Today, I Have Been Mostly... by Rob_Barber

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 Always hated running! For some strange reason though, ever since watching that very first London Marthon in 1981, I've kept on watching,&nb...

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    Aug2120144:46 p.m.

    And it was all going so well :-(

    I don't know what went right, but after that tough but turned successful ride on the rollers Monday, I went for a run Tuesday and had an absolutely blisteringly quick run.

    After knocking out a 49 minute 10k, which was comfortable and easy and felt more like I'd only run a mile or two, I hit a big climb, and ran up it at what felt like a real good speed. At the top, I found out it really was quick. 11:01 my pace for the climb, with a good helping of 1 in 4, thats usually about 12:30 / 13:00.

    Easy trot back towards home then, but my legs were fresh and the last little rise towards the crest of the hill, by the gates to the country park, tempted me into a bit of a sprint. Not a proper sprint, more of a strong surge, but as the slope fell away it had set me up for a real fast bit of running.

    That extra push, the extra leg speed, it stayed with me, and with gravity on my side, I ran that last half mile in a pace I still can't quite believe. At 8.5 miles, my average was 8:25. Half a mile later, it had dropped to 8:15. For the first time in ages, my running was fluid and free. I was even enjoying it on the roads!

    2 minutes 43 seconds for that last half mile. 5:26 the pace.

    For all of about 10 hours, things were really looking good. Too good. My body really doesn't like me to have things easy.

    It payed me out Wednesday morning as I moved a box in work from one pallet to another, not even a heavy box, about 12kg if that. As I bent to put the box down, there was a horrible movement towards the base of my spine, right around the sacrum, and a sickly horrible pain washed right over me.

    Yep, I've popped a bloomin' disc again! 

    At least the lay off will give my calf a chance to repair! It was great whie it lasted, but the calf didn't like going that speed.

    Comments (16)

    • hollywooddave 'Aww no mr barber:(( just as you was going so well! Damn injuries! I wish I could beat them all up for you! I slipped a disc in march this year and the pain was unbelievable so I really feel for you pal:( took me 6 weeks to walk properly again and 2 weeks to drive again as I couldn't turn my neck to see the cars coming:(( hope yours eases as soon as humanly possible! Don't forget the speed you showed though in that run before the disc going. Keep that in your mind as you recover. You WILL get back there again. All the best big fella' added 21st Aug 2014

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    • peterb 'Uy' added 21st Aug 2014

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    • peterb 'Your body is telling you something!!! Mine told me to rest today, so I did ....' added 21st Aug 2014

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    • KickAS_Kat 'Flaming hell - literally ;) What amazing pace :D Busting a disc though, that really sucks Rob :( I popped my L4/5 disc a few months ago while trimming a hedge although it's mostly settled again now. All I'll say is flippin duff bodies!' added 21st Aug 2014

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    • libbylaird 'An absolute amazing pace, even more so on a 1:4 climb! Popping your disc, what a pain in the proverbial and elsewhere too! As you said on the plus side your calf can now repair properly....every cloud and all that! Take care of yourself and you'll be back before you know it.' added 21st Aug 2014

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    • Berlin_Bolt 'Flying vegetable! And it was all going so well....! I don't know, what are we going to do with you? I say sit comfortably and listen to your own advice! You always have great advice for all of us so now you must rest up and do what you tell us to do!! Really hope it's not too painful and won't have you out of action for long, maybe you could use the time to start on that book you were thinking of?! :)' added 21st Aug 2014

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    • bevlar 'Brilliant running there Rob, sorry to hear about the slipped disc! Wishing you a healthy & speedy recovery :-)' added 22nd Aug 2014

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    • Vin 'Oh no! I'm sure you will rest and back to training very soon. Like you I'm always running with some niggle and every outing is a blessing these days. Take care Rob.' added 22nd Aug 2014

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    • AngusMc 'Hardly a vegetable! Wishing you a quick recovery. That run was a beauty, hope you are out there feeling it again soon. Stay patient if you can!' added 22nd Aug 2014

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    • DavidHaworth1965 'Bugger! So sorry to hear this Rob. Just as you were going so well. Hope you have a swift recovery and you are back out on those hills in no time. ..' added 22nd Aug 2014

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    • Nick 'Aaaaargh! Well at least you know you still have some running ability within you! Look after the old back, Rob! Hope you're back mobile before too long!' added 22nd Aug 2014

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    • HOBSCowboy 'Oh Bugger! Horrible thing to happen, especially after such a lovely free run. I hope it sorts itself out quickly for you so you can get back to some more free flowing running like that' added 23rd Aug 2014

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    • ymonks 'That run sounded totally amazing. Bend and lift with the knees ensuring back is straight. I'm sure you will be back in the hills in no time x' added 23rd Aug 2014

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    • Flumptious 'Oh no, no fair! You really enjoyed your run, and then ... :-( :-( :-( (Oops, I just used the wrong bracket, and made those smiley, which is really not what I meant!)' added 23rd Aug 2014

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    • judith 'Great sessions there Rob, but the body has its' little ways of telling us to rest. Hope the back is recovered soon and you are back on the roads and trails that you love.' added 26th Aug 2014

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    • crooxi 'Ouch, Rob, that's not good news - especially when things were going so well. This time you may just have to be patient for a while. But as you say, that may be good news for the calf. That's a good idea of BB's: use recovery time to make a start on that book.' added 27th Aug 2014

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