Sunday, 25 November 2012

still progressing slowly ... too slowly

After a week of being able to run (only when interspersed with walking though) I've found that progress is still exceptionally slow.  So much so that I've been told by the medical guys to stop for a fortnight so they can do some more tests to find out why I'm taking an unfathomably long time to recover from a badly sprained ankle. [eleven weeks and counting]

The theory is that I have some kind of illness or condition which is effecting things.  Something like calcium deficiency or not being able to fully utilise proteins.

Or maybe something more serious and sinister.  Much blood and urine has been taken away for analysis, different parts of my body have had x-rays and CT scans taken of them and all the results should be back next week.

In the meantime there is no way I'll be anywhere near fit enough for the World 24 hr Championships next May so I've reluctantly sent an email to the team management letting them know that I don't wish to be considered.

A sad but necessary decision.  I'll just have to run well in the second half of 2013 to get back into the team  :)

1 comment:

Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe said...

Hi Chris,
Sorry to hear about your slow recovery, I really hope you get back to top form ASAP. While it may be stating the obvious, if you can't really run at present I would very seriously advise doing non-weight bearing cross training as an alternative e.g. depending on the ankle etc, seated rowing, swimming, possibly cycling (whether on the road or on a stationary bike) - and so on. The point here is this will allow you to push yourself from a cardio-aerobic point of view, and to work the various muscle groups used in running, but hopefully without causing additional strain on the ankle. This can often aid in recovery and not only maintain general fitness, it can sometimes even improve it (low impact exercise typically has a lower Rate of Perceived Exertion, which frequently means one can push harder at a cardio-aerobic level than with a comperable higher impact form of training). Hope you are back in top form soon! All the best, Shaun /