Sunday, 27 January 2013

I'm out

There are a variety of ways I could’ve begun this post but the title pretty much sums it up. I’m out; completely out of 2013 – as far as running is concerned.
The notion doesn’t sit very well with me but I think I’ve got to the stage when I have to be realistic as opposed to optimistic. For 12 weeks now I’ve done everything to rid myself of my mystery hip injury and it shows no sign of abating. If anyone doubts this please refer here. I say mystery because one day it refers over the left trochanter, the next the right and the next the right groin – though the vast majority of the time I feel as though I have a tight groin – like every minute of the day. The only thing left to do is ask my GP for a referral for further up the chain – which is what I have now done.

I’m not going to drag this post out with an in-depth analysis of what I think went wrong and what the experts have thus far told me. The long and short of it is that I am still injured and I am unable to freeze time to allow it to heal – so that I can still take part in this year’s events.

I’ve already pulled out of the Calderdale. The fling is 3 months from now. The only way I would commit to that now is if my injury miraculously cleared up today – and it hasn’t. I went for a gentle 4 miler this morning and bang - within 20 minutes it started niggling again – spreading out from the groin. A sure sign that all is not right especially when one considers the lack of running I’ve done recently. Call it what you will; the last straw that broke the camels back.

So, considering I need to take a complete break from running I think it’s sensible to un-cancel my Hemorroidectomy. That will take place up to 3months from now and has a 6 week running lay-off thereafter. Perhaps it is a little clearer why I have said that 2013 is a complete wipe out? And that’s not counting any prognosis of the latest mystery set-back.

Yeah sure, I could have the op’ and do some build up to the WHW, Devil’ and High Peak 40 but I don’t want to just complete them. I know I can do them…..with injury. That’s a story I’ve lived. I want it to be different now; train properly and avoid injury.

Anyway, I’ve emailed the organiser’s/directors of the three races held over the West Highland Way and informed them of my decision to pull. I’ve been putting it off for weeks and today I just felt it was time I called it.

Where does that leave this blog? I’m a long way from finishing my four pillars of ultimate performance and reading this now I understand that it would seem how delusional I might seem. All I can say is that I don’t doubt myself. It may be that I am not destined to run and that I have wasted a precious amount of time simply trying to be more mediocre than before.

If that’s the case then so be it, time will tell. I intend to deal with this properly when my body lets me. And as there is still so much for me to share I will resume the blogging when the time is also right.



  1. I'm really sad to read this, Dale. I thought you'd run a cracking Fling and WHW.

    I had a hip problem a few years ago - for months. And like you, it moved to my opposite adductor. I tried physio/massage/ice/magnets/resting/praying. Then I started a Body Balance class at my gym - it's a mix of yoga, pilate and Thai Chi - and that sorted it. It stretched muscles that I didn't even know I had. Worth a shot.

  2. thats exactly what it is Debs. Feels like a strained adductor - go a week with no pain - think you're back in the game - but alas it's just another false horizon.

    I hope the rest does it good and that its not a chronic thing! I'll keep up with all the balance stuff though - might even go for the yoga as there is a local group. Need to look into that.

    Cheers. And best of luck with your year. You're riding high.

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  4. Only just got round to reading this - gutted for you buddy, I know how much effort you were putting into staying injury free this year. It's a good decision to pull from all of the races - now you can take your time to get back into running and build up a really good base for next year rather than trying to fit five months of training into two months and probably just getting injured again.