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Not 'strictly' injured?

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balroomdancersI'd been hoping to give you all a more regular report of my running 'adventures' but a few weeks ago I started to develop a problem which at first I thought was my knee and then my hamstring, but eventually with some advice from Howard at One Step Sports Therapy which is based at Advance Performance in Peterborough, I discovered it was my old enemy, my calf muscle!!

I've stretched and foam rollered for hours on end and I'm pleased to say I went back out and tested it on a 5M run Sunday and some interval training on Tuesday over 3.5M, with a swim in between. I have my fingers crossed, but all seems to be well, providing I continue with the regime.

Everyone I've spoken to about this assumed it was an exercise injury from running. It is an exercise injury, but I eventually narrowed it down to a ballroom dancing incident!! Hubby and I were practising the quickstep, I stepped forward on my left foot onto my heel which should have a nice covering of suede on it, but it had worn flat so I stepped onto the plastic and went into a small skid. I did say ouch at the time, but kept moving as it seemed fine.

Other than having my toes stepped on I can say this is my first real ballroom dance injury in 4 years. I will also be back on the dancefloor this week for a Rumba Masterclass.

I can have a ball talking about dancing too but back to the important matter of running, this blog and what I want to share with you.

I have now found myself a suitable half marathon training schedule, there are three training guides on the PGER website - Beginners, Improvers and Advanced kindly supplied by Liz and Martin Yelling of Yelling Performance if you've signed up but don't have a plan. If it's your first half marathon, then I can assure you that having a training plan can make all the difference. So please take a look, the guides are completely free of charge - click here.

I've recently been reading a book about staying healthy, fit and mobile into a ripe old age, which has reminded me about why I set out on my lifestyle change in 2007/2008 and what my long term goals were. With the help of medical science and improved technology we're able to live longer than ever before. Some of us may live into our 80s, 90s or even 100s, but a longer life doesn't necessarily equate to a better life.

Often due to our busy liefstyles, we pick speed and convenience, taking the car, little time for exercise and eating takeout and ready meals, which can actually contribute to a reduction in quality of life as we age. If your reading this, then there's a good chance you doing something to include more activity in your life and possibly a better diet to help fuel your sport.

My plan is to literally give Father Time a run for his money.

More on that in my coming musings...

"Warning, When I Am An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple..." - Jenny Jospeh

"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" - Dylan Thomas



Jenny lives in Peterborough and has run the Perkins Great Eastern Run every year since 2009 after discovering running later in life


  • Pep
    Pep Wednesday, 05 June 2013

    I didn't know you were a ballroom dancer?! Dancing should help tone that calf back to full strength ;)

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