After a couple of weeks of good solid running I'm now recuperating after my long awaited operation to sort out my shoulder.
A 17.5 mile run followed by a 19.5 mile run 4 days later was necessary to get some key long runs in in preparation for the Lakeland Trails Marathon on 3rd July before the operation as I'm not sure how long it's going to put me out of action for. The long runs were successful - ended feeling pretty good, having succumbed to the delights of energy gels on each run. Following each of them with a full day at work was a challenge, but something I'll have to get used to as the distances increase and the time available to train diminishes.
I had some bone removed from my shoulder last Wednesday in an attempt to sort out the niggly pain which has persisted since last August. The operation went well apparently and I was out of hospital 6 hours after the operation. Once the anaesthetic wore off it was certainly sore, but I've got some very strong pain killers that seem to just send me to sleep all the time so it's manageable. I started the physio exercises as soon as possible to ensure I don't lose mobility and that has been by far the most painful part of the process so far. I'm no longer using the sling and am hoping that I will be able to get back running asap. The bike is set up in the garage on the turbo trianer just in case however. Only 4 weeks to the marathon so I could do with a speedy recovery ideally.