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London Postponed

All the facts are in, and the decision has been made. I have deferred my entry until next year.

I have deferred my entry until next year.

I am obviously gutted but feel happy that this is the right decision for me right now. My physio has lined me up with some exercises which, if I carry them out over the next 6 weeks whilst I am not running, will help me to stop scuffing my foot when I run. This has been such an issue for me across recent years that could be a real game changer for next year and gets me really excited.

I need to use this as a chance to grow stronger, become lighter, and improve my running form, so next year I can come back to London and really lay it down there.

So a 6 week break is required first. As well as being out and about on my bike, I intend to have a spring clean here, and the plans I had for this blog for after London will be implemented.

Thank you for everyone’s support up to now- it has been hugely appreciated.

But I promise- this is only the start! BRING ON 2018!

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A step away from London

After a cracking weekend, and a fantastic ride on Saturday to celebrate my son’s 21st birthday (with lots of attacking and no hip pain whatsoever) -(https://www.strava.com/activities/923111252/embed/a5aad4e32e1529c9076d317a996e7b63cd86a7c4) – tonight was all about a trial run test my hip.

I am sorry to say it was not great. After a 5 minute warm-up (which is included in the strava profile), I gently started running- and it hurt straight away.

It was nice to be running again after nearly 3 weeks, and I am pleased to say that I am noticeably stronger in my stance, with little scuffing of my foot. I kept going, and the pain never got any worse- nor did it get any better. After 30 minutes I cooled down (again, included in the strava).

Back to the Physio tomorrow night, for a decision. But right now, it is not looking good for a run around London in 3 weeks time. (Cue sad music and montage of me running for the last few months, with perhaps some puppies in the back ground).

https://www.strava.com/activities/926644109/embed/be7b5da272e4829137f0ef5e6e22769ee7c88fe7

Wheels Turning

I really could not face the turbo tonight. The physio said i have to slot in 3 rides this week, so I knew I needed to ride- but just not that. Even though it was lightly raining out, I knew I just could not stomach a session in the garage.

Damp weather= chance to try out my new overshoes. #rapha #stillriding

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So I went out on the road, along my normal 13.5-mile route. A headwind on the way out made it less fun that I would have liked, but a tailwind on the way back made it lots more fun.

I am pleased to say my hip felt great all the way. I know I am not standing on my bike when I ride to prevent aggravation, but even so, it feels fine. A positive sign for Monday on my trial run maybe?

https://www.strava.com/activities/919728626/embed/d44c967b8356e2f00b92b84c729b584d7cf785e5

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!

A full Marathon! *

(* Disclaimer- on my bike).

It was great to get out on my bike into the real world, with roads, and headwinds, and potholes. Sadly my heart rate monitor failed to join me, but it was OK as I was taking it easy in the sun. The tailwind on the way out greatly helped me settle back in, although on the way back it turned into a head wind which made me ride in an echelon.

My hip started to twinge with 3 miles to go, so I changed down a gear and upped my cadence, and it seemed to be OK (although it has been sore since I got home). It also prevented me from standing up whilst riding; not the end of the world.

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I know it is a spooky coincidence that I rode the same distance as a marathon today, and was no way intended when I set off. However, it has reminded just how far a marathon is. I really don’t know if I am capable of it; as I sit here, my hip is hurting, and my longest long run is only 14 miles. I want to go, to run, to walk, to celebrate being in London.

But I also need to know that I will make it through the other end alive, and without the need for surgery.

https://www.strava.com/activities/913515199/embed/27fa665517ca9588e7b932194d70bc17fd541c6f

Turbo Time!

With just 30 days ( or one calendar month) to go, I needed to do something, so I got onto the turbo trainer with my bike (which the physio said would be fine). 45 minutes ticked off- I could have kept going but I want to ease back into the riding.

2 days into the exercises and they seem to be going well. My thigh feels less tight, especially when I have been sat for any period. It was hurting a fair bit this morning but I put that down to lying wrongly in bed.

The truth is as it gets closer I get more and more excited. I don’t care what time I do, I just want to be part of the carnival- a celebration of London. At this time, this is even more important than ever.

https://www.strava.com/activities/911585626/embed/5a7445234dc99a06a86553315b42b727455fc216

 

Physio

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.

https://www.strava.com/activities/906494340/embed/67ee8b42aa9f840f42205d8978198632f5614a97

Ouch

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…..

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