Fireplug wrote: As some of you on Facebook may know, in August I injured my upper back in the gym. I was only doing light lifting as it was the run-up to the Great North Run in September. I ran that half marathon (slowly) with my arm in a sling and enough Ibuprofen in my system to drop an elephant. The muscle pain slowly, sort-of improved but I started getting tingles in my left arm. Ran a couple fo 10k competitions after that but I knew I wasn't right. MRIs revealed that I had a bulging disk in my cervical spine and some age-related degeneration, which is scary to hear at 41. I've been out of the gym for over 3 months, put on weight, have run a total of about 10k in the last 6 weeks. But the good news is that my spine bulge is 99% recovered and I'm raring to go. It's depressing how quickly the fitness disappears when you're older, though.
I didn't know that. You're right, having age-related degeneration at 41 is scary and hope you get back to full fitness quickly. I had a late chance to join a team for the Oxfam Trail Walker doing it in 24 hours, a bit fast for me but I trained with them a week before and it largely went well till I got knee pain in my left knee coming down the final descent. I went to the hospital and they said it was inflamed tendon and recommended pain killing injections prior to the 100k hike but I decided against that and volunteered to work with the support team at one of the check points instead. I'm still getting some pain now after my hike yesterday - the first tough one for a while - despite only doing light hikes for a couple of weeks. It's frustrating and I hope it clears up as I have a busy 2017 ahead with many races and tough hikes planned in HK and overseas.