I think we can agree I’m fragile…

Hello sunshine! Down South we had a gorgeous weekend of beautiful sunshine and warm weather – I hope it was just as nice where you were.

Last week was a bit of a downer for me. After the Alton 10 miler (OK, let’s be completely honest here, after Parkrun on the Saturday) my hip was niggling. God I never, never learn. I shouldn’t have run Alton. It only aggravated it further and made walking afterwards uncomfortable and a little painful. What an idiot. The Alton race wasn’t important at all and yet I thought if I ran it rather than race it I’d be OK. And it niggled the entire race. I really only have myself to blame. Especially because our running club championships were the following Sunday (Netley 10k). Yeah, so really stupid.

I took the rest of the week off running in the hopes that I could run the race. I had a deep tissue massage from a great local sports masseuse, Kyle, who’s basically become our club’s favourite masseuse and he’s doing the rounds on everyone. He comes to your house as well which is just so handy for me with my stupid commute. If you’re local to Southampton, look him up he’s great –> http://www.hackettmassage.co.uk/ He’s also a nice guy who’s an amazing runner (we’re talking 5 minute miles and winning races).

But unfortunately the hip niggle was still there. On Saturday I cycled down to Parkrun on my new road bike and met Ben there to set up in the morning.

Parkrun 17.05.14

It felt dreadful and I became Grumpy Anna in my dark and shady place. I marshalled and cheered on the runners. Still fun, but not as fun as running obviously. Ben did great pacing one of our running club friends and helped him PB.

After that we headed quickly to see Kyle (as I’d panicked text him that morning after thinking my cycle had made things worse) so he could help set my bike up correctly so not to aggravate things any further and have a quick look at my hip. Very helpful and nice considering it was the weekend.

IMG_6685Then we rushed back to shower and then pick up my new car, which obviously turned Dark and Shady Anna into very happy Anna.

Fiat 500 A lovely shiny red Fiat 500…sport turbo something-or-other (Ben spec’d it – I know nothing about cars). It drives like a dream, very speedy despite it only being a 0.9 (hello no road tax!). It’s like a go-kart, so light and zippy. And the interior is all lovely and black and red.

New car selfieNew car selfie – self-indulgent I know, but I just couldn’t help it

After that Ben and me went out for a little cycle on our road bikes with our friend who’s also bought a new road bike. In true Anna style though after about 5 miles I panicked it would make my hip hurt and decided to turn back home (around 10 miles in total – not a huge distance I know).

The rest of the day was me moping about umming and arring about the next day’s race and generally being quite annoying to be around. Ben is quite the saint to live with me when I’m suffering from a niggle!

Speaking of Ben, we went out for dinner with previously mentioned amazing sports masseuse and his wife on Friday night and Ben did the most amazing parking.

Close parking Our car is on the left. There was perhaps a little bit more space on the other side but it was so tight. I am hugely impressed! He had his proper Serious Parking Face on and I was just stood there biting my nails. Stupid Mini driver though, learn to park!

Sunday was our Netley 10k…more on that in my next post!

Netley 10k (14) 18.05.14 (Spoiler alert: I did indeed run it)

Do you have sports massages regularly? I would have them every week if I could.

Are you good at parking? I think I’m OK at parking… it’s just general driving I struggle with 😉

Do you get grumpy when you can’t run/work out?

25 thoughts on “I think we can agree I’m fragile…

  1. It looks like you ran a spectacular 10K, even with a niggling hip. Hopefully that resulted in a sunshine and rainbows Anna, yes? Seriously though, I really appreciate that you’re actually genuine about your emotions, because injuries suck. I am a total nightmare when I’m injured, and at the moment I’m just horrible to be around. I’ve taken to living at the gym or otherwise staying out of the house because my poor parents just do not deserve to be around me when I’m a snappy, moody, crying mess. I can still run, but it’s just not the same when you aren’t at ease and your paces are not on-point.

    The main reason I stopped cycling was precisely because it played a role in all of my hip stress fractures – I have weak pelvic bones to start with (my hip bone density is one step away from osteoporosis) and all of the bumping up and down on a road bike saddle did my hips no good whatsoever. The shock and impact involved was far too much…cycling also seemed to aggravate my IT bands for some reason, so I think you were extremely sensible to cut your bike ride short.

    I can’t drive! I had upwards of 30 lessons but I had no co-ordination, I couldn’t judge distance, my legs went numb (literally – I am not joking. I had no clutch control and at one point I couldn’t press the brake. It was terrifying…damn nerve impingement) and I was a nervous wreck with the sheer danger of it all. I worry about what I’ll do if I ever have to travel in really bad weather, but otherwise I’d rather walk or run places (or catch a train) anyway.

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    • I try and be as honest as I can about how I feel when I’m suffering from a niggle but it can get depressing to read so I try not to dwell too much on it. But at the same time I like to let people know what’s happening because I know how much I appreciate it when other bloggers write about their injuries. Then I know how they dealt with it and recovered and can steal tips or just be comforted that someone else is suffering too. A certain popular blogger is annoying me because she is point blank not addressing her injury and I think that’s unfair to her readers. There’s definitely a balance.
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  2. Ah, I think a lot of us are the same when it comes to exercise and not being willing to rest when we should, but glad you ended up running the race! That car is gorgeous, not jealous at all 😉 Hope you enjoy it! My parking is pretty good I have to say, I do have a little car so that makes it easier!

  3. Hope your hip is OK.
    Your car is fab! New car smell eh?
    Love the idea of having the sports massage person come to your house- I go to mine, about once a month at the mo but it would be easier to just come home – not very relaxing to drive home after that! Although I only have it on my back (that is what the physio suggested)- I think I need my legs doing too but I want to find a female to do that!
    I am OK at parking if I stay calm, but if other people try to help I normally get confused with left/ right. I have to park my car in our garage which can sometimes involve a 10 point turn if other cars are parked too close, so I guess I am used to tight spaces now.
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  4. Your car is fab! New car smell eh?
    Love the idea of having the sports massage person come to your house- I go to mine, about once a month at the mo but it would be easier to just come home – not very relaxing to drive home after that! Although I only have it on my back (that is what the physio suggested)- I think I need my legs doing too but I want to find a female to do that!
    I am OK at parking if I stay calm, but if other people try to help I normally get confused with left/ right. I have to park my car in our garage which can sometimes involve a 10 point turn if other cars are parked too close, so I guess I am used to tight spaces now.

    Hope your hip is OK.
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    • Oh the new car smell is divine!! Not the old musky smell of my old car hehe.
      Yeah out of the numerous (hehe) sports massage therapists I’ve had a lot have been male. I don’t mind it but with my hip it can be a leeeetle bit awkward. But I just try and not think too much about it!
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  5. Yay for the new car but boo for the niggle. Glad you still managed to race though and you’re looking like you’re enjoying it in that pic!
    I’ve never had a new car, just new-to-me cars so I’m super jealous of your smart shiny new red and black beast! Between Dan and I our last three cars have been write-offs (not all crashes, some just died a gradual death) and we’ve had to purchase new cars within 48 hours of our previous ones dying in order that we can commute to work again. I’m ashamed to say we’ve stuck with what we know and my last car was a gold Rover 25 which I replaced with my current black one. Dan’s was the red version, which he replaced with green! One day we’ll branch out I’m sure! 😛
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  6. I try to have a sports massage every month to six weeks to keep things loosened up, parking well I have definitely got better over the years and am quite confident these days….ur I go nuts if I can’t work out!
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