“Never let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey…”
Words that are far easier said than done when facing the possible end of the Manchester Marathon dream (for this year anyway)! I knew at the start of last week, that there was something really wrong with my left leg. Every step I took was incredibly painful, but I convinced myself that it was just a bit of muscle ache and that I was being silly. I managed 5 long mile, took Tuesday to rest and got up for an early run on Wednesday. 3 minutes in, pain seared through my spine and into the top of my left leg. I could barely walk. For the last 4 years, I’ve conditioned my body to tolerate high levels of pain, but this literally stopped me in my tracks and there was no way I was able to run on. I hobbled to work (as this was supposed to be the morning run commute), took painkillers and hoped for the best. I didn’t run Thursday and decided (for the first time) to listen to my body and get help. Stubborn people like myself aren’t often good at this, but I had to follow my gut feeling on this one.
Frustration and fear started to consume my mind and on Friday, I went for physio with Glyn at G4 Physiotherapy and fitness in Didsbury, Manchester. Glyn had previously performed miracles after I took a bad fall back in May last year and injured my knee. With a combination of needle therapy and massage, I was cured in not time. Sadly, not the case on this occasion. I was shocked to learn that I had a tear in my hamstring. Utter devastation has occupied my mind for almost a week now, but I’m finally accepting that I’m injured and that this is normal for any athlete or sportsperson.
Day 8 and this will be the longest period (in the last 2 years) that I’ve been unable to run for and I can’t even begin to explain what it’s doing to my mind. But, for now, I’m going to try and keep this positive and focus on achievements from last year (running 7 races in 7 months including my first half marathon) and exciting future events…
Lots of exciting things began to fall into place towards the end of last year and I can now finally announce them!
I’ve been lucky enough to have been offered an official ambassador role with Enertor insoles, worn and endorsed by the one and only Mr Usain Bolt himself! I’ve talked a lot about these insoles since first receiving them in November. Not only have these been scientifically proven to perform performance (I can testify to that having achieved a new 5k PB with them) but they offer the best protection with their enhanced heal shock absorbing technology. These have been crucial in my running over the past 3 months and they will play a pivotal role in my recovery. The amazing thing about these insoles is that they are not necessarily just for athletes or gym bunnies, they can be used by anyone who has a daily, active job and up on their feet all day. I have introduced many of my teaching friends to them and had nothing but remarkable feedback.
This weekend my lovely friends and followers, there is a flash sale (exclusively available to the #TeamEnertor Ambassadors) and if you go to https://www.enertor.com/home-uk/ and use Caithy50, you can get a pair of these amazing insoles half price at just £15!
The other exciting news that I’ve been looking forward to sharing is the role of ambassador for the latest luxury Women’s Athleisure range ‘AcaiActive’ that is launching later this month. Ladies, this is gym and athleisure wear is to die for. Finally, a range that flatters any figure, is durable, comfortable and colourful! Aside from the amazing collection, the reason I decided to join the team was because of their incredible ethos, that helps to support, empower and encourage women to feel good. The founders Kasia and Joe Bromley have created the amazing initiative of ‘We want to hear your story’ to actively encourage and inspire women to stay fit and healthy, despite battling personal issues. I’ll be sharing more with you as the products go to launch on Valentines Day! Check out some of the range on Instagram and Twitter @acai_activewear. There is also an exciting write up in the Lingerie Insight magazine. Have a little read here:
Lastly, I promised to write up the recipe for Berry bowl style (Tom Oliver) protein porridge, so here it is:
handful of blueberries
handful of raspberries
chopped fresh mint
1/2 pt almond milk
1 scoop of Tom Oliver strawberry protein
1 large cup of oats
handful of chia seeds
- Put the oats & almond milk in a saucepan, bring to the boil & simmer for 4/5 minutes until thick & creamy.
- Stir in the protein powder & add more water/milk to achieve the right consistency.
- Chop the banana and throw in with the berries.
- Sprinkle or stir in the chia seeds & top with a drizzle of manuka honey!
Thank you so much to everyone who has left lovely messages of encouragement and support! I’m NEVER going to give up on the marathon dream, just now might not be my time…
Have a happy weekend!