About Me

My name is Sarah and I absolutely love, love, love running!!… for me its all about keeping fit, a chance for some ‘me’ time and to stay in shape (so I don’t feel so guilty whilst I’m tucking into my other love, sweets!)

Running has so many benefits, and as I discovered, anyone can do it. I started running just over 3 years ago, having joined a ladies running club in Droitwich with an overall aim of losing weight and becoming more active, and guess what, it worked! I started entering Half Marathons and numerous 10k’s and have been quite literally hooked ever since!

I have been lucky so far and haven’t suffered any serious running related injuries, but have been unlucky and suffered injuries related to my other passion which is horse riding.

I have been quite unfortunate and suffered two falls. Luckily no broken bones, but some quite severe muscular and tissue damage, often much more difficult to repair. Both falls have caused significant problems with my running. After my first fall I just ran through the pain and ignored it until it became so bad I psychically could not run as my legs would give way from beneath me! Yes I know what your thinking, I must be mad! But running gives me such a rush I cant seem to get it any other way, I tried the gym but I just felt bored and restless. My problem was caused by something called Piriformis Syndrome. A neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or otherwise irritated by the piriformis muscle causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks and along the path of the sciatic nerve descending down the lower thigh and into the leg.

I have tried physiotherapy and visited a chiropractor and both treatments seemed to help, just in time for my wedding, enabling me to get back out there and clock up the miles again. I even ran on the morning of my wedding and started my new tradition of running over to my parents house on Christmas day which I now plan to do now every christmas. It’s very satisfying when tucking into your christmas dinner and all the other indulgences that come with christmas knowing its well earned.

Unfortunately in 2011, I suffered a second horse riding accident, the day before my wedding anniversary! So instead of celebrating with my husband it was spent in hospital. The second fall caused me to undo pretty much all the treatment I had received following my first fall and on top suffered pretty extensive internal damage to my muscles with a total of 6 hematoma’s.  This time I realised just how lucky I was to have escaped the way I had with no broken bones and decided to start listening to my body, it’s now been nearly 5 months and I am just about 95% fully recovered, but my running has really suffered. I am determined to return to my former fitness.

I was running everyday at one point but now it varies from week to week according to how I’m feeling in terms of pain. I now need to build up the muscles in the one side of my body and what better way to motivate myself  than hold a promise to run 2012 miles in 12 months! I am so lucky to be able to still run, so want to maker the most of it.

So that’s my story, and that’s what I am going to do, which I plan to blog about for 12 months. Both the good and the bad bits!

I also hope this blog can help others who might have suffered an injury, illness or even something more severe and this will encourage them and maybe join me in running 2012 miles in 2012.

I would love to hear about others taking part in run for 2012 so let me know if you will be joining me, wherever you might be.

Sarah

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