Posted: 17/04/2012 at 19:44
good evening all.
Great to see so many familiar names still posting. Sorry to hear you're not well LMH.
I thought I'd stick my head in to see how things are going as it's close to a year since I DNF'd London last year and stopped posting because I wasn't running much!
Well, it's been an eventful year and I haven't finished a race since Brighton last year. Haven't started one since my DNF.
My knee problems are still hanging around, but it's purely poor biomechanics rather than the possible torn meniscus the physio suspected.
I got back to running in the summer and just started to see some progress when I sprained my ankle again (the one I fractured on Stickless's run) which put me out again. Three weeks of no running at all and then the long slow return.
So, I took it easy and then as we came into March I was starting to see some consistency and some progress.
Then (I told you it was eventful) a bit of chest pain and breathlessness turned out to be a spontaneous pneumothorax and not muscular as the GP reg thought.
So I walked around with this for 3 days until I had a meeting with a chest physician colleague who, knowing I'm a runner and seeing me unable to walk and talk at the same time, put me in a taxi and took me to the hospital where we both work. I spent the weekend in the hospital after having 1.3 litres of air sucked out of my chest cavity via a needle big enough to inject a horse! Quite surreal it was to be treated by people I work with every day, both consultants and junior docs. And one quickly loses any dignity in a hospital gown with one's a**se hanging out
That was all nearly 4 weeks ago now. The pneumothorax is gone and although I'm under orders from the (non running, non exercising) doctor not to run I'm doing very very light jogging, stopping to walk as soon as I start to get out of breath. I'm trying hard to just look on this as a period of base training and it's really tough to take it so easy. But I have to run, so this is what I must do. I'm still mildly hopeful that I can do the marathon I have booked in for 4th June, although it's not looking good. My consultant is quite adamant that I mustn't do it...
Interestingly apparently tall slim people are more prone to spontaneous pneumothoraces. I am a statistical anomaly though as usually it's tall slim men aged 20-40. And I am neither male nor under 40!
So who is doing VLM then? I'm marshalling this year, at the Blue start. Then off to Mudchute to do the usual there.
Sorry to go on a bit...