The low down is that I suffered a bit post Snowdon running wise. It was to be expected really. You can't just run a marathon with an injury off no training and expect to emerge unscathed. I stiffened up afterwards and the following weeks at physio were spent on exercises to loosen up over-tight hamstring and lower back. Lying flat on my back my left leg lift was only possible to about 25 degrees! I've worked at it and slowly become more flexible again though not close to where I was pre back injury. I was discharged from the hospital in mid November and given a sheet of exercises to work at home on to gain more movement and then increase strength again . I also have to work on core strength and stability to protect the lower back from similar injury in the future. This core strength will be essential in the longer distance multi day challenge that I will face next May.
Running took a back seat, I needed to improve more general flexibility again before I laced up the running shoes. November was an odd month, there were the strong memories of Snowdon, a frustration with injury and a realisation that there were less than 6 months to go to Cape Wrath Ultra. The dawning that 6 months to prepare for this challenge is not a long time, the more I read about it the more I understand what a monster it is ( a beautiful monster ), average daily mileage is over 30 and the terrain is very tough.
This all coincided with a very busy period at work which continues to build and build as we approach Christmas. Truly I'm thankful for this busy time and the money it generates but I feel more burnt out the longer the year goes on. I'm ready for a break.
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