|Diary of a Reluctant Runner|
Where I'm getting real running injuries so I must be a runner!
Fresh from my previous great victory of, er, finishing the Gunnersbury Park Run (in record slow time) I decided to put myself though it once more - I'm a glutton for punishment me.
Part of the reason is because my 10 year old son has been absolutely enthused by it. He is, I have to add, extremely fast, so please don't think that he did the circuit with me. Not in a million years would he be seen jogging alongside mum. He has been whizzing round the course on his own and getting finishing times of around 26 minutes- very impressive.
Anyway, my major achievement this week was getting my 13 year old daughter out of bed. if you have a teenager you will understand exactly what an achievement that is. But there's more!
She actually did the Park Run with me.
Admittedly we nearly had a refusal half-way round when I didn't have any water. She diverted to the cafe (in a very bad mood) but it didn't take her long to catch-up with me and we got round.
It was good to have a companion helping me in my personal struggle and we actually managed to jog the whole first lap - without dropping down to a walk. That's a massive improvement for me, so despite coming second from last over the finish line it really didn't matter.
I was very pleased to see I had taken a whole 43 seconds of my time - a PERSONAL BEST!
So all was looking good, until - slight problem- I realised I could no longer walk on my left foot. The heel was very tender, swollen and bruised.
An urgent search on google has led me into a whole new world of injuries and terminology: Plantar Fascilitis/ Heel Spurs and Bruised Heel - also known as Policeman's heel apparently.
Anyway doing a swift self-diagnosis I reckon I have Bursitis. Never had that before.
So it's ice, rest and painkillers for me for a bit. Hope to still be able to make the Park Run on Saturday - if I can't run it I'll certainly cheer everyone else on - especially my son and those at the back.
If you have any miracle cures for my 'condition' please do send in. Hope I can run again soon. Did I really just say that? Blimey!
What on earth is happening to the reluctant runner?
Until next time - Onwards and Upwards!
2nd August 2012