Glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel

Glimmer number One

Monday I went see the physio and he agreed with me that the leg was a lot better. He saw no reason why I could not run The Grizzly which is this weekend. He advised me to try a three mile run the next day.

Glimmer number Two

Three mile run, completed – it did not feel brilliant but it was a start. 

Glimmer number Three

I managed 30 mins on the treadmill and a lunch time cycle ride. AND the legs felt OK.

Glimmer number Four

During a brief shopping trip today the knee started to hurt again and the bunion also, all those glimmers were disappearing. I went in to a specialist shoe shop. By specialist I mean they sell shoes for problem feet, in brief ‘old lady shoes’ but they also sell ‘accessories’ for said type of feet, and by this I don’t mean toerings. I explained my problem (well only the foot one) to the lady and she had a look at my feet and had me walk about a bit for her. I’ve thought for a while that the bunion is causing the issue in my opposite knee as I am trying to take the pressure off the alien breaking out of my big toe joint, she agrees with me. She produced some insoles and I tried them on, right away I could feel the difference in the bunion and the knee. I can wear them running but need to break them in slowly, just wearing them a couple of hours a day this week and then increasing. That glimmer was a very big glimmer now.

Glimmer number Five

I managed 40 minutes on the treadmill, oh my it is tedious though! It is the longest I have ever run for on Fred and the legs did not object too much.

Yes I think we might be getting there, yes I am touching wood and crossing everything, if you could also it would be appreciated !

Mid week I made the decision not to do The Grizzly the year. It will be there next year. It is a tough 18 mile run and although I know I would make it round due to my sheer stubborness, I really feel I would not enjoy it as would be worrying about the body making it. It was the sensible decision, but am disappointed, I hope to console myself with a plod on some of the footpaths round the village. 

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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3 Responses to Glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel

  1. You will get back to your wonderful full-functioning-no-knee-pain-Shazness. I am convinced of it. It’s not a nice place to be at all. Making that decision not to Grizzly this year must’ve been so tough. Here’s to more glimmers and full on dazzlings xxx

  2. mawil1 says:

    I’m glad to hear things are looking up- but what a plot twist at the end there! Permission from the physio to do the grizzly but you decided not to! I suspect that it’s the right decision, it’s good to listen to your intuition. I suspect that as you say, you could do it but you might knacker your knee forever😔 And three cheers for old lady shops!!!!! Better to overcome pride and find a solution rather than live in denial😆😆

  3. runtezza says:

    Sensible = sustainable – I’m sure it’s frustrating, but discretion is oft the better part of valour. You will totally nail it next year.

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