Hi. I first remeber hearing my ankle joints "click" when I was about 20, which is 30+ years ago. Checked them out with the Doctor last year (I've never been one to rush a diagnosis) as I was about to take up running and he also confirmed what "slow going" said, i.e. bubbles.
Since then I've run 2 marathons, 2 half marathons, a few 10 miles and a few more 10k with no ill effects. It can take a bit of time for your running compatriots to get used to being accompanied by a one man metronome.......
Alice, I see you wrote this over 2 years ago now - how did you get on?
I am 53 and only took up running less than 18 months ago, but in that time I've done the Loch Ness marathon twice, a couple of half marathons and quite a few 10 mile/10k races, all on the road.
I too have been diagnosed with the early signs of arthritis in both hips, with the firm advice from my Doctor to stop running marathons immediately or "you'll be needing replacement hips within 5 years".
I've told him I've got to do one more, as I have a place for London 2010 and I couldn't miss the opportunity.
His other advice was to change my trainers every 2 months and to try and run off-road wherever possible. As for the last bit I find that it it is very easy to "jar" yourself by running over unever ground so it's certainly not the whole answer.
I see this thread has lain dormant for a few months.........
In the words of the TOG Meister, "Is It Me"? Am I the only apparantly healthy 54 yr old male one who finds it exceedingly difficult not to burst in to tears at about the 20 mile mark of a marathon? What's that all about? I have no trouble in controlling the waterworks normally, it's the long runs where the tap seems to leak a bit. I can't say I've noticed anyone else with tears on their cheeks but there again I'm hardly looking to make eye contact.
I thought this was a brilliant event - extremely well organised, good to have some folk cheering us on, hadn't a clue where we were going so every twist and turn brought something new. My 2nd half marathon, did it in 1hr 54 mins, which was 10 mins faster than the one at Yarmouth a few weeks ago. Ipswich wasn't as hot as Yarmouth but I'm delighted that the start was 09.00.
I'm sure the organisers had to put a limit for insurance purposes if nothing else. I hope that they weren't disappointed with the 750 that they issued numbers for and I certainly hope that they repeat the event. There was only one other person from my running club who took part this year, I'm sure we could drum up support for next year.
Having the roads closed was something of a luxury which must have disrupted the locals - I hope that this hasn't caused too many problems.