Update on injury and withdrawal from Ring o’ Fire

We arrived home from Bali on Friday night after 4 flights! On Sunday Katrina travelled to Inverness to meet our new granddaughter Lyla who was born last Wednesday. Congratulations to Jo, Jono & Seth.

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I’m back to work this week and then will drive up on Friday to join them for the weekend. I can’t wait to give my granddaughter a cuddle! She looks lovely.

Last night I went to see Matt, physio, to get an update on the way forward with my tendon injury. We were both hoping that the pain would be a lot less by now but even though it is getting easier I can’t hop on my right foot without significant pain.

I was really hoping to be able to take part in the Ring o’ Fire 3 day ultra starting on 1st September but we both felt that my ankle isn’t going to clear up in time for the race.  I’m pretty gutted as I was really looking forward to taking part in this race.

I knew even before seeing Matt that this was the most sensible decision but it is still hard to accept! I really want to be running ultras for another ten years or more so it is important to look at the bigger picture.

I had wondered whether it would be good to take 6 months off and allow my body to really recover without the pressure of trying to start running too soon. I’ve been running ultras for over 10 years averaging over 2,000 miles a year so thought it might be good for the long term to have a break.

I asked Matt what he thought of that plan and basically he didn’t think it was a good idea! Matt felt that I would lose more than I would gain and make it a lot harder to build up again.

Matt encouraged me to try and use a cross trainer to keep my fitness up so I’m hoping to find one in the schools where I work. I’m also going to finally start some stretching!

The final ultra I had planned to run this year is the Glen Ogle 33 on Saturday 4th November so I’m going to aim for that one as my comeback race! I think this would make sense as it’s a shorter race.

Finally I made some videos of our holiday in Bali. If you like to watch them you can find them on my YouTube channel.

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2 Responses to Update on injury and withdrawal from Ring o’ Fire

  1. Marco says:

    Hope it all goes ok and you are back running again soon JK. I agree – 6 months is too long. I think though you made the right decision in planning a comeback race and a goal. Good luck and keep us up to date.

  2. I hope your recovery goes well!

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