Posted: 24/11/2014 at 14:33
Hi everyone - haven't been on this site for a while- as some of you will know I've been struggling with a bad injury that I was initially told would stop my running career - wasn't very happy about this as you can imagine especially as I still feel that I've only just got started! Problem was/ is that I tripped a couple of times in September (nothing new for me) and bumped my knee. It didn't cause me much discomfort so I then went on to run 6 marathons in a week and two more the following week - the last one being Berlin. To be fair my knee did hurt more during this time but I saw 3 different physio's who all said it was IT band stuff - not a big deal - however by the time I ran Berlin I knew I shouldn't be running but it was to be my 52nd marathon within 52 weeks and I had been hoping for a PB too. In the end I came in (disappointingly) just under 4 hours but within an hour of finishing I literally couldn't walk - even Easyjet took pity on me and gave me free priority boarding.
To cut a long story short I had apparently been running on a fractured femur (near knee joint) and had severe bone marrow oedema - spent around 4-6 weeks on and off crutches - more or less housebound and now 8 weeks later can just about walk again.
As I didn't like the first doctors prognosis I found another doctor at Institute of Exercise and Sport who says he hopes that I will be ok for Comrades 2015. I've had to cancel so many races and put my 100 marathon club journey on hold for now. It's been very depressing mostly because I havent been able to do any exercise - now at least I can swim (to the extent that I can - not a swimmer!) I have another appointment with the consultant this week but even I know that I'm not ready to run again yet. I'm thinking that if I can start in January I could still make it.Meanwhile hotel is booked (Hilton again) and whatever happens I will be there to see my daughter (Camilla) get her back to back and who knows maybe even to defend my age group title - though I'm not an uphill runner at the best of times.
It's good to read about everyone's qualifying times and training plans. Hopefully I will be joining you soon back on the circuit. Events that I hope to still make include Eco-trail De Paris in March and VLM . Haven't yet cancelled Thames Path 100 which is in May but suspect I will given the situation I am now in. Maybe best leave the 100 miler for post Comrades! good to see some new names on the forum - looking forward to meeting up sometime .