My running week (Y2-9)

It feels like the last five weeks haven’t happened and here I am back on the injury bench once again.  Having progressed so well with my gradual return to running, I was definitely not happy with the news from physio on Thursday.

My goal for this week was to complete one training run and be tail walker at parkrun.  I’d planned a quiet week as I knew I’d be running in some way during my exercise stress test on Tuesday, see Random Ramblings.

Monday was a lovely day and I went for a walk with a friend, we did about 4 miles and that was ok on my calf.  Tuesday morning I was at the hospital on the treadmill.  To be honest the first level on the stress test was a pretty rapid walk on a reasonable incline, so my calf was being put under stress immediately. As the test progressed the incline and speed increased until a rapid walk became a slow jog, then a faster run until I went dizzy and the test was stopped.  At the time I didn’t have any significant pain to my calf, but as my entire body was exhausted from being pushed to the point where I almost passed out I may just have been oblivious to the pain.

Then Thursday morning arrived and it was time for my physio appointment, I was already uncertain about when, or if, I could fit in a training run and also worried about the impact band practice has on my calf.  Physio was expecting to hear that everything was ok and I was progressing fine with my return to running and that he could discharge me, honestly I was hoping for the same.  But after a lot of painful prodding he concluded that my calf should be better than it is and that he wasn’t happy with my recovery… just 10 days before Chester 10k and my dream of crossing the finishing line turns out to be just fantasy.

After some speculation about whether my previous chemotherapy may somehow be responsible for slower healing he decided to refer me to his superior for advice, and until we have a new plan I should minimise stress on my calf (with the exception of the strengthening exercises).

So, no 10k, no parkrun, no band, no trying to run, no walking at speed, no walking too far… just waiting and hoping they come up with a plan sooner rather than later.


11 comments on “My running week (Y2-9)”
  1. Invisibly Me says:

    Oh Karen, I’m so sorry it wasn’t better news. I can only imagine how frustrated and disheartened you are. It sounds like your body is needing longer to heal and recover, as annoying as that is. I’m glad the physio is getting further input and reviewing how best to proceed because you want the best care and treatment now, to help you in the long run. Hang in there. The time taken to heal well now will pay off and be worth it, you just have to have faith. Sending hugs xxxx

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    1. Karen says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely words, it was a bit of a blow but onwards and upwards as they say. I will get there it will just take a bit longer. Hope you’re ok xx

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  2. I feel so sad for you. While not the same, I have an problem with my knee and I feel so frustrated as I can only push myself so far. Hang in there, Bluesky.

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    1. Karen says:

      Thank you, it is the same, any injury or weakness that stops you doing what you want is extremely frustrating. I’ll be fine and I’m certain it’ll get fixed, just very annoyed that it’s not better now.
      Your lovely words mean so much, take care x


  3. ashleyleia says:

    Oh that’s frustrating. I hope the other physio has some good ideas.

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    1. Karen says:

      As long as it doesn’t involve surgery

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    1. Karen says:

      Too much time when it comes to recovering from injury! Thanks for reading 🙂

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      1. Betul Erbasi says:

        yeah, some things take more than others. Wish you a quicker recovery!

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      2. Karen says:

        Thank you 🙂

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  4. Sending you lots of love and good wishes ❤️


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