Comeback Kid

Take 2; Take 3? I may have lost count of how many comebacks I’ve had to running but the dream stays strong. The goal – to complete an ultramarathon. Two and a half years on from finishing my first marathon I sometimes (melodramatically) doubt whether my injury will ever entirely heal and I’ll be able to return to training with a challenge in mind…. Last November I was fixed and ready to return when I became pregnant. Why would being pregnant stop someone from running? from sport? I’d always declared that I would maintain my physical fitness throughout a pregnancy. Some women have been known to run ultramarathons in their third trimester. However the physio put his foot down as realistically my pelvis and hip wouldn’t manage running under the changes that occur during pregnancy…relaxin, weight etc. So apart from walking, swimming and yoga there wasn’t much going on.OK so that sounds like a lot but it was pretty sporadic and distances decreased by the week.

But now I”m a mum it’s time to get back on it, get fit, rid the baby weight gained and get the eyes on the prize! Determined to get back I took a trip down to the physio. Please fix me…Mr Physio prescribed some gentle exercise with basic pelvic and core work. A few weeks in and with some needling and massage it was all starting to click back into place. Crunch, crack, ouch, ah…that’s better! He also kindly donated me a belt which keeps the hips in place and makes the stabiliser muscles work. Pain free! (well almost… apart from lying or sitting or walking)

Oh well, you can’t run with a running pram till the child is 6 months…It’s such an awesome piece of kit and moves like a dream. I can’t wait to take them out; the baby and the buggy! With the progress made in the last few weeks I intend to carry on with my prescribed exercises regain strength and stability and who knows…maybe one day soon…


About klayire

In 2012 I completed my first ever marathon and raised £1843.96 for Alzheimer Scotland (Action on Dementia). Unfortunately I gained an injury. Initially thought to be IT Band I carried on running only to develop further injuries. By the time I crawled through the door of a private physio I had squint and twisted hips (this surely halves my marathon time as I clearly did double the distance with my snake hips!) , achilles tendonitis and shin splints. I was told there would be NO running for at least 5 months. The good news...back to running after 4 months; the not so good I'm straightened out further issues are appearing. But with the promise of being fixable I'm determined to get back to full fitness and run an ultramarathon. Yes Mr Physio, "with that knee!" I did however promise not to do this next week but have this as a future goal as he realised that..."you mean it don't you!" May 2011 Position: 5065. Time: Full marathon: 4 hours 15 mins 07 secs; 10k: 54 mins 06 secs; Half marathon: 1 hour 54 mins 44 secs; 30k – 2 hours 45 mins 30 secs.
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1 Response to Comeback Kid

  1. Colin DeWaay says:

    Congrats on the baby and welcome back! 🙂

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