Debra Bourne

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Comrades 2016

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 18:29

lowrez: belated congrats on the towpath run and the report!

Update on my stress fracture: much to my surprise I have found an orthopaedic surgeon in the NHS who appears to understand that people who get stress fractures from running (as an overuse injury, not due to osteoporosis) are also people who find it very hard to stop running for a period of some weeks. However, I have agreed to do so. I am off the crutches, allowed to walk ("not long distances") and to swim ("not 300 lengths of the pool!") immediately (any stroke so long as it doesn't hurt), with stationary cycling allowed in a couple of weeks starting at low-resistance and short-time (and again, so long as it doesn't hurt). I asked for physio and he said he'll organise that - mainly I think because he realised I'd go to a physio anyway if he didn't organise it and this way he has some control - he says that physios tend to push people and he'll be giving instructions to start me gently.

He also warned me that the people with stress fractures who take longest to get back to running are the ones that won't accept the initial non-running phase of treatment - apparently he has someone at the moment who is still having pain nine months on. Bone takes a certain length of time to heal and there's not much that can be done about that.

So, I'll probably come to SA and collect my Champion Chip from the expo, and meet everyone and and not bring my running gear so I can't be tempted to make a last-minute decision to run anyway...

Comrades 2016

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 18:36

Thank you everyone for your support. I have NHS fracture clinic appointment this Wednesday, but am still intending to book in with a sports specialist consultant privately, as I want treatment/management including early physio, early return to non-weightbearing exercise etc., not just 'stay on crutches for 2-3 months and then we'll give you inadequate physio'. (If they had given me a couple more sessions and got my left ankle flexibility back properly last year I probably would not be in this situation now).

If I'm reasonably mobile by the end of the month then I will come over to Durban and support everyone - but I have to be able to e.g. walk up coach steps...

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 18:29

tricialitt, well done you! Sounds amazing.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 09:37

Thanks everyone. If I'm sufficiently mobile (i.e. not totally non-weightbearing, like I am now) I will probably come over and cheer everyone on, since I've already paid out for the flights and hotel and had not actually got travel insurance yet...

Time scales...from what I've found online, the only good news is that pelvic stress fractures are at low risk of delayed union (very slow healing) or nonunion (not healing). But I'm looking at months not weeks off running.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 13:36

Pelvic stress fracture confirmed by x-ray yesterday. Gutted.

Presently on crutches - totally non-weightbearing on the right leg. No idea how long I need to continue NWB before I can start putting some weight through it again - I've only been seen at A&E so far (sent there by my GP), not the fracture clinic.

SO frustrated. If I'm really, really lucky I might be re-starting jogging gently in four months or so. Or it might take a year or more.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 13:43

Hi John, Thanks for that. I've used Vista previously for diagnostic ultrasonography when I tore my PTT in 2013, so I was thinking about them for MRI, if that's needed. I'm trying to tell myself how much I have saved over the last 20 years through NOT paying out for private health insurance...

Comrades 2016

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 21:55

I arrive Thursday late afternoon, leave Monday afternoon. I'm booked on the Friday coach tour. Not sure what else to do. Could go on a dolphin-watching tour I suppose. (Clubbing, shopping, casinos etc. hold no appeal).

Comrades 2016

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 20:40

My book is "parkrun: much more than just a run in the park" and yes, it's available for Kindle download.

The bad news is my physio thinks it's time to seriously consider that I may have osteitis pubis or a pelvic stress fracture. I think I'm going to need to pay to go privately and get a diagnosis. I've had a recommendation of Dr Stephen Motto at London Bridge to go and see.

So (since the flights and hotel are already paid for) I may be coming to South Africa to watch Comrades rather than to run it.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:28

Thank you everyone for the congrats on the book.

London Marathon: Well that was a mess. Okay to 16 miles (a bit uncomfortable, but managable) then something went majorly wrong with my hip flexors in my right leg. Completed the race at a painful limping walk - possibly an error. Seized up once I'd finished and needed assistance getting on/off trains.

This has also confirmed that I really don't much like big city marathons - give me a trail run or a small event like those put on by Saxons Vikings and Normans any day!

Seeing the physio tomorrow. Obviously won't be running for the next while. Hoping I'll be recovered in time to do Comrades on sub-optimal training...

Hope everyone else had a better time than I did.



Comrades 2016

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 21:25

Hi PG3: I'll be in pen 5 - I had been expecting to race it and go for 3.45, pre-injury. My top is yellow and green (Striders of Croydon), but will probably be covered by the yellow Montane windproof jacket at the start - and by a white sweatshirt saying 'South Shore Harbour' until close to the off, as I really don't want to get cold.

And thanks re. the book.

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