MrB, fortunately my boss was understanding. So, a week off sick, a week working from home, a week going into work on the train on crutches (total nightmare), then a final week working from home before I was able to ditch the crutches. Even then though I had to adjust my routine. At that stage, walking a mile to the station wasn't even on the cards, so I had to rely on getting a lift. I can manage the walk now, albeit slower than usual.
Hello folks! I'm just ducking in to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy new year. I haven't been doing much running since the summer and so the forum slipped by the wayside too. Apologies for not reading back, congratulations, encouragement and healing vibes as appropriate. As for my own situation, well, some of you may recall that I was struggling with an Achilles injury. After injections, rest, physio and more eccentric heel drops than you can imagine over the summer, I didn't improve and so finally I was recommended to see a surgeon. I say "a" surgeon, more like "the" surgeon, since through the wonders of medical insurance, I was able to see Prof. Håkan Alfredson, the guy who invented the heel drops I'd spent all summer doing. He proved his worth by instantly diagnosing why his heel drops didn't work, which was because I had insertional tendinopathy instead of the more usual midportion variety. Well, actually he said I had both, but it was the insertional part that was giving me trouble. That explained why I had most of my pain right down by the heel bone anyway. It was a little frustrating that the other doctor I saw didn't pick up on that months earlier, despite me telling him where the pain was, but there you go. So anyway, Prof. Alfredson suggested surgery since in his opinion I wouldn't get any better through more conservative treatment. At that point (October) it had been at least six months so I was inclined to believe him. Still, it wasn't an easy decision even so, but, after a week or so deliberating, I decided to go for it and went under the knife at the very end of October. I will spare you the gruesome details of having Achilles surgery under local anaesthetic, but, in a nutshell I had a tendon scraping, removal of the plantaris tendon which was interfering with the Achilles (cutting-edge science apparently) and also removal of the retrocalcaneal bursa, which was in a bad way. Fairly extensive surgery and hence a 3 month rehab period, which I'm now 2 months into. I spent the first 4 weeks on crutches, but since then I've been able to walk and do some exercise biking, so at least keeping some level of cardio. Indications so far are that the surgery went well, but time will tell, and of course the key test will be when I try to run again. We're targetting the end of January for that. So yes, I will be deferring my VLM GFA place until 2015!
So, that's me. Trying to stay positive and hoping to get back to pain-free running soon. Merry Christmas once again, and I will keep you updated as I progress and take those first tentative running steps.
TB - likewise, I just got the email. However, when clicked on the link to complete registration, it told me in lovely German and English that the system is currently being updated and I should try again later.
It would appear that the adminstrators of this process are somewhat below average for age...
Still no running here. My Achilles is healing, it's just a frustratingly slow process.