I’d mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been laid up a bit recently, and unable to get out on the hills as much. Basically, I seem to have managed to injure my back, which has brought on Sciatica. It’s now at a stage that when I’m walking or running, it’s actually fine, and I feel little to no pain. However, if I sit down for any length of time (even just a couple of minutes), I get pain in my lower back and hip, and when I get up, I feel almost hobbled trying to walk for the fist couple of minutes, until it clears.
I’ve got an initial assessment with the work physio tomorrow (there are advantages to working for Sky, I guess… private healthcare and on-site physio being nice ones!), which will hopefully be the first step towards some sort of recovery.
In theory, I could still get out hiking, as it doesn’t really affect me while walking, but I have concerns about wearing a pack while I have the problem. The first time I ever developed a problem like this was April last year, while trying to walk the West Highland Way with a 22kg pack (I’ve learn since then, my pack weight would be half that at most now!). After a day, I could barely walk, and it took me a good few days for the pain to subside.
So, for now, I’m restricting myself to simple day hikes and running. Its the running that I’m gonna talk about just now.
A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that I’d signed up for the 5×50 challenge, and was attempting to run using a Couch to 5k (c25k) program. Well, as I’m sure you can imagine, when I injured my back, that plan went to pot a fair bit. I certainly wasn’t going to run or even walk 5k when I could barely stand! However, now that it has eased off a little, I’ve decided to start the c25k from the beginning again, with one minor difference. I’ve increased the amount of time I’m out running, and thus the amount of work I have to do. I’m hopeful that this will get me a bit fitter, a bit faster, and not just do myself an injury.
Like last time, though, I felt the need to have a goal to aim for as a motivator. This time, my goal is significantly more of a challenge than the 5×50!
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve taken the decision not to apply for the TGO challenge for 2013. I don’t, however, want to spend the whole challenge at home, when everyone I follow on various forms of social media (most notably Twitter) will be out on the challenge. As a result, I’ve got a week off work, and I’m going to go and spend some time in the Lake District with Janie, and take part in the Keswick Mountain Festival. On the final day of the festival (and my holiday from work!) Is the Borrowdale Trail Run. It’s an off-road running race of either 13k or 21k, depending on ability. It’s not yet open for entries, so I don’t yet have to decide which option to go for, but that’s what my goal is… to compete in that race, and most importantly, not to come last!
To that end, I’ve bought a few bits and pieces recently, to use for running, particularly during the colder months. Some of the items are running specific, some are not. Over the next few weeks, I’m hoping to update my gear page to include my running gear, and I’ll review some of the items I’ve been using (Gore Mythos SO running tights are great at 1°!). Some of the items are also interchangeable with my hiking and backpacking gear, which is great from a cost saving perspective, so I’ll likely cover the multiple uses of those, too.
Don’t worry, though. This isn’t going to suddenly turn into a running blog! I still plan on getting hiking, and I’ll be doing a good few day trips over the winter months, and if things improve, I might manage the odd bothy night or camping trip, too!
I’ll be running for 30 min+ at least 3 times a week, all winter, but don’t worry, I don’t plan on boring you all with the details (at least not of the road running… there might be interesting trail runs, though!)