Hi everyone. Sorry i have been away for a while.Things have been very busy with work and college.Also i have been putting a lot of work into my wife's disability benefit appeal which is next week.On top of this i have been very busy getting my parents house ready to sell.
We were in danger of being flooded up until last week,but the army came and diverted the river,and now the flood water is rapidly disappearing.It was very worrying.
I am leaving my job,and my last day is Friday.I will be really glad to leave it behind.It has been an awful job,and recently has got a lot worse.I will have a bit of a break to de-stress and figure out what i'm going to do next.And i will have a bit of time to get properly back into my running.It is the long hours in this job,that have really derailled my running over the last couple of years.
I am still just doing short runs a couple of times a week at the moment as i get over my knee injury.I intend to start going a bit further next week.
I decided not to rejoin the running club this year.I have barely been able to train with them for 2 years due to work and injury,so i thought it would be better to train on my own for a while and rejoin next year if i am ready.
Chili,i hope you are getting over your operation and feel much better.
AF, Happy Birthday for last week.
Spartak,good to hear from you again my friend.Life on Skye sounds good.Do keep in touch.You have been missed.Glad you are enjoying your running again.
To all the other CRAC members,well done on all your runs and races.
I'll try and keep in touch better,now i am about to get a bit more time on my hands.
Chili,do take it easy and look after yourself.Once the op is done and you feel better there will be plenty of time to rebuild your fitness.Hope you don't feel too poorly.
Sluggish hope you have got over your flu.
Jude that is really good news.All of your children must make you so proud.
Jo,hope your calf is on the mend.
Lainey,well done on a great run.
Went out for another run yesterday,and did 1.5 miles.On each run I remember the title of this thread and try to go just a little bit further.Not too much as I don't want to have any setbacks.I'm really pleased with my progress so far,considering I was having to use a walking stick a month ago.I've lost 4lbs this month too,so I'm quite happy on the training/fitness front.
I'm going to be leaving my job soon.I am getting my inheritance money soon,which will pay off my mortgage and leave me able to find a less stressful job,so I'm going to leave and use some of my money to change my career direction.I hate my current job,and on Friday my manager announced that he was leaving and I have been told that my workload will get much heavier as a result.So time to walk away and leave all the stress behind.
Hello to all the new members we have got this year.
Chili,i hope you feel better next week.MC hope you feel better too.It's that horrible time of year for feeling blearch.
AF I like the idea of running while glowing.Let us know how it goes.
Well I managed another 2 runs ,both of a mile,and yesterday I was totally pain free during the run and after.My knee feels a lot more stable since I began running again a week ago.Up until now it has felt a bit like it might buckle under me,and I've been very conscious of the hyper extension.I'm quite pleased with my progress,considering that I was on crutches at Christmas.I'm going to run twice a week until the end of February,and aim to go just a little bit further on each run.Then if all is going well i'll add in another run per week until I'm up to 5 like I used to.Hopefully i'll be marathon training ready in October.
After my serious knee sprain and finding out I was missing my left anterior cruciate ligament,being able to ever run again was in serious doubt.I began my rehab a week ago,with some muscle strengthening excercises,and this morning I went for a make or break 1 mile jog.I jogged half a mile,rested 3 minutes and jogged the next half.My leg ached a bit,and I had a few dull aches from my knee,but no signs of sharp ligament pain.My muscles have really wasted very badly,so I was running very unevenly,but I was running.And when I stopped I was able to walk normally,and pain free.It's going to be a long road to full recovery,but I should be able to slowly get back to proper running and maybe be even better once I have built up my muscle strength.
I have found out the reason for my left leg issues over the years.The lack of an anterior cruciate ligament means my knee hyper extends a lot as I walk or run,and the impact gets transmitted through my heel and up through the lower leg as it should,but the extended angle of my lower leg causes it to all gets transmitted through my knee,without going up through my thigh and into my pelvis.This is why the left leg is much weaker.My quads and left glutes don't get the full work out that they would normally get as they don't take much of the impact.And my knee is being overworked.I need to really build them up to correct the balance and it should stabilise my knee.
So I have a lot of rehab work to do before I attempt to run another marathon in 2015.I have held off rejoining the running club,but I will do as I think I'm going to be able to properly run again soon.
I hope you are all having a nice weekend.
It's good to see some new faces popping up,so hello to you,and welcome to this very friendly little group.
So the first mile of 2014 is on the board.Hopefully there will be many more.
I see you are getting some good one miles in.Excellent running and it's a good challange.I'm way off challanges at the moment,but i used to enjoy the mileage challanges that Spartak set for us.Hopefully i'll be able to contribute to some challanges soon.
I'm now able to walk normally and i'm pain free,so i'm going to go for a very short and gentle run next week to see how it goes.Then i've got to do lots of muscle building rehab on my left leg,as it is a lot weaker than my right.This is why i have had so many injuries on it.Also i have just found out that i don't have an anterior cruciate ligament in the knee,just the remains of one.I had a very bad accident on my leg 30 years ago to the day,and during my rehab after months in plaster i fell and badly twisted my knee.It seems that i snapped my ligament in two,and it wasn't spotted and repaired.It explains a lot about my problems.I will be ok for normal running once my muscles are stronger.Luckily i never did any sports like football,tennis or skiing or i would have had major issues.
AF. I had to defer my Brighton slot to 2015.So i will be doing my next marathon when i am 50.
Franny,thanks for asking about Mrs DJ.She is stable at the moment,but is struggling with her mobility,and we have been told her MS is progressive,so we won't get any improvements.Hopefully her medication can slow the decline.At the moment we are fighting with the DWP to get access to disability benefits.