Back to the Physio

My physio is pleased with the progress I am making. I have tried to push him a bit about when can I run, or when shall I defer my place in the marathon.

Simple answer- next week.

I have a timetable of things to do this week- stretches, strengthening exercises, turbo training and riding- and then- next Monday- I can have a trial run. A 5-minute walk to warm up and then a 30-minute normal effort to test the hip.

I am already nervous/ excited! I am back to see him next Tuesday and we will see how I go and make a decision then. I have not run (other than a rubbish 2 miles) for over 2 weeks; my longest run is still 14 miles, and I have not successfully run over 13 miles in one go for over a month.

However, the dream is still there and alive. Once again, I am surprised and bewildered that I am not having trouble with my heart- like I thought I would at the start- it is the rest of me that is falling to pieces. If he says to me ‘No!’ then no it is, and I will defer my place to next year- although I want to do this, I also want to walk afterwards.

It is still on the cards, though. There is a small slip of light creeping through the doorway- a glimmer that maybe, just maybe, I can go and have my own carnival around London. Yes, I may walk, and yes, the running I will do will be slow, but it will be me and honest and alive- something I never, ever thought I would do when I first had heart troubles.

Lets do this!



Tonight was all about the physio. He took measurements, and got me to walk up and down, and asked me questions.

The verdict? It could be my sciatic nerve, causing trouble in my muscles. I have some stretches to do- AND NO RUNNING FOR A WEEK.

But on the other half- I can ride my bike! So I have started the exercises tonight and will look to get some miles in on the bike shortly.

I am back again next week so we will see how it goes- I do not have to make a decision now. I feel a bit bruised- he did some serious deep massage on my buttocks (he giggled a bit when he told me it may be sore tomorrow).

This is all positive! It is not a no, which I was worried about- it is a ‘see how it goes’. I have plenty of time ahead of me if I need to pull out- so right now it is all about stretching and getting better.

A different approach

With my hip sore at almost any given moment, I have felt a bit lost sat around. Whenever I do go out, there just seems to be hundreds of people running and riding. Frustrating! Combine this with a massive cooked breakfast, guilt has been setting in.

Bring on the turbo trainer. I did think about trying my bike, but I figured if my hip started hurting then statistically it would be at the furthest point away from home, and I would have to ride back again in pain and possible further damage.

It was a very gentle turbo session of 30 minutes, but I am pleased to say, it felt fine. The sore place on the front of my hip was still sore, but the side part- which is the major pain- was good. Who knows- it may have done it some good! (Although it has been a bit sore afterwards, but this could have been down to swinging my leg over the bike when I got off).

It must be said it was nice to sit on the bike again. Something I promised myself at the start of all of this was I would keep riding, and I have not done this. I can not change it now, but just to say, it was nice to be on the bike.

Physio Tuesday, and I will know what I need to do to be on the start line on April 23rd. It is interesting that I am now making plans for afterwards- things I want to do, places I want to run (and ride). I have some BIG plans for this blog as well; in fact, I started some training today in the use of a new-to-me piece of software to help make it happen.

It maybe a bit early for all of this, but right now, I am feeling positive.


Oh dear.

After lots of stretching exercises, I wanted to try a gentle 5km tonight, to keep my hand (legs?) in.

Not good- my hip started to hurt after half a mile, and I had to stop after 2 miles due to the pain.

I think I need to visit a professional now.

Types email frantically…..

To be continued…..

Hickory Dickory Dock…

Following my massive success from Saturday (not), I thought I better do some research to get some strength training/ stretches. New territory to me, but there you go.

Some frantic Googling shows that the pains in my right hip are definitely (could be) for the following reasons-

  • I have a pain in the front of my hip, just above my crouch (where they went in for my angiogram). It does seem this is a hip flexor problem; confirmed that (according to wags on the net) it is set off by too much sitting. My pain causes especially extra dragging in my leg after driving and/ or sitting for any length of time, so I am quite nearly sure of this one.
  • The pain on the right side of my hip- which feels like a small tea plate around the edge of my hip joint- is definitely either Trochanteric Burtis or Iliotibial Band (IT Band) syndrome. It is more than likely the second one, but the first is a maybe, so I could not rule it out. In my humble medical opinion, as a doctor.

So armed with this spot-on accurate medically precise information, I have now researched a quite hot lady physiotherapist on youtube (which took an inordinate amount of time- really, you will be amazed how long it took), and have 14 stretches to try and knock it my painful hip into some shape. I did them earlier and they felt weird and made me sweat a bit, and fingers crossed if completed regularly will help me drag my bones across the line on the Mall sometime mid-afternoon on the 23rd April.


Still sore

A sore throat, tiredness, the headaches- all still there. Just hoping for a break from it so I can get back out- or I will have to just get out and try to ignore how I am feeling. The date is immovable- I will have to be there on the day and be as ready as I can.

Because of how I feel, I am shifting my goals. From possibilities and options, I am now looking for stamina to be able to finish. I was originally planning to move onto speed sessions now, and hill repeats, to add some colour to my form. Instead, I am now aiming to complete the Braunton 10 miler on Sunday 22nd January. It is a great event with a couple hills so will be good to have in my training repertoire.

So this is my next goal- just to get out and go steady for this event. Once I have down this, I intend to open up the miles and add some speed.

Wish me luck! (Please??!!).



My feeling of crappiness over the last week has developed into a cold. Not much I know, and I know I am so much luckier than so many, many people, but it does mean- once again- my training gets paused.

I know that in theory, I can train whilst it is above the neck, but the key thing is- all I want to do is sit, shut my eyes, in the dark, in the quiet. My moral and drive has just gone.

Look, I don’t want to over-egg this- I know it is just a cold. But I am genuinely worried about pausing my training right now. London will only happen on one day next year, and I have to be ready. And my second cold in 2 months is just not helping.

It is what it is; I guess I will just have to try harder once I am better again.


So, I have a cold. A right pain, but there you are. Given the choice (I don’t have a choice), but I would rather have one now than March time. So be it. 

I am just keen to get started. I have only run 2 miles so far, and it feels like a dream, a plan, rather than a real event. 

Patience is a virtual…

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