Not Good News

Not good news this week…saw the orthopaedic consultant after X-rays and MRI on hips and knees.

My knees…both very arthritic! Having had 3 knee operations in my very early 20s, including one complete menisectomy…they are not in such a good way! Not due to my running but maybe due to early years as a long jumper, general wear and tear, and then the operations. It also seems that my anterior cruciate on my right knee is not exactly healthy either…no wonder I wobble around when training! spfitsherborne take note…no wonder I am so inflexible too!!!

And, INCREDIBLY, I have bilateral hip dysplasia…never picked up as a youngster! Very shallow hip sockets…and again, seems to explain the hip discomfort that I have been getting as I have got older! A congenital condition…so somewhere there is a family history!

Both body parts are not going to be operated on as any form of interference could make the conditions worse…what a BORE! Just DAILY anti-inflammatory tablets from now until eternity, exercise that does not cause increased pain…and management!

However, I feel blessed really. If the hip dysplasia had been picked up early, I would never have been able to train hard, long jump to international schools level by the age of 16, and then run multi marathons for HNT, raising several thousands of pounds for special educational needs children. I would have been always worried of causing more damage and so never gained the strength that I now have in my legs. The strength itself has prevented more pain and other issues.  Likewise, if the issues had not been diagnosed now, I could possibly be running for several more years and then had major problems in later life.

BUT…the consultant has given me the ok to run this year…

65 miles in 12 hours…running into the Sherborne Summer Festival on June 17th at 3PM!

I have to change the run route so that less is completed over the craggy coast path…the less twisting I do to the knees the better! BUT…I can do it!

Watch for the tweets and details as they gradually go up on the website for more details!

It will be my last long run…so PLEASE make this a good one for me; join in the last few yards of the run into the event, help me fundraise…and arrange to do an HNT fundraise yourself.   https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/somersetcf/HiddenNeeds

In 2018…LOTS of fundraising ideas are in my head….maybe a trek or something else physical that puts less pressure on my knees and hips…BUT I am definitely NOT going to resort to lying in a bath of beans JUST yet!

Thank you so much,

Rachel Goodfellow