LOVEultras 019 Dealing with injury

For my latest vblog I’ve shared 5 lessons I’ve learnt regarding dealing with injury.

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Marcothon Day 9-15

This week I have ran every day from Saturday (Day 9) to today Friday (Day 15). Some days I’ve been out early on my own, other days I’ve run with Katrina after work and today I ran at lunchtime.

It has been really good to get out running again but I’m making sure that I’m building up very slowly.

Saturday 9th December

Day 9

Sunday 10th December

Day 10

Monday 11th December

Day 11

Tuesday 12th December

Day 12

Wednesday 13th December

Day 13

Thursday 14th December

Day 14

Friday 15th December

Day 15

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Marcothon day 3-8

I’m really enjoying getting out each day. I’m still not classing these as ‘runs’ as I want the option to walk if I need to. For all of my runs this week I have run the majority but I have also had at least 2-3 short walks.

Sunday 3rd December

Day 3

Monday 4th December

Day 4

Tuesday 5th December

Day 5

Wednesday 6th December

Day 6

Thursday 7th December

Day 7

Friday 8th December

Day 8

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LOVEultras 018 Result of my MRI scan

This morning I had an appointment to find out the results of my recent MRI scan. I thought I would share the results via my latest LOVEultras vblog.

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Marcothon Challenge

Over the last number of years our good friends Marco and Debs Martin-Consani have organised and challenged friends near and far to run at least 3 miles (or 25mins) every day on December.

One year I set out to do it but had a niggle so decided not to make it worse. To be honest I feel my rest days from running are important to my long term fitness so I’ve not taken part.

My ankle is getting better but it’ not 100% yet so I don’t want to start running properly but I am walking most days and within my walk I’m starting to jog a bit and it feels okayish.

So I decided to join the Marcothon but I’m going to walk / jog at least 3miles a day. Hopefully as the month goes on I’ll be able to run more than I walk.

I have my appointment with the orthotic specialist on Monday to get the results of my x-ray and MRI scan. I’m looking forward to finding out if they have found anything! Then the following Monday I have an appointment to get some new orthotics which I’m hoping will help.

So here is a summary of Day 1 and Day of my Marcothon Challenge ….

Day 1

Lunchtime walk / jog (including an 8 mins visit to a school)

Day 1

Day 2

Morning walk / jog from home

Day 2

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LOVEultras 017 Navigation Course

For my latest vblog I have put together some clips from a Navigation course I went on yesterday, Sunday 26th November 2017 with Gary Tompsett.

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Pre-Training update

A few weeks ago I posted my plans for the next few weeks.  Here is an update on my road back from injury.

MRI scan

I had the scan on my sore ankle on Thursday 2nd November at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank. It too about 45 mins altogether.

Next steps ..

Monday 4th December 2017

I have an appointment with the Orthopaedic consultant to get the results of my X-Ray and MRI scan.

Monday 11th December 2017

I have an appointment to get some new orthotics at the RAH (Royal Alexandria Hospital) in Paisley.

My ankle is definitely getting better by the week but I’ve decided to wait unit I have the results of the MRI before I get back to running properly.

In the meantime I have carried out my aim of trying to do some exercise most days. I have been doing one of three things …


I have been out walking hard for 2-6miles. Over the past week or two I have been adding in a little bit of jogging counting to 100 before walking again. I’m not counting this as running yet as I don’t want to put pressure on myself to run all the way.

walk summary


I’ve been cycling to and from work 2-3 times a week which has been enjoyable. Some nights I cycle a longer way home to add in a few more miles.


I’ve been getting out once a week on Tim’s machine. I do an out and back on the cycle track especially as it is dark after work now.

Here is a summary of my cycling and Elliptigo rides. Elliptigo rides are in yellow.

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The other thing I have worked hard on is losing some weight. I wasn’t happy when I realised I was just over 13st. I weigh myself each Friday morning and I’m now 12st 3lbs so I’m pleased with that. Hopefully I’ll be under 12st soon and working towards my goal of 11st 8lbs.

So all in all I’m a lot more positive than I was a month ago. I can see the end of the tunnel and can’t wait to be running again.

My big target for 2018 is the 190 mile Northern Traverse in May. I will have 18 weeks from the 1st January so I’m hoping to be able to run 3-4 times a week by then.

This Sunday I’m going on a Navigation Course with some Ultra Dafties led by Gary Tompsett. We are going to be running/walking/exploring round the Kilpatricks. I know parts of the area quite well but I’m sure we’ll be off the beaten track as well.


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