What injuries prevented you from running the 2012 marathon?
After completing over 100 miles of running in preparation for the 2012 London Marathon my dreams were dashed when in the middle of my last long training run, 2 weeks before the big day I felt an acute pain in my left shin. Having been rescued from the middle of Richmond park and after a number of x-rays and scans I was diagnosed with a stress fracture…game over. I was gutted but as I had a ballot place was able to defer my place to 2013 and after a period of time on crutches and building up the strength in my leg I was back in my running shoes and looking forward to getting training again.
How did you feel your body performed in the lead up to and during the London marathon 2013?
I decided that I needed to make some changes to my training and that my mantra for 2013 would be ‘less is more’ in terms of running training and that my overall goal would be to forget about training for a specific time and that making the start line fit and uninjured would be my biggest goal…getting round 26.2 miles after that would be a bonus! So that’s where Putney Chiro came in. I initially booked a consult with Dr Craig for my daughter Georgie (8) a competitive gymnast after being recommended by a running buddy who regularly takes her kids in to see him.
Craig’s explanation on the benefits of regular spinal adjustments made a lot of sense to me and particularly resonated given my history of injury and back pain stemming from a career as a rower in my teens and 20′s and then exacerbated by pregnancies in my 30′s. I booked in and never looked back. Whilst my 2012 ‘season’ was plagued with niggly injuries, back pain, hip pain, foot pain… with regular adjustments I felt so much more balanced and was able to stick to my programme without having to take regular time out for niggles to clear up. The biggest difference was in my lower back, the stem of all my problems, which improved dramatically and consequently hip and heel problems did not reappear and I managed to clock up some pretty consistent mileage in preparation for the big day. I also found Putney Chiro to be a great source of positive energy and inspiration and it felt good to have them on my team, willing me on!
On the day of the race I went to Blackheath feeling in great shape and ready to enjoy what turned out to be a fantastic experience. The first 20 miles were great….the last 6 pretty hard, but due to fatigue rather than pain. I finished in a respectable time of 4.13 and most importantly feel inspired to continue my running, in fact I’ve already signed up for next year.
Big thanks to Craig and the team for all your support and encouragement.