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Things on the up...at last

JMullen1by JMullen1Jan 25th 2014
Well it has been an eventful 10 weeks since being diagnosed with tibialis tendonitis but I can finally say I am now injury free, I can finally start to build up now to the training volume I was doing prior to the injury onset. It might take a while as it will be a gradual process but I can assure you that I will be back, stronger, fitter and faster than ever before.
If I am honest with you I feel more motivated than ever before to train. It has been a tough 10 weeks, not being able to train at all is really hard on the mind but it makes you aware of how much you enjoy training and competing, how much you enjoy putting on your running shoes and heading out of the door.

Since my last installment I have been away skiing in Courchevel, just the next valley along from where Michael Schumacher had his freak accident. It's a place we go to every year for a week normally in January. It's such an eye opening experience, the people you meet are always fantastic and the food you dine on is first class, the French don't accept rubbish food, and the scenery isn't too bad either.
However I have come back with a head cold, not ideal really but I suppose you can't win everything. Having said that we did ski a lot during the week, putting in lots of snow skiing miles.

On Thursday morning I went to visit Sarah who has been in change of the recovery of my ankle, she had a good look at my ankle and declared it fit to use for proper training again. In addition to that I enquired about sponsorship with her business. Which was granted. So if anybody is currently injured or has a niggly injury I strongly recommend you go and visit Sarah in Irby at Younger Chiropractor Clinc, without her help I would certainly not have recovered in the time I have done. Younger Chiropractor Clinc is undoubtably one of the best companies in this industry on Merseyside if not in the country.
I cannot recommend Sarah's company enough. When I was injured getting treatment twice a week really made a difference, Sarah's approach to helping recovery is unique, most physiotherapists/ chiropractors would have put my foot in a surgical boot and told me to hobble around for 4 - 6weeks, in the meantime my ankle would have weakened and that would have caused more trouble when I would get back into training, instead we did everything we could think of to get the ankle into a better condition: acupuncture was one method, Sarah also used the Graston technique to help with pain reduction and reduction of the swelling. Although it was very painful to have a metal rod rubbed up and down the sorest part of the tendon it definitely worked wonders.

In addition to that I have also been given the fantastic opportunity to coach other athletes along with Jonny Mellor as part of the UTS Run Club at the Underground Training Station in Hoylake on Monday and Thursday nights in return I am able to use their training and coaching facilities for free. The Underground Training Station is no ordinary training facility, the coaches there are seriously focused on improving their clients and bringing out the best of their ability, the Underground Training Station also has state of the art equipment and that's why some of the best British athletes go there to train: Jade Jones (Olympic Gold medalist for Taekwondo), Michael Rimmer (GB international middle distance athlete) also goes there to improve his strength and conditioning, My good friend Jonny Mellor (Great Britain international endurance athlete) also uses it for his training just to name a few that visit the UTS for training. If you are interested in becoming a better runner then I strongly suggest you pay the UTS Run Club a visit; 6.30pm every Monday and Thursday each session costs £3 but you can't go wrong when you have Jonny Mellor as one of your coaches. We cater for all ages and all abilities, whether your training up for a marathon or a 5k.

The Underground training station isn't like your basic gym facility, there are no cycling machines, treadmills, cross trainers or rowing machines. The coaches at the Underground Training Station are fantastic, they are there to ensure that you get the best from your efforts. There is such a positive attitude within the walls of the gym. Everywhere you look there are quotations on the walls to remind you that what you are doing will help you become a better athlete.

For those asking now I am back into training, I doubt that I will be competing on the 1st of February at the schools race in Sefton Park, it's a big thing to turn down a good race but as it is a selection race there is no way I am going to catch up with the guys at the front just yet. My main focus now is to gradually build up to full training again, getting some decent miles under my feet and feeling confident with running again. I would like to race at the Northern England's schools cross country championships in Manchester in early March, but I doubt I will be able to make a decision about it just yet.

Jonny
Things on the up...at last
Things on the up...at last
Things on the up...at last
Things on the up...at last
Things on the up...at last
Things on the up...at last
Things on the up...at last
Things on the up...at last
Things on the up...at last
Things on the up...at last
 
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