Posted: 14/08/2013 at 10:27
CW: Seriously impressive. In my pre-running days I spent a lot of time walking in the Lakeland fells and teh BGR is not to be underestimated, especially unsupported.
Dan: Just rest and hope. Many injuries clear up faster than you think.
I've been following the thread on and off for the last couple of months, but not running as much as I would have liked - or had planned. Some of you may remember that I started a marathon training plan back in May in preparation for Abingdon. All went well for a few weeks, but my back wasn't good, and was getting worse. As well as my usual lower back pain, I felt very constricted in the upper back which was hampering me when I ran faster than 8mm. On a medium long run home one day my back completely seized up and I limped home at 10mm - taking any step was pretty bad.
So for the first time in many years I went to see someone about my body. I went to an osteopath recommended by a friend and spent the next 6 weeks being manipulated, prodded and stretched and stretching at home. My stiff hamstrings and hip flexors, combined with a stiff upper back seemed to have caused me to seize up completely.
Despite my scepticism (which remains pretty high), it really does seem to have done the trick. Although my lower back is still not 100%, my neck, shoulders and upper back are miles better, despite a week in Glastonbury and 2 weeks camping in Pembrokeshire.
And so I'm back running. Not far, not fast, but on the long road back to fitness. I will be running at Abingdon. I doubt I'll be troubling 3 hours, but 3:15 might be a reasonable target. It's quite scary how far off my old shape I'm in - but I'm viewing it as starting from scratch again - which in some ways it is. I haven't run properly since late 2011.