Running in Kenya .. 3 weeks to go! By Julie Dowd

Posted on June 5th, 2011
Categories: News

So, there’s nothing like tempting fate a bit. In my last note I wrote about keeping my fingers crossed to stay healthy and injury free…I failed on both counts! The injury was a pain in my right shin that I had developed whilst training for the London Marathon and I did exactly what all the literature tells you NOT to do – ignored it. It would be painful at the start of a run then disappear during the run then be really, really painful the next day. Finally, I got my act together and was seen by a physio who diagnosed tendonitis. Three sessions of massage, acupuncture, ultrasound and some strange electric impulse pads and I am cured! Now I am running pain-free again I cannot believe I left it so long to get treatment.  Lesson learnt.


The staying healthy part came crashing down about 4 days after I last wrote for WOM. I woke in the middle of the night feeling like I was swallowing shards of glass and sneezing like mad. 5 days later after rest and popping paracetamol and ibuprofen like sweets I went to the doctors and started a course of antibiotics. I can see a theme developing here where I am a bit rubbish at looking after myself! Another week has passed and I have now managed 2 runs but still no more than 6 miles. Getting quite worried now about those Lewa hills so I have a busy training plan lined up for the next 3 weeks.


Incidentally, I also turned 40 which may have had something to do with my slow recovery following an excellent party with excellent friends! Will update on training progress in 2 weeks time…