I'm a previously fit 57 year old and now facing an end to my running days, after diagnosis of significant cartilage wear in my ankle, to the point of there being bone on bone contact.
I started having problems about a year ago, very suddenly, while still competing at a decent standard. I think a number of downhill races pushed the ankle 'over the top'./
I saw one of the top specialists in the UK and had an anthroscopic clear out of debris etc, but unfortunately it wasn't possible for him to do a microfracture procedure (to stimulate growth of a second-best cartilage-like substance to replace the missing original).
I've made a good recovery from the op (2 months ago) to the extent that I can walk pretty normally but have been warned impact activity will almost certainly bring on further problems. So reluctantly after 40-odd years of running I'm going to have to call it a day. Possibly the odd jog might be possible - but would that really be of interest to me after being a competitive athlete? Probably not.
I'm not that keen on cycling or swimming so at the moment the only option seems to be the gym where at least I can work up a good sweat on the cross trainer!
I'm still in transition at the moment mentally. Can't quite get my head round not being able to run. I think being reasonably good at running gave me a fair degree of self-validation and it's something I miss, as well as the high from training and competing.
Anybody been through the same process? What helped for you?
I've only trained in lunarglide for the past few years and have run in the Lunarglide 1,2 and 3. I thought the Lunarglide 3 was too structured at first, but also grew to like them best eventually. Looking forward to trying the Lunarglide 4 and would love to hear from anybody who had run in them. At the moment, though, I will stick to discounted Lunarglide 3!
Many thanks for your feedback. I did call the clinic earlier and spoke to the consultant's secretary. She made an enquiry and came back on the phone to say that it was fine to run. Now I'm wondering who she spoke to! Probably the consultant but can't be sure. I do feel a bit anxious about resuming running so soon - because I have seen advice on other forums about not running until the eye is checked again. But then again the clinic should know - and as you both pointed out your consultants did not think the problem was caused by running.
Thanks for your quick reply and advice. You are right, of course, about not risking my eyesight for the sake of a couple of weeks of running. Will try and find out from the consultant what he thinks about the running side of things. Thanks again - and happy running.