Hi - To all of those who know me. I have tried a running comeback. Run #1, 1 mile. No problems. 2 days later, Run #2. Ankle pain after 1½ miles, and not on the ankle that was operated on. The operated ankle was fine by the way.
I know this other ankle is dodgy. It has been injured a number of times, most severely in a fell running accident (my one and only attempt at it) about 5 years ago.
So, it looks like running is finally over. I had to find out though. Consoled myself with a ride on the bike last night. In the dark. Yes, I have lights. I remember when I used to be able to run sub-2 hour half-marathons without trying! Long time ago.
I can still umpire hockey, where I cover between 3-6 miles in a game, but my dodgy ankles are safely enclosed in ankle braces. And of course I have the bike.
I don't think I would be able to get on with ankle braces for "real" running, as they would cause blisters and chafing, although I may have a little experiment with this.
Liverbird - No, she's now actually gaining weight having been steadily losing weight for the past year, so she is now getting the nutrition she needs from the liquid diet. I think if this doesn't work then they'll put her on steroids.
VR - *waves*
PSC - *whispers* Yes, he is thinking of a return. He is getting no pain after hockey matches now. I might take you up on that.
Emmy - Kölsch is good. Excellet post race drink. Hope you feel better soon.
Shades - She's coping really well, but now after 5 weeks she's getting very bored of the liquid diet. She's looking and feeling much better than she was before the diet started.
Emmy - Thanks. I could do with an excuse to go to Köln and sample some of that Kölsch again!
Shades - Yes, I suppose umpiring is quite dynamic like that. Even though I can do 2 x35 minute periods of a hockey match like that, I think I'd struggle to actually run for that period. Although saying that, I ran a couple of miles one day last week just to see. No problem with the ankle and I was quite comfortable.
Definitely, we'll do the fish & chips sometime.
Little Miss Bump sees the consultant again next week, so fingers crossed.
Liverbird - Little Miss Bump is on a prescription powder which gives her all the nutrition she needs. Basically she gets through a 400g tub in one day which is diluted to form about 2.5 litres of fluid. The only other "food" she is allowed are Fox's Glacier Mints. The only other drink she is allowed is water or 7-Up. Her bowel is in a mess, and the liquid diet is supposed to allow it to heal. We learned how bad it was after the colonoscopy she had the other week.
Yes, I moan too, ad shouldn't but it is only natural. That is really crap what is happening with your neighbour......
Shades - Hiya. I'm aware that we never met up for those chips I promised you. One day. Yes, it was a long road with the ankle, but most definitely worth it. The ankle is definitely stronger and I'm umpiring regional premier hockey with no problems. The Bump family are fine with the exception of Little Miss Bump who has been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, and who is currently 4 weeks into an 8 week liquid diet.
Emmy - Thank you for your good wishes with the ankle. I'm interested in your experiences in Köln. Am I correct in understanding you've done that one before (or at least the Half there)? If so, I'd be interested to know what it's like.
Mowzer - Thank you. I cover between 3-6 miles during a hockey match. It's not like "normal" running like you people do though, it's very much stop/start/sprint/jog/walk. The hard bit is later in the game if you're physically tired because you lose concentration.
Liverbird - Good to see you're still on here, and also that you're able to run again.
Si-J - Hi. I like your photo with Messrs Black and Brackley.
VR - I'm glad you clarified what swinging you were doing!
Anyway, I did the cycling commute again on the singlespeed today. It's only 8 miles there (and) back, but there are 3 hills, made the more challenging by me using the singlespeed to commute on,so I only have one gear 42x18.
And yes, I would like to run another half marathon one day. Do you remember when I used to be able to knock out sub-2 hours without hardly getting out of breath? PSC will remember. I have fond memories of when I paced him round Watford for a PB.
Anyway, hope those of you who know me are well, and good luck with your running to all those people who I'm not familiar with.
I'm ok. The ankle operation was a success and I'm back umpiring hockey at regional premier league level with no adverse effects. No "real" running though. I think that life has passed (even though a small voice tells me I could still do that elusive sub 3:30 marathon I once had the potential for). I get out on the bike a bit mind, although not as much as I would like, and yes I still can't resist a stretch of cobbled road to cycle along