Soooo approximately 2 hours after my last blog post about the IAU World Trail Champs I got a phone call from my Doc………I had been expecting him to call but perhaps not so soon…..ominous.
Lets take a step back for now. Not sure if you remember but I had in previous blogs grumbled on about feeling pretty fatigued and generally not functioning very well. This had coincided with my 2 week break after my return from Nepal and had basically continued throughout January. This came to head a couple of weeks back when I had a particularly dismal session on the towpath and then a long run on the Sunday where I got past by a tugboat and a tractor. I got back from that run totally wasted…..I was struggling to just jog. For weeks my HR had been massively elevated for every run i did, let a lone sessions. I felt like every run I was pushing but not going anywhere….in fact my easy pace had slowed in pace so significantly I was beginning to worry that that this was it……..I’m old and shit and I should just except the fact. I’m done! I had totally expected to feel rubbish for a few weeks after my break (i generally do) but this had just continued with no glimmer of hope.
After seeing my local GP, who basically told me to stop running so much and eat more (really helpful….thanks/he actually told me to eat a mars bar!! WTF). I decided to see a sports specialist, and boy I am so glad I did.
Dr John Rogers is a well renowned Sports Consultant and works with many top athletes all over the world so if anyone could help he could. After a battery of blood tests (I actually passed out after they took the barrel of blood, I am such a woos and hate anything blood related) the results have now come back. Part of me was relieved that I am not shite after all but the other part had that sinking feeling. My bloods had tested positive for a nasty virus, I was low in a bunch of vits and my immune system was pretty much shot. Ideal for an ultra runner!?
So hear I am trying to better myself….how longs a piece of string, thats the question. Docs orders are one run per day and very specific HR limits, plenty of rest, lots of supplements, lots of fruit and veg, reduce caffeine and alcohol and stop smoking (ha ha…must of been that sneaking cigar I had with Steve Way at Christmas). I have a blood retest next week to see how everything is progressing. This will be my 4th week of running easy and hopefully I can start to up things by the end of the month. I am fully aware that I don’t want to put myself down a massive hole (the sport is littered with burn outs….I don’t want to add to that pile) and so therefore I will do as I am told…..its really a case of listening to my body.
Would be good to hear from any of you who have suffered similar set backs and how you dealt with it. I am sure positive mental attitude will help a great deal……………….