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Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:36

Great news JJ, and I hope you have a great holiday.

Briefly, and underlining what RH wrote, the physio found no evidence of torn meniscus (I suppose it could have healed in the last 5 weeks), and luckily the consultant didn't want to operate anyway.

She did note "when I press here and here and you say 'ouch' that's a ligament" (Medial Collateral Ligament), and also two separate sites of muscle soreness - at the top of the Gastocnemius and at the base of the Vastus Lateralis where there is still some swelling. So she's treating what she's found and I'll go back next week.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 17:08

Still lurking, and impressed by the high mileages. I like this thread becasue you are all an inspiraiton to me in different ways.

JJ I note your wife is undergoing 'treatment'. Whatever for, I do hope it is succesful, and that your running responds to the training. And well doen for fixing the washing machine - a practical man is good to know.

Red, you are right, when I met you for the first time (2003), you had the reddest hair I'd ever seen, and I was very grateful to the little group of RW people who made me feel so welcome at my first outing, and encouraged me round Hyde Park.

Columba, the heart rate training as if it is working well. Do you find it easier to follow than training based on time or distance?

WTnMel, your mileage is increasing. Are you building to a particulr event. (If I could run 10:03 I'd be very happy!)

DianaD, photo sorting is a retirement project, along wiht maintaining a beautiful garden. I thought of you when we were in Galstonbury recently - you've dne a lovely job with the van.

BIW, I did a sort of mental 'thud' when I read 67kilos! Glad to hear the corrected weight. I get worried if Jet goes above 12.2. Last week he was 12.4 and had his rations cut and his walk extended to get rid of the extra. I may not be slim and fit, but there's no excuse for the dog

HS, (were you T****** E****?) your consistency is admirable - years of practice and experience paying off?

I'm quite frustrated at being injured again because I took the decision about three years ago to try to avoid the knee problems that have been my bugbear (I would say achillees heel, except it isn't the achilles that complains!) by changing my running style from heel striking to forefoot striking with a higher cadence and shorter stride length.  It has been a succesful change and my injury level plummeted.

This time round I think I just 'forgot' - to run carefully, and that I am now almost 10 years older than my avatar. Following a mile of warm-up I was at .99 of a timed mile and pushing myself to get under a particular target when the 'pop' happened. It wouldn't surprise me if I had reverted to what comes naturally and over-strided.

Anyway the good news is that I'm seeing a physio tomorrow and will listen very very carefully to the advice I'm given. As you all so rightly comment above, use it while you've got it. Now all I have to do is make a very gentle comeback without hurting myself again.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 20:42

Thanks for the welcome back (Columba, I have seen you on here before - I've been around RW since 2002, and you'll find me on the first page of this thread as well as its predecessor).

Congratulations on the tri results IW, that's impressive - that swim result was good, how are the bones now? I hope the dogs recover quickly.

Redhead, Kenyan Hills sound tough, what's your latest challenge?

I rarely have time to keep up with everyone, but it is August and the days are a bit less fraught before the schools go back. This may yet be another flying visit.

Jet the dog is a joy, and still, at two years old, a bundle of energetic and creative mischief. He has his silver 'good citizen' award from the Kennel Club and I'm hoping to start agility with him in October - that will be good for me as well! This last three weeks he's missed his daily long walk with me so he's going a bit stir-crazy right now.

I'm off the crutches now, with an MRI booked for next Saturday to confirm the diagnosis of a medial meniscus tear, which is healing steadily, so I hope to be back to running in about a month.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 14:55

Hello Popping in again after  long absence. How is everyone? (and what are Kenyan Hills?)


Posted: 12/02/2012 at 00:21

Thanks for that reply.

I've googled enough to understand some of the pitfalls of surgery, all the docs so far (11 of them) have set my expectations very low; "poor outcome" is a phrase I've heard many times. But all that is academic and google doesn't give me experience.

I was hoping for some real-life "it happened to me and this was my experience" stories to fill the gaps between pictures, and maybe offer some postives; all seems unremittingly negative at present.


Posted: 10/02/2012 at 23:05

Does anyone have any experience of this. I'm probably going to have this op in March and I wondered whether I can expect any serious improvement, other than in pain levels when I stop doing the hand therapy exercises.

Background - r hand little finger. Pilon fracture Sept 11, damaged PIP joint, Suzuki frame fitted, removed after 8 weeks. Aggressive physio has resulted in passive movement significantly better than active movement. (*I* notice there is no 'groove' in top of PIP joint - medics haven't commented on that yet.) Almost no movement in DIP joint.


Posted: 30/10/2011 at 13:44

My apologies everyone. Last year I entered under the official transfer system, so assumed this was still in operation.

However, I've just searched every bit of informaiton I can find about this race and there is no mention of the ability to transfer this year.

Therefore I conclude that it isn't possible in 2012.

Sorry to have raised hopes in vain.



Posted: 29/10/2011 at 19:39
I have a confirmed entry but have been out of action with a hand injury (pilon fracture with Suzuki frame) that has prevented me running or doing any other exercise for several weeks already, and which will take many weeks to heal properly, so I'm being realistic about the options. I may defer to 2013, but if anyone wants the place for this year, I'm happy to trade.


Posted: 29/10/2011 at 15:56


Posted: 29/10/2011 at 15:56

Hi All,

 If anyone wants a guaranteed (non-charity) place then please get in touch with me via the forum to achieve a swap.

Otherwise, how is the training going?

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