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Now where did I put my Zimmer frame?


Ooh ouch I’ve gone and done it now.  Just when I thought my dodgy leg was back to normal after 3 days rest, I go out for  run on Tuesday and discover too late that I should have had a few more days rest.  Now I have a really painful hip and I am limping in a rather pathetic comical fashion!  Full ahead slow…Grrr, It’s horrible being practically helpless.  All the time scowling at passing runners.  (I promise I’ll now be more sympathetic when running on busy pavements at very slow limping pedestrians… they might be injured runners!)

My training plan on Tuesday said 4 miles easy at pace of 10.30mins per mile. When I first read the plan I had scoffed at the slow pace, (I normally run between 9 and 10 min miles for easy or long runs), but figured it would be appropriate on Tuesday to test out my leg and hopefully loosen it up.  Running wasn’t painful but I couldn’t run fast and the easy pace was all I was actually capable of.

After a bit of research I’ve worked out which bit of my anatomy is the trouble. My hip muscles are probably strained a bit and are referring pain to my glutes and quads. Caused most likely by general over-training/pushing my pace together with recent long periods sitting still on long car journeys to Devon.   The best remedy seems to be ibuprofen and no surprises, rest! Plus some stretching and strengthening exercises and easing back into things gradually…

It’s so frustrating as this is my last week in London for a while and my last chance to run here and be able to go to BMF.  Not to mention my Half-Marathon training plans and burning need to go back to parkrun!

Oh well, I guess its payback for not taking a sensible long break after Juneathon before HM training started.  I will just have to take the break now instead, chill out and then carry on with my HM plan, joining back in at week 3 or so.  We could do with some sun to make the sun-lounger an option!

4.06 miles 42.47 mins

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

8 thoughts on “Now where did I put my Zimmer frame?

  1. You have my sympathy, but I’m sure that you’ll be back on your feet in no time!

  2. You have my sympathy, but I’m sure that you’ll be back on your running feet in no time!

  3. I agree with the need for SUN I do hope it is something that simple – perhaps you need to invest in a foam roller and a sports massage too…

  4. Try this stretch. Sit on the floor, legs out in front of you. Hoook your upper arms under your lower leg and pull your foot towards your forehead. Try to open your hip out sideways as you do so (probably best not to have anyone else in the room as it’s not v. elegant). Don’t lean forward. Hold your leg/foot as close to your head as poss for 30 seconds. Rest and repeat.

  5. very frustrating, but definitely rest to get it better, you have achieved an amazing amount so far this year, you can afford your body a little break 🙂

  6. Grrr. As I’m a little behind, I’m hoping that by the time I post this, you’ve thrown away the Zimmer frame and are back to full health.

  7. Don’t panic about your waylaid training plan – I’m sure you’ll be able to pick up on it easily once your legs feel better.

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