay) and to stretch on the rest days. All being well, my next appointment in two week's time will be the last.
Toby - well done re Bath HM result - shame about missing out on your PB. I'm like B&T - wish I could have been there too (sigh .. b****y calf!). Great news re Poohbear's PB as well! That means Poohbear has beaten my best time of 2h 35m and I'm now officially the slowest HM'er of our group. Damn!
B&T - (see below re new boots). Sounds like you may have got over shin splints problem? But sorry to hear about cold lurgy. Hope you can get those white and PINK trainers dirty soon
Yvonne - I just have the one pair of shoes - they get progressively grubbier as I wear them come rain or shine.
B&T mentioned my new walking boots. After wearing them indoors for a few days I realised they were too tight. Have been back to Cotswold Outdoor and swapped them for another pair. Lets hope I get on better with these ones.
Still not running I think I probably could have been out these last couple of weeks. But I want the okay from the physio first before I do try. Seeing her again this afternoon and have fingers crossed for good news.
Good running from you as usual Toby - good luck with Bath HM on Sunday.
*waves* to B&T, Yvonne, Dee, CW ..
After a lot of hassle I have managed to get my company to see sense and they have authorised the last two physio sessions I need - next one booked for Wed 5th Mar. Dealing with jobs-worths to get this to happen not my idea of fun but worth it in the end. Still stretching regularly each day and left calf seems okay to me - physio will be able to confirm next week.
In other news, treated myself to a new pair of walking boots in readiness for the C2C walk. New rucksack and waterproof may follow Have been wearing the boots around the house this evening (28 day returns policy as long as they haven't been used outside). They still feel a bit odd at the moment but it shouldn't take too long to wear them in.
B&T - I still have some Amazon vouchers waiting to be spent. Think I'll add compression socks to the list of goodies I am going to treat myself to. Will be interested in the sci-fi 5k in May if I'm back running by then (b****y well better be!). My last two fancy dress costumes were made from old sheets. Hmmm, wonder what I could make?
Yvonne - will try and remember to sponsor you. Kick my butt (gently!) if I forget.
Been away for a few days and managed two 6 ml walks with Mrs Wm. Slightly tight left calf afterwards but hadn't been stretching enough so was only to be expected.
Have had to cancel my physio appointment on Wed. My HR department are b****ring me about and haven't been able to get authorisation for last two physio sessions without the added hassle of arranging an appointment with a specialist first (who will probably just okay the last two sessions). Very frustrating ..
Yvonne/Toby - a collective well done to both of you with your recent long runs.
B&T - I might seem to be patient on the outside, but on the inside I am desperate to get running again! The weight has been creeping back on Sorry to hear about your shin problem - reading your post (and thinking about my recent calf problems) made me think some compression socks would probably do me good too. If you need any advice on stretching and strengthening the calf muscles you know who to contact.
I managed a 4ml walk with Mrs Wm at the weekend. Doesn't sound much I know, but it's the first 'proper' exercise I've had in weeks. And no after-effects either! My C2C is creeping ever closer (July) and I need to start planning now how I am going to build up from 4ml walks in the park to anything between 10 and 20 miles each day with up to 3000ft of height gain (and being out walking for up to 9hrs). I'll have to do a training plan like I would for a half-marathon and can already see I'll have to organise some visits to places like the Malvern Hills and Brecon Beacons for weekend practise. I think any running will just have to be done during the week to help me regain fitness.
BTW - while I have been unable to run I haven't had one person from the running club contact me to check why I haven't been running for so long. It's just re-inforced the decision I'd already made not to bother renewing my membership. I think I'll approach Cirencester AC once I am back running regularly.