Well yesterday I met with my Dr to discuss the findings of last weeks MRI scan on my left foot and as I sat down he churpilly said “so jules when is your next marathon coz I dont thing its going to happen” so I knew it was not going to be great news but hey ho, it is what it is.
My left foot has been problematic and painful since October last year and despite seeing 4 different physio’s and a chiropodist looking at it’s still bloody painful 🙂 its an odd pain tho and often is ok when I run but painful afterwards and at odd times during the day often when I am doing nothing so a bit weird really. Anyway I digress !
During last weeks scan I had my foot and ankle scanned and it turns out that I have 2 problems both fairly severe but I think i can deal with both without too much disruption to my life and hopefully my running too.
I was screened/scanned for all types of common running injuries and problems, My Dr knows me well and has signed marathon medical forms for me so no point pretending I don’t run to him.
I have a chronic tear in my ATFL (anterior talo-fibular ligament) and my AITFL (anterior inferior talo-fibular ligament) sounds a bit sifi 🙂 but I also have osteoarthritis in my tibiotalar joint and prominent anterior osteophytes seen arising from my anterior tibia and mild first MTP joint arthrosis and moderate interphalangeal osteoarthritis of the great toe. FECK !!!!!!!!!
But to put a positive slant on things, I have “old mans” disease which is cool coz I can deal with pain and a few torn ligaments which may well be from a 15 year old injury but I will find out more in a couple weeks.
The good news is that everything else is perfect so all running related possible injuries and complications all came back negative, well if you can ignore torn ligaments 🙂 BUT Since I became “skinny Jules” I have not injured or twisted my ankle so I am thinking it was an accident I had 15 years ago which put me in a wheelchair for a year.
I have a consultation in 22nd April so not too long to wait.
So what to do……….After much thinking and soul searching these past 24 hours I have decided nothing, I am going to carry on as normal and stick to the shorter runs so half marathons and below and wait until I get told different. My Dr said “thank god it never snapped during a marathon” and when I questioned that he said it would involve a lot of pain and emergency surgery, my thoughts are I am already in pain and surely to god emergency surgery is better than waiting for 6 months for the same procedure 🙂 see I can put a positive slant on anything haha, seriously if this is a historic injury the its at no more risk of further damage than anyone else out there. I will avoid long training runs alone for the time being for obvious reasons.
Ok so onto today…..
Sue had always planned to do her first parkrun before her birthday next week and having only just started running I was pleased when she said lets go for it this week and even more pleased that despite my news she still wanted to go for it. So I asked a few people for a nice flat single lap route and we chose the Southsea parkrun which is flat and potentially fast in better weather, it was a tad breezy today but beautiful.
We arrived a little later than planned at about 08:35 so drank our pre race coffee and headed to the bathrooms before arriving at the start about 08:55 just time for a quick round of our dynamic stretches and then we walked to the start line with everyone else. Sue headed for the back and my plan was to start about mid-way but as they were counting down I saw my club mate and uber fast runner Danny White appear at the front so I pushed forward just in time to say hi, This of course meant I started on the front row, something I was quite happy to do 3 months ago but had not planned to today haha, anyway off we went and to be honest it felt good pushing a little harder although my head was full of negative thoughts so I slowed a little until I found my natural pace, Its a slightly changed route because Clarence Pier is closed but we ran along to the pier then turned and ran about 1.5 miles to the normal turn point and I saw Danny racing along at this point and got a very welcome “well done Jules” I then turned and headed back into the wind and after about .4 of a mile I saw Sue looking very strong which gave me a buzz. I ran through until the end and had a quick chat with Danny and I honestly think that is what helped make my decision to continue with my running, thanks Danny 🙂
I then headed back to the car to grab a bottle of water for Sue and to head back to meet her, I caught up with her about half a mile from the end looking great and we ran together to the finish.
Danny crossed the line in 3rd place in 18:01
I crossed the line in 32nd place in 21:42 which is an awesome 40 seconds quicker than last week and a post injury pb
Sue crossed the line in 146th place and an even more impressive 31:17 on her first ever parkrun
3 lordshiller’s and 3 amazing results I am so proud right now with Sue’s achievements I could pop 🙂
One this dawned on me this morning…..With sue running I have lost my race photographer, NOT happy hahaha but here is a quick post race photo.
I will update you all once I see my Specialist but thanks to today I can confirm that for now at least I am down-not out.