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.