Dave – I’ve caught the running bug – my next 3 5K races 22:12, 21:26 & 20:55.

So after the Guppy Gallop I continued running 2 – 3 times a week, once with our Wednesday night running group along the beach and another couple of runs each week to try to keep fit and improve upon my time. I didn’t have a firm plan for my next race but didn’t think I would be waiting 12 months, I had never ran more than 1 race in a year. Several members of the group run races on a regular basis so they were always talking about their next race so I knew it would just be a matter of time. I had to travel to California 3 times for my work, once to Texas and a vacation back to England so I took my running shoes with me, running in the mountains or the hills of San Fran was very different than the beach and I really enjoyed the change of scenery. However either during every trip or immediately upon returning the same calf pain would attack me, similar to the pain when I started running after my hip replacement. I would be a mile or two into the run and then a sharp pain in the back center of my calf would attack me, I don’t think it was a cramp but my muscle would be solid and very tender where the pain was. Each time it would take about a week to recover and start running again, I did try wearing compression socks on the flight but that didn’t appear to make any difference. The only time since then I’ve flown and not experienced the same was later that year when I would stand up and walk about the plane as much as possible, so maybe that’s the trick.

mnirgOn July 9th, 2012 I then joined another running group, the Monday Night Interval Running Group, which was a much bigger group of about 50 runners that would run fast intervals of different lengths each week. It was good to run with a much fast group and add a different type of workout to … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – 5K race, a Half Marathon (by accident) and a new running club

So 4 months after my hip replacement I had just completed my first 5K race in a time of 26:41 but I was beat by my 14 year old nephew who had a time of 22:17. I vowed at that time to beat him next year if they came back over from England and so my 1 year training plan began. Now I had got over the barrier of being able to complete a 5K without stopping I thought this was going to be easy, but I quickly found that running is not only a physical challenge, especially after the operation, but also a mental challenge. Running by myself along the beach, without much of a background of running and also the uncertainty of what I was going to be capable of, it’s just too easy to stop, rest and then start again. I know I should still had been glad of my accomplishment of getting out and running 3 – 4 miles a couple of times a week, I was stopping from 2 to 6 times per run and not running as fast as I did during the race. I definitely went through various emotions beginning to think I would never be able to get faster and compete, which was something I wanted to do but couldn’t while playing soccer and thought I would be able to after that. But now I was 51 and with a hip replacement and even though I had the desire didn’t feel I had the ability, I had ran a 19:12 many years earlier in one of my only handful of races so how would I ever get better.

Well my birthday wasn’t too long after the 5K race and my 3 children Sarah, Andrew and Richard clubbed together and bought me a Garmin 210 GPS watch and various running apparel. Now I could at least look and feel good even though I wasn’t running great, but I think the watch was the start of what was to come and I would recommend to everyone. Now I’m able to record all my runs, … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)