Following a successful initial two weeks of my return to running, I had great expectations for week three of my physio’s plan which was:
Run 5: 8 mins running, 2 mins walking x3
Run 6: 12 mins running, 2 mins walking x2
However, Monday morning arrived and my right calf and hip were persistently sore, ‘not to worry’, I thought ‘Monday and Tuesday are rest days, it’ll be fine by Wednesday’. But first I had to ensure these two rest days were indeed restful. . . always a problem! However, knowing my children I knew that a trip to the cinema on Monday would be sufficient entertainment that I could relax for the remainder of the day, so off we went to see The Lion King.
A core strength gym session on Tuesday and I still hoped that thing’s would be ok. But when I woke on Wednesday and my leg was still significantly sore, I thought maybe a return to running just isn’t going to happen.
Off I went to my 8am physio appointment with a plan to postpone run 5 until Saturday and take it from there. Physio has given me some new exercises and I’m trialling some arch support insoles on my right foot as an attempt to stabilize my slightly floppy ankle, which has a tendancy to drop inwards.
With physio exercises and using the insoles my leg was much improved by Saturday morning, just in time for a spot of parkrun tourism!