Monday, 18 February 2013

A slow recovery

Well this Sunday marked the 13th week anniversary since I did my heroic splits.  It has been easing & in the past few weeks I have even managed a small (300m) run on the treadmill.  This pulled, but wasn't as bad as before.  I was told that this injury would take a long time to get better & boy were they right.  Nearly 3 months have passed & it's driving me mad!!

As I have mentioned on previous entries, I have managed to be able to spin & use the cross trainer & yesterday I went out on my bike, over a usual hilly route just to see what it was like.  I'm pleased to report that I managed to do the 20 odd mile ride relatively pain free, which is encouraging news as I have a place in the London 100miler in August.  This is a legacy of the Olympics & it's a 100 mile race on closed roads using the Olymipc route.  We only go up Box Hill once, but have to endure the horrors of Leith Hill, which is a killer.  I'm aiming to finish it in around 6.5 hours.

Our 20 mile route

I may well be doing a half marathon this weekend, it's called the Moonlight Challenge & it's done at night cross country.  I plan on walking it as I still can't run, but I am very much dependant on the weather. If it's too wet I won't & if it's icy I won't as I can't risk doing the splits again!!

I shall keep plugging away down the gym & have even bought myself a new pair of swimmies as I need to get back into the pool!!

Boys medium, which I think is the right size?!?!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Update on my injury

Well ladies & gents, as you can probably gather from my lack of posts I'm still injured & have been now for over 10 weeks.  My lack of flexibility when I did the splits 3 times back in November has put me on the sidelines for far longer than I expected.  The only consolation is that I am still able to do spin classes (don't want to risk going out on my road bike in case I have a relapse 20 miles from home) & I have rediscovered the cross trainer.  Both of which are pain free

I have tried to swim front crawl a couple of times & it just pulls my groin.  Breast stroke on the other hand now doesn't, so I've even been back in the pool a few times.

It's fair to say I have been living at the gym, just trying to do what I can

I went once or twice to the gym in January!!

I have now sort medical attention for my groin & on Monday went to Beneden Hospital in Kent, where the consultant x-rayed the offending area & gave me the good news that nothing is 'broken' & I do not need surgery.

Today I have seen the physio via work & he has given me some stretches to do, to ease the hip flexor.  Next week he will give me some strengthening exercises. It is going to be a further long road to recovery & I have had to drop out of the Shakespeare Marathon at the end of April as I still can't run.  I tried again on Sunday, but after 3 steps the pain was too great & clearly pulling.

The offending injured muscles!!

I'm having 6 weeks of physio & then back to see the consultant.  I'm hoping to avoid the injection & hoping the muscle will recover quicker with the exercises??

I shall now have to do the Loch Ness marathon in September this year!!