>It has now been 8 months since I had knee surgery, two weeks ago I took my first tenative steps back towards running on the fells again with a run back upto Potter Tarn and I am now running 2-3 times a week, with only slight post-run discomfort. Its too early to say with any confidence whether I am fully fixed or whether I will return to where I was before, but I am being insanely optimistic.
This is a major milestone, in a year that has been full of ups and down, comebacks and setbacks. Looking right back to January 2009, when I first became injured, it is only now that i realise quite what an impact this has had on me both physically and mentally. I hope that this time the comeback is final and we can look forward to a busy year of fell running and mountain marathons. But its not going to be easy – I sense alot of frustration over the coming months, dealing with a massive loss in hill-running fitness and strength, i must focus on getting back to where I was and then moving on again.
Phase One of my return is the purchase of my new Hope Vision 4 Head-torch. 960 lumens of seriously fell crunching illuminative power to brighten up the very dark winter months and add a little excitement to nights on the fells this winter. Its pathetic how excited a grown-man can get about a head-torch, especially one that costs the same as a just-about road-worthy car with a few months tax and MOT thrown in, but hey they’re not really comparable are they? This is a prime example of British Engineering, beautiful CNC machined aluminium casing and a surge of power to wash-out the Aurora Borealis. Its a little like trying to compare a Rover 100 with a few rusty patches and 100,000 miles on the clock with an Aston Martin DB5.
And so armed with this the nocturnal training runs can resume….