Adapt & Overcome – Training Through Injury

Following on from her first training blog a few weeks ago, Anji Close has sent in her follow up as she continues to keep motivated and determined through injury, after being able to get compensation with the Injury Lawyer Philadelphia after her fall.

Adapt & Overcome

Training Through Injury

by Anji Close

Anji & Nell McAndrew

Wow has it really been 4 weeks since my last blog??! I ended my last blog by saying I was sticking to my decision to go to Manchester for the Great Manchester Run and I did. I had a fantastic but very emotional weekend. I managed to position myself at the front right near the finish line where I took hundreds of photographs, saw Haile Gebreselassie storm to victory and also witnessed one of the most dramatic collapses I have ever seen by a runner (I have since found out he was fine in case you are wondering). I was really proud to see John, Rob and Micky flying the black and white flag in fantastic times for TBH. I also managed to meet one of my running heroines Nell McAndrew who chatted to me about Tyne Bridge (she had heard of us!) and wished me luck for my recovery before signing my unused number. I am getting quite a collection of unused numbers. If you think that you have suffered needlessly and are choosing a lawyer, you might find the number of choices difficult. Although there aren’t any cast in stone rules to choosing a personal injury attorney, there are some general recommendations that will help you sort through the alternatives more confidently. You will visit Kruger & Hodges Attorneys at Law now >>> for more about injury attorney. When you or somebody close to you has experienced a physical injury due to someone else’s actions, it’s safe to say which you may probably want the compensation of that injury, and for that you’ll require the best personal injury attorney. There are millions of individuals who shy away of admitting their mistakes which lead to injuries to another person, and other insurance providers make huge profits by under-compensating injury victims. The majority of insurance firms have attorneys doing work for them 24/7, and they understand that most people do not know anything about jurisdiction and their individual legal rights; and that’s why it is essential that you deal with a personal injury lawyer should you suffer any physical damage due to someone’s fault. When a motorist becomes afflicted with injuries after being hit by another car or truck, a car accident attorney is often needed to settle the case. Individuals may think that insurance companies will handle the problems or that they don’t have a right to do anything after the police report, but they could be wrong. If drivers or passengers have been hurt on the road because of another motorist’s negligent behavior, they may need to take action to obtain justice. What can a car accident attorney do to help? Investigate the situation more thoroughly than the police, for one thing. The Angell Law Firm suggests have trained private investigators on staff to gather evidence. It’s important to contact attorneys immediately after a crash so that skid marks, automotive damage, and physical wounds are available to document. If the street sweeper has cleaned up the marks in the road, the cars involved have been repaired or hauled to the scrapyard, and the injured party has recovered physically but not emotionally or financially, it will be harder to build the case. Not impossible, but more challenging. If police investigators didn’t get the whole story from the injured party, the results of that first investigation might be distorted. If the injured party was whisked away to the hospital by ambulance, it’s likely that he or she didn’t get to tell his side of the story at the scene. If the person who was hurt speaks a different language, police officers might not understand them clearly enough to get the correct details. This is where a car accident attorney comes in to help, since this legal professional will bring in translators to make sure a victim is clearly heard.

If an injury claim is complicated, it might be best to obtain the advice of an attorney. Selecting just any kind of lawyer isn’t a beneficial long-term approach. You should choose somebody who has experience handling injured individuals, or plaintiffs, in injury claims. The suitable personal injury attorney is going to be experienced, have a good reputation and somebody that can be trustworthy.

Although injury lawyers rarely charge for an initial meeting with a prospective client, just before your meeting you need to inquire if there is a fee to have an initial consultation. Should there be one, you will be obliged to pay that fee even though you do not retain the services of the lawyer. However, even if the consultation costs nothing, you’ve got every right to take some time to think before you hire an attorney, and you’ve got every right to decide not to hire the attorney. Hiring a personal injury attorney is a big step, and there is no problem with talking to several lawyers to locate one who makes you comfortable.

One of the best ways to find a personal injury attorney would be to consult a lawyer you trust. If you do not know any attorneys, ask your friends for names of lawyers they trust. It isn’t important that they give you the name of an attorney who can handle your case – the most important thing is that the lawyer is likely to understand the issues of your scenario, and is well-positioned to understand which lawyers in your local community have the skills to take care of your case. Whether or not the attorney cannot personally take your case, he’ll often be able to refer you to an attorney who can. Click here to read the details about Bronx Personal Injury Lawyers ASK4SAM.

As you may expect, the increased speeds allowed on Louisiana interstates and highways result in more destructive crashes when car accidents occur. When high-speed highway accidents happen in heavy traffic, multiple vehicles may become involved, resulting in pileups that damage many cars and injure or kill multiple people. Truck accident lawyers at Babcock Trial Lawyers offer a free consultation and free case evaluation for truck accident victims. As your Louisiana truck accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation. We also offer legal representation for victims of crashes involving semi-trucks, cars, and commercial trucks. At Babcock, we ensure that any truck accident victim will get the compensation he or she deserves. If you’ve been advised to hunt representation , the primary thing which will come to mind is that the cost of a private injury attorney. Are personal injury attorneys worthwhile or do you have to plan to file a claim on your own? Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about the value of an attorney at law., You can contact to Kibbey Wagner Attorneys At Law office. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, then make it a point to contact the personal Riverside injury attorneys and personal injury attorneys of Sweeney Attorneys. As your local Riverside County attorney Sweeney Attorneys can determine whether or not you or your loved one may qualify for compensation to cover wages lost, medical bills (past, present or future) and even pain and suffering. People turn to professionals when they really need help correcting an issue. If you put your trust into a doctor and they steered you in the wrong direction and it led to a downfall in your health, don’t let this deter you from seeking help from another professional. This time, turn to trusted medical malpractice attorney Amanda Demanda.You will need to prove that the injuries you sustained were directly linked to the healthcare provider’s negligence. Having evidence of the other party’s negligence as well as a strong legal team with extensive legal knowledge and hands-on experience can make all the difference when fighting for the compensation you deserve. That’s why you should contact experienced attorney Amanda Demanda for legal assistance and guidance.

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Haile at Great Manchester RunAnyway, following a dramatic finish at Manchester, an hour of him being “missing” and a very slow journey home, Rob Kirtley was diagnosed with a “matching” stress fracture and that week is where my recovery re-shaped and became more focused. I had dabbled a little bit with some aqua running in the first week of my stress fracture being diagnosed following recommendations from Kenny Mac and Dr Dan “118” Birchall. But Rob and I decided pretty much immediately after his stress fracture was diagnosed that we were going to do a plan, do it together and do it properly. We do love a plan.

Again following Dan’s advice I looked in to Dr Pete Pfitzinger’s research and plans for aqua running, and also sought advice from Alyson Dixon who last year came back stronger after 3 months of aqua running through a double fracture to her foot. Aly sent me the first 8 weeks of her plans from last year which came with her very own “health warning” however these warnings did not prepare me for the fact the chlorine would constantly give me a headache, rubbish hair, dry skin; nor the boredom, frustrations and the fact that AQUA RUNNING BELTS TOTALLY NACK.



Bunіоnѕ are mоѕt оftеn саuѕеd bу an іnhеrіtеd faulty mесhаnісаl structure of thе fооt. It іѕ not thе bunіоn іtѕеlf that is inherited but сеrtаіn fооt types that make a реrѕоn рrоnе tо dеvеlоріng a bunion.

Althоugh wеаrіng ѕhоеѕ thаt сrоwd the toes will nоt actually саuѕе bunions, іt ѕоmеtіmеѕ mаkеѕ thе deformity get рrоgrеѕѕіvеlу worse. Sуmрtоmѕ mау therefore арреаr sooner.

Symptoms, whісh оссur at thе ѕіtе оf thе bunіоn, mау include:

-Pаіn оr ѕоrеnеѕѕ
-Inflаmmаtіоn and rеdnеѕѕ
-A burnіng sensation
-Pоѕѕіblе numbness

Whеn Iѕ Surgеrу Needed?
If nоnѕurgісаl treatments fail tо rеlіеvе bunіоn pain and whеn thе pain оf a bunіоn іntеrfеrеѕ with dаіlу activities, it іѕ tіmе tо discuss surgical орtіоnѕ with a fооt аnd ankle ѕurgеоn. Together уоu саn dесіdе іf ѕurgеrу іѕ bеѕt for you.

A vаrіеtу оf ѕurgісаl procedures іѕ аvаіlаblе tо trеаt bunіоnѕ. Thе procedures аrе designed tо remove the bumр of bоnе, соrrесt thе сhаngеѕ іn thе bony structure of thе foot and соrrесt ѕоft tіѕѕuе сhаngеѕ thаt mау also have occurred. The goal оf ѕurgеrу is thе rеduсtіоn оf раіn аnd dеfоrmіtу.

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Dr Pete Pfitzingers Aquarunning Plan

The plan developed into a mixture of sessions, the average week being two pace sessions (progressive by time each week), a “long run” at steady pace for an hour, a pyramid session and a progressive block of sets of 5 minute sprints. Alongside this are gym sessions focusing on upper body using TOPXT (arm bike) and core work 4 or 5 times a week, as well as sessions of 40 min swimming a few times a week. The first couple of weeks were really tough, building strength and conditioning into “sprints” that equate approximately 180 steps per minute, under water at pace. The legs start to get used to it in a way, although this week the session of 9 x 2:30s hard effort with 30secs recovery was a bit of a struggle!!

An excellent example of AquaRunning from YouTube

Some days even the thought of getting the belt on has made me want to tear my own head off just for something else to do, and there have been loads of sessions that I have felt like quitting half way through (long run today for example!) I would never wish this injury on anyone, but I am so glad to have had Rob going through the same thing at the same time so that we can train together and keep each other motivated, we were lucky enough to have found the best injury rehab. Perhaps my constant talking through our steady sessions may leave him feeling the opposite by the end of this though. Yesterday I just wanted to swim and not do our pace session and was just told GET THE F****** BELT ON ANJI. This is coaching at its simple best!

So, am I feeling a difference? Definitely. A photo my Dad took last week of me in comparison to a few weeks ago shows that my legs are shrinking and looking leaner, and in all honesty my legs have never felt this strong. I am itching to run although that still looks to be a long way off. I still have over a week left in the walking cast before I start walking “uncast” on my crutches. I have been here before with a stress fracture last year and I know how important these next few weeks are.

Of course I miss the real running so much. I have missed so much of the season and looking back it’s sad. Just last weekend I was supposed to be in Stoke for the Potters ‘Arf marathon and instead found myself in monsoon Newcastle greeting TBH back from the Blaydon all damp and glowing with PBs. My lovely friends at Trentham Running Club in Stoke autographed my unused number (can you see a pattern forming?!) with get well messages and sent me a race t shirt but you still wonder “what if”.

I have a few ideas of what I’d like my first races back to be but I’m not pinning anything on them in case I end up disappointed again. A few people at the club have said to me that I’m doing the right thing by trying to keep involved with TBH although at times it’s hard. Something inside me was not built to spectate rather than run! On the whole, I am lucky to have had such good support around me. As well as Rob encouraging me on a daily basis and my family and friends, I have had messages of support on Twitter from Charlotte Purdue, Robbie Elliott and Claire Hallisey as well as ongoing support from Aly Dixon, all of whom know the disappointments and frustrations of injury. The few negatives I have had have been from those that don’t understand what it feels like to be a born runner and to not have giving up as an option.

I would like to think that my determination to keep going through this can inspire anyone injured or losing their mojo to just stick with it, adapt and overcome. If anyone reading this would like to see the Aqua Run plan we have developed and followed, please contact me via TBH Facebook or at my Twitter page @EnigmaGirl81 I would be more than happy to share it with you.

Take care TBH, I’ll be back!

Anji Close

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    • on 20th June 2012 at 20:43
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    what an excellent post Anji..!!

    thanks to you for keeping me motivated too !!! .. 180 cadence !! hard work.. I’m sure we will benefit from this !

    sick of the smell of chlorine .. want the smell of sweat back LOL :-)

    .. we will be back

    • John JH on 20th June 2012 at 22:22
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    Great read Anji. Glad to hear of progress. Keep plugging away.

    • Diane on 21st June 2012 at 09:30
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    Brilliant blog. You will come back fitter and stronger thanks to your determination and dedication.

    • Anji on 21st June 2012 at 10:32
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    Thanks guys xx

  1. great post Anji. Are there long term benefits to aqua running (i.e. when not injured) or is that a bit silly?

    • Apples on 21st June 2012 at 10:58
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    A really good and very interesting insight into the frustrations you must have, and how you are dealing with them positively. I think both you and Shades will come back stronger than before. Look forward to seeing you both back on the roads in TBH colours.

    • Anji on 21st June 2012 at 12:09
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    Thanks Apples.
    Yes Alex it’s great for cross training and resistance work without the impact. I’ve read loads about it and Shades and I are planning to build it into our training when we are back on the road xx

    1. thanks Anji

    • Steve cairns on 21st June 2012 at 14:36
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    Well written: Keep the faith!!! ur doing all the right things: when ur injured u need to keep the routine of training and work on your weaknesses, turn these into positives so that when you are able to run again u will b fitter and stronger: Very important is to remember to plan ur recovery! Make it progressive and dont race till ur ready! I saw you at social after Blaydon but dont think i said hello: good luck:

    • Anji on 21st June 2012 at 14:57
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    Thank you Steve your support means a lot :-)

    • sean kelly on 21st June 2012 at 16:08
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    I remember the great Michael Johnson (double olympic gold medallist 200m/400m) being asked about how you keep motivated during a time of injury. In his usual, straightforward way, he said, “When you’re training, your goal is the next race or PB performance, when you’re injured, your goal is recovery. You work on your recovery as hard as you train for a race or PB.”

    It’s easy to say and it takes MORE mental strength to keep going and work on your recovery than it does to train for a race or PB..

    Good luck to you and Rob. We want you back, as involved in the club as ever you were and we want to see you striving for PBs again.

  2. Great Blog.

    I know how frustrating injuries can be but you can come back fitter, faster, stronger just make sure it’s at the right time for you. Hope you get back soon and start detroying some PBs

    • Anji on 21st June 2012 at 20:08
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    Thank you Sean and Craig xx

    • caballo tonto on 23rd June 2012 at 10:53
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    Thanks for sharing your story. Most of us must have gone through a period when we were injured and couldn’t run. These are the times when we realise that PBs aren’t everything. All I wish for me, and you, and anybody else, is to stay injury free, so we can enjoy running for as many years as humanly possible.
    Good luck! I am looking forward to your first race report once you’ve recovered.

    • Anji on 27th June 2012 at 22:34
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    Thank you :)

    • Wendy Marks on 11th July 2012 at 09:32
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    Great to read your blog. I too am coming back from a foot stress fracture which meant no running at all for two months & my foot in a cast for 3 weeks. I ran at TBH Bridges of the Tyne last night – have run a parkrun at the weekend but this was my longest session at any sort of speed since early April. Not too far off pace but was struggling in the last mile. Just wanted to give you hope that you can come back and that it shouldnt take too long to get back to fitness – I’ve now been back 3.5 weeks. I also did aqua jogging when injured and do think this helped.

    • Anji on 18th July 2012 at 15:40
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    Wendy thats so reassuring. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog x

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