On 3rd Sept I completed the Manchester 100 bike ride, a 100 mile ride through Manchester & Cheshire in aid of Christies. When I reached about the 40 mile mark I felt, what I can only describe as the feeling of someone literally stabbing me in the shoulder. Somehow I battled through the next 60 miles to complete the ride but have been in agony since. I’ve had very limit d movement to the front & side, not being able to move my arm more than about 45 degrees upwards without severe pain. It feels as though something is either trapped or it will dislocate if I push it any further.
After a week off work I went to the GP who referred me for an ultrasound. Now this wouldn’t be a major to some people but I have been training with my friend Steve since February, getting him into running & triathlons & had started training for the Manchester Half Marathon, Steve’s first at this distance. We had the Rochdale 10km booked in for 8th Oct & the Manchester Half for 15th Oct. After being told by the GP not to run I was devestated at not being able to train. 4 weeks off running was too much to pull back to race a 10km & to cover the half marathon distance this weekend.
I’ve been diagnosed with shoulder bursitis, an inflammation of a fluid filled sac in the shoulder joint which needs rest, time & physio to heal. Fortunately I can go back running but I’m a little apprehensive about what pain the jostling about with cause. I’m frustrated at not being able to train. I didn’t realise that it had become just an important part of my life. I’m no threat to the scoreboard leaders in any events, I do it for my own personal progression, my own Gold medal PB but still the frustration is huge! I’m also worried about the 4 weeks off & how far my fitness level may have deteriorated when I go out for my first 2 mile run on Saturday when I should’ve been running 13.1 miles on Sunday.
Slowly building up the fitness again is the aim, can’t wait to get back on the bike & pulling on those trainers. 2018 has some major events planned & I don’t want the injury to have a detrimental effect on those plans.
I understand that 4 weeks out isn’t a major blip when it comes to injury, it could’ve been far worse, just the disappointment of missing running the Manchester Half with Hayley & Steve (both HM first timers) is hard to swallow.