An Enforced Sabbatical

Posted: 11th December 2014 by mockjogger in Medical
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OK, so where were we? Ah yes, I remember. The Great North Run. Sunshine, blue skies and a calf strain. I was happy just to get around. I looked forward to the next race.

Then I was tag teamed by two completely unconnected occurrences and stopped running. And blogging. And twitter.

acquisitionFirstly, the company I set up three years ago with some like-minded friends, Metroic was acquired by a large multinational company. This was a great step for the team, but consummating the relationship and starting to integrate the business took all available time. I know it’s a cliche but really, there Was. No. Time. Plus, I was travelling 3 weeks out of 4 and was lucky to find a shirt, never mind locate the runners.

At the same time, the calf strain matured and departed as these things do, only to be replaced by another niggle. This one was more problematic. I had been experiencing a pain in the lower stomach / upper abdomen area when starting runs, but shrugged it off. Now the pain started to re-surface, more strongly, mid way through a run. I felt pain anytime I stretched my right quad. Then I found that I could not raise my right leg from a prone position, and crunches became painfully impossible. I left it for a couple of weeks hoping it would get better, rationalising that I didn’t have time to run anyway, and may as well take the break. It didn’t get better.

Rather than ask Dr Google again I went to an actual real life doctor. The actual doctor said “hmmm” (as they do) “that’s in hernia territory, you need to see a specialist”.

ab side muscleYesterday I went to see a specialist in hernia and abdominal problems. I had a consultation and an MRI scan. The results were available immediately. No hernia, no lumps, but a suspected tear where the side muscle joins the six pack muscle. OK, in my case more of an aspirational six pack muscle. The Doc said he wasn’t a specialist in this area, but it will likely just heal over time. He said some physiotherapy may help. A follow-on appointment with a sports injury specialist was arranged for January.

With some trepidation, I asked the question that had been in my mind for some time. “Doc, can I run?”. And Doc said “I’m not a specialist in sports-related injuries, blah, blah, blah, but if I was you I would start again slowly, and stop if it’s painful”. I filtered out the noise and heard “yes”.

Aspirations to run another marathon next year are put in a box for now. I need to restart slowly and, to meet my cliche quota for this post, take it one step at a time. Even if I was 100% fit, I don’t have the time to adopt a serious training plan and won’t have for the foreseeable future.

I might make the treadmill tomorrow though.

  1. JuliaL49 says:

    Ha, I was just thinking of you the other day when I ran along the Meadows.

    Good luck with your healing – do take it slow!