It’s been a while since my last diary post and a lot has happened in the last two weeks!
At the end of March I completed my Sport Relief three miles and raised a final total of £267.40. Thanks so much to all who sponsored me and to the family who came down on the day to cheer me on. It may have only been 5k but it was tough! A new course, first morning run and it was pretty warm too. I didn’t get the best time but I did it and was really proud of myself. I even got my first bling!
I learnt a few things from that run. Firstly, running in the evening and running in the morning is different. My body is not used to running in the morning – must fix that. Secondly, the crowds do help encourage you to carry on – even when you feel like you are about to pass out across the finish line, you do it with a smile on your face because they are cheering you on.
I’ve done a few 5k’s since then including the big one – my graduation run from the couch to 5k programme. Last Tuesday us newbies went to ‘big school’ and joined the Leighton Fun Runner club night for our first run with the club members, and it did very much feel like your first day at a new school! All the older (more fit) kids scoping out the newbies and vice versa. We all huddled in a corner and tried not to look out of place surrounded by a sea of well tuned runners in club uniform. We all headed out together to do our graduation 5k, there must have been about 100 runners in total. Us newbies headed off first – not sure how long the big guys waited before they chased us down but I managed to hit about the 3.5k mark before they all started flying passed me. They were great though – offered words of encouragement one even shouted “Love your blog” as he zoomed by! But it must have spurred me on because that night I smashed over a minute off my best 5k time! Still a way off my target of under 30 mins but I am getting there 🙂
Unfortunately though, after the extreme high of Tuesday night, I came back down to earth with a bit of a bump. When I got home my ankle was the size of a balloon. I had been feeling some tenderness around the ankle bone but nothing too bad but after putting ice on it that night and still being pretty swollen the next morning I decided it was best to get it checked out. I didn’t want to see the doctor as they’d just say rest it and then would probably go round in circles before anything actually got dealt with so decided to check out the local physio, Brecon Clinic. I did try and get a run in on Thursday night but after about 2k I had to throw in the towel.
So I hobbled off to physio on Friday. I’d never visited a physio before so wasn’t sure what to expect but certainly wasn’t expecting what did happen! An hour of assessment, poking, pulling, electrocuting, stretching, cracking and god knows what. But my ankle did feel loads better at the end of it!. It turns out that I have some hip and foot jouint issues which is causing problems for my tendons, causing the foot to swell. The physio gave me some exercises to do, told me to ice it twice a day and take ibuprofen and then rest until my next run on Tuesday. Hopefully it will not hinder my running progress for too long.
I’ve got to admit, I never thought I would say it but I’m really missing running. I’ve felt great physically and mentally since I started back in January and the last few days have been a real downer 😦 Having to stop has certainly made me realise what a difference it has made to me and I can’t wait to get back to it. Keep your finger crossed for me for Tuesday!