Monthly Archives: December 2014

Not LMFAO

A Party Rock Anthem induced setback

Well if LFMAO can interpolate Rick Ross’s “Hustlin’” for their hit track then I guess I can interpolate LMFAO’s lyrics to “Everyday I’m hobblin’” – seeing as it was their hit track that has put my recovery back by another week or so…

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The (hopefully short) road to recovery

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Well the good news is that the calf responded really well to the RICE treatment and it’s definitely only a grade 1 strain. I’m hoping my decision to stop my run when I felt the strain developing will mean I have limited the damage. The bad news, if you could call it that, is the swelling around the area seems to have impinged on my nerve, leaving my foot numb around the outside of my ankle and along the outer edge of my foot, but this has improved during the day.

Today I kept my calf-guard on all day to provide some compression and support and keep the blood flow up, which seems to have helped. I mean, I couldn’t exactly walk around the office with an ice pack strapped on, could I!

Tonight at home I’ll do so light stretching to assess how it feels. Given that my nerve is still impinged I figure there must still be some swelling so I’m going to continue the RICE treatment until tomorrow at least. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to swap over to heat treatment and start massage and stretching. All things being well I’ll be able to start light exercises on my calf in a few days and hopefully a light jog on the weekend.

Fingers crossed!

Happy running everyone!

Bernie

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Finding a spanner on my long run

I’m currently writing this post sitting on the tube, dressed in enough hi-vis that I should be handing out sunglasses, slightly sweaty, probably smelly and attracting some weird looks from passengers. That could be the limp though…
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I very rarely need to abandon runs but near the 6km mark of my planned 21km run I had to stop running and make for public transport thanks to a developing calf strain. I don’t really know what caused it, all I know is that after stopping to help a cyclist with directions for about 30 seconds I set off and immediately noticed a tightness in my calf. Five minutes later I knew I had a problem and two minutes after that I knew I’d strained it. Luckily for me where I had stopped was only about a half-mile (limping) walk from a tube stop and, being prepared, I’d thankfully brought my travel card.

Time now to get myself home, get the ice and compression going and get my leg elevated. I’ll assess tomorrow how it pulls up, but with my next race being a month away I’m pretty sure I’ll be ok.

Actually, just realised, I’m *definitely* smelly. Maybe a shower first before the RICE…

Happy running everyone!

Bernie

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A plan is coming together…

It would seem next years racing schedule is starting to take shape. Well, at least the first part of the year.

Two weeks ago I registered for the Benfleet 15, a 15mile trail race through the mud and snow of Kent, in the middle of January. I’m doing it as a ‘warm up’ for Ragnar Relay Florida, though it’ll be anything but warm!

I also received news last week that I was lucky enough to get a London Marathon charity place through my work, raising money for Shelter, one of our nominated charities. I’ve wanted to run London for years, but never got through the ballot, so I’m pretty stoked to have been given a charity place. It’s a lot of money to raise but its for a very good cause so I’m sure I’ll get there.

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