My first year of running was a very steep learning curve with regards to injury and illness. I discovered that physio, rest, ice and rock tape were my friends.
At first I suffered shin splints. I thought that it was “normal” pain having never done any form of running before and stupidly tried to run through it. The pain got so bad that I could hardly walk, this was when I decided to seek professional help in the form of a sports physio.
I contacted Ryan Carmody, the physio from Hunslet Hawks and he prescribed me a programme of rest and exercise. I followed his instructions to the letter and was soon ready to run again, or so I thought !
My return to running was delayed by a chest infection which caused me to have a coughing fit every time I attempted to run in the cold air. I was forced to return to the gym to avoid undoing the good work that I had already done.
When I eventually returned to regular running, I discovered parkrun and I also signed up to the Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k. I started a training programme which would get me through the race.
Six weeks before the race I went to see my nephew in a rugby match and had a little bit too much to drink. I fell over and damaged my ankle. I called on the service of Ryan again and with the help of rock tape, ice and massage, I made a full recovery.
I ran the race with the help of paracetamol and ibuprofen, totally against the advice of Ryan. I then rested for a good few weeks. Almost 2 years later, I still have a fat area on my ankle and still get aches sometimes so with hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have run.
I didn’t let the tape spoil my birthday celebrations either, I made it part of the outfit !
Fortunately, since then, I have only suffered minor aches and the usual amount of coughs and colds. I regularly see a fantastic Sports Masseuse who has also become a friend.
I have also had great advice from my running friends who have learnt by their mistakes and hopefully, I can learn from their mistakes too.