Sh*t. For those of you unaware, I tore my plantar fascia last Feb and from then on, I seemed to have a problem with my back. Looking back on it, I think 20+ years of being very physically active and also 6'2" combined with the same amount of time with doing desk bound jobs contributed to a prolapsed disc (L5/S1). This wasn't diagnosed until I had an MRI in August and then things seemed to get worse to the extent that I was unable to drive (or be driven, or even sit at a desk for longer than 5 mins). It all reached a head in October/November when I saw a private consultant (paid for by the NHS) who recommended surgery in 4/6 weeks. 48 hrs after seeing him I collapsed in the kitchen with a loss of functional strength in my left leg. I then had a lumbar discectomy 6 days later as a priority (no f***ing sh*t!) and it was like flicking a switch in terms of my ability to climb stairs, sit down, etc.
I bascially haven't run since Feb last year and this year is a write-off as well if I'm honest. I'm back on the bike no problems keeping up an aerobic component and am in the gym lifting weights 4 times a week ok as well. Currently managing Parkruns with my 7 yr old so 34-37min times but not sure about the ability to run anything quicker than 8m30s pace.
I turn 40 in a few weeks and I had harboured dreams of running sub 3 once I turned into an OAP but that dream has been shelved for a while. The general idea is to make a return to sc racing in the Autumn and maybe look at Wokingham 2014 as a main target race
Mennania:28067 Clic Sargent top with Johnny written on it - Sub 3:00 Lorenzo: 29916 (not sure what colour vest yet) A: sub-3:10; B: 3:13:22(PB); C: 3:15 Minni: 29900 Green and Purple Vest, A: sub 3:15; B: 3:17, C: 3:20 Poacher 29616. red/white/blue dress, time 3.14-3.25 but not bothered
Badbark – 28126, White headband, white and black vest and shorts. Yellow shoes. A sub 3:00, B sub 3:09:57 for a PB, C sub 3:15 for GFA
LB70 - 36759 Children with Cancer UK vest with Lee printed on the front and blue shorts. Sub 3:15 Scooby: 30971, Orange or black top, black cap and sunglasses A sub 3; B sub 3:02: c sub 3:04
RED GFA moof- 32394, blue vest with nick on the front and moof on the back, A; sub 2.55, B; sub 3, C; Best effort. Martin: 32179. fairy. 2.55 or GFA
BLUE RFJ 5373 black fetch vest and fetch buff or Andover AC vest (Blue and white stripes) with red shorts OO Gerard Mooney FINgers 6547 a)3:09:59 GFA b)Best Effort - see a) White Vest with blue Flashing and Alex on the Front Fingers on the back.
SCREAMING, WHOOPING, HOLLERING SPECTATORS Speedy - Fetch mile 22 PMJ - drinks station mile 23 Matchstick Man - 22 mile point (bit before Fetch) randomly shouting abuse and then on to CHANDOS!
Met up with Knight Rider tonight at the local 5 mile in Coventry. Nice to catch up with him and have a chat. I didn't race as I am still not running and it's 12 weeks tonight since I tore my plantar fascia but I hope to return to running soon. Needless to say my year so far is a write off and I hope to do something before Dec 31st but it's not looking great so far.