Jacquie Millett

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Comrades 2015

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 .

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Posted: 02/09/2014 at 08:55

Oh good - we can have a mini Comrades meet up at Thames Meander !

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Posted: 01/09/2014 at 14:39

Both Camilla and I are in. More hill training this year so I don't have to walk up them all!

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Posted: 24/07/2014 at 09:19

Hi everyone - just catching up on what has been going on. Every so often I stop getting notifications about the forum and miss posts. Welcome Stephen - I agree no sports company needed - you can find out everything you need to know on this forum! Had a busy time since Comrades trying to run my way into the 100 marathon club before I'm too old to enjoy it!  As much as I love the hot weather I wouldn't mind a few clouds and even some rain for this afternoon as I have my next event starting at 4 pm! Talking about events does anyone have an entry to the Bournemouth marathon that they won't be using? Transfer is permitted - probably a bit early yet for non-starters but would be grateful if you could keep this in mind. 

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Posted: 06/06/2014 at 15:46

Really enjoyed reading your Blog WA - I remember very little of my journey - so good to be reminded!

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Posted: 06/06/2014 at 09:29

Not as crazy a thought Douglas as me picking up my Green number age 70yrs!

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Posted: 05/06/2014 at 23:16

I'll be there ! 

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Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:53

justanothrrnr -  Thanks for that - I'm pleased it wasn't all in my head! Why don't those bits appear on the videos? Looking at them you'd think I walked the whole 56 miles! Sorry you were disappointed with your run - the back to back medal is nice!

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Posted: 05/06/2014 at 11:21

Simply one of the best times of my life - and with 60 odd years of experiences behind me that's saying something! What made it so special though wasn't my result (9:57:34), winning my age category (by 24 secs!) or attending the award ceremony - but spending time with a bunch of really supportive and inspirational people. As Slotwin said everyone one of us has own own story to tell and I can't think of many better ways of spending a weekend than listening to those stories from the past and becoming part of the stories of the future.

I think Cam and I were possibly the oldest and youngest of the group and not the fastest or slowest but we both had such a good time and so much fun which I think demonstrates how inclusive and welcoming you all were.

My race went well - I started with a 10:30 pace band and apart from constantly worrying about being 20 mins or so ahead of schedule I felt reasonably comfortable throughout. My last 7K were my fastest and I did feel like I was flying into Durban - (has to be said not exactly reflected in the race videos and photos) but I did sprint into the stadium - (well again evidence suggests not quite as fast as I thought) and overtook second place V60 on the grass. I think you 'win' or 'lose' this race in your head!

There were so many good performances and so much to celebrate but for me personally Cam's 10:34:05  was the performance of the day (not that I'm biased or anything!). After only a year of running, and originally only coming out to make sure I didn't have any more accidents, she embraced the event, thoroughly enjoyed her run and is now looking forward to next year. I've just had a text from her saying 'just done the stairs at Russell Square - training for the up run'!

I'll be back next year - have to try the up-run without breaking any bones!

Thank you everyone for being part of my Comrades experience.



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Posted: 23/05/2014 at 15:55

Muzza haven't received final confirmation email yet either.

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