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Inflatable run...No fun...well, maybe some!



Well, last week we looked at how Gina was mightily successful in the inflatable 5k run and there was a nod towards the possibility that I may not have enjoyed quite the same experience ๐Ÿ˜ž

However, as the photo shows I did get my medal for finishing ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.


Unfortunately I had spent the week prior to the race a little concerned that my calf was still a little dodgy from the compensatory gait I had been using following my extremely well publicised and humiliating slip on the ice a month or so back ๐Ÿ˜ณ.


Of course I kept going on and on about it until it started to sound like an excuse! Then unbelievably, two days before the event I managed to actually re-pull the calf doing something rather silly. This was a disaster, Gina was definitely going to think I was trying to get out of the race all together ๐Ÿ˜‚.


So I had to turn to one of the skill sets we use here at The Reinge Clinic if really needed....'Taping and strapping'.


I say "if really needed" as we tend to use this as a last resort or temporary application, addressing the back ground issue is always a more desirable way forward. Even more desirable and sensible would have been to abandon the event. I had two days to go and there was no way I would recover enough to run and bounce 5k without risking further damage, so as you can see in the photo I strapped my own leg up to provide support to the muscle and to limit my foot movement so I couldn't pull things any further. Underneath that Tubigrip bandage are a host of taping techniques to help me achieve my goal.


Once I was taped up my calf felt safe and well supported, but on the flip side I could scarcely move my ankle and as a result could also barely squat, which was clearly going to be a problem as that movement that was needed to navigate many of the inflatable obstacles ๐Ÿ˜–.


Once we set of running that same lack of movement meant I found that couldn't use my normal running gait, so using an unfamiliar technique I found myself tiring rather too quickly....in fact to the point that I couldn't keep pace with Gina (who was was passing people like crazy!).

Pride was swallowed and I said to Gina 'You go on, I'll see you at the end" and off she vanished into the distance ๐Ÿ˜.


All those above reasons are why it's such a good idea to delay an event that will always be there again and sort out the background issues first. But push on I did, with my ridiculous looking gait.

I found my lack of ability to now squat meant when everyone else simply bent low I had to crawl on my stomach, when every body did a high step over something I sort of rolled (fell ๐Ÿคฃ) over it and ended up on my backside and to complete my humiliation.......On the final obstacle, which was inflatable massive steps everybody sprung up on their toes, whilst I grovelled my way up on my hands and knees ๐Ÿ˜–.


The only saving grace was that I was not as far behind Gina as I had thought and by a bizarre accident of timing, the camera caught me coming off of the final obstacle looking incredibly strong and fresh ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.....which was quite simply anything but the case ๐Ÿคฃ.


The calf held up though ๐Ÿ‘.....just!


#inflatable5k #strapping #taping #running



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