Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Easing back into racing

After a wonderful nine mile run through some favourite Yorkshire Dales countryside in warm sunshine last Saturday, I came to the conclusion it's time to start racing again. Over the past year and a half I've suffered a painful whiplash injury that was much aggravated by any form of jolting or running. Now, after months of physio, neck exercises, sleeping with neck supports, applying homoeopathic creams and ointments, Collagen capsules, Devil's Claw, not to mention six-hourly doses of painkillers and anti-inflammatories, the pain is at last beginning to subside. 
78th birthday run, Isle of Mull

After twenty four years of running, racing and lolloping through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world I've reached the stage where I can no longer visualize life without running. So, throughout all this treatment I've endeavoured to keep moving, gently gliding along at a sedate pace to keep ticking over as best I could. Last weekend I decided to unleash the 'Old Runningfox' and discovered to my delight that I could zip along, for short distances at least, with no apparent adverse effects.

It will take time and hard training to get back into racing mode  but, to speed things up, I've posted an entry form for my come-back race in just over a month's time. I've opted for the low-key Kilburn Feast 7 mile road race in north Yorkshire on July 11th where, even if I fail to win my age category, every competitor over the age of 65 gets a free bottle of wine. So, I can't lose, can I?  Watch this space!


  1. That sounds like a horrible injury. Glad you're on the mend at last!

  2. Very best wishes for July 11th.

  3. free wine? sounds great! :)

  4. Hi Runningfox,
    I know that even with an injury you could still kick my butt:) I am glad that you are getting out there and enjoying the run again! I will be looking forward to your Kilbun Feast 7 mile race report:) I have a feeling it is going to be a good one!

    You look fantastic in that picture:) Woo hoo, free wine! I love it!

    I hope that you have a wonderful week!

  5. Nice one! Like your shoes in that picture. Are they Roclite 315's? Good luck with the race.

  6. You're right Richard. I wear Roclites for most of my training: they're a 'go anywhere' trail shoe. Where it's terribly wet and boggy I wear Mudclaws.

  7. I'd put my money on you to win your age category (if I had any money that is!).