Greetings and welcome to yet another blog about walking !
What makes this one different ? To be honest, not a lot !
A little history – Since taking up walking seriously a few years ago, I have covered over 1000 miles each year by either walking, running or, in most years, a mixture of the two.
In 2018, due to a recurring knee problem (see below) and a general malaise, I only managed 735.
In 2019, I signed up for the Country Walking #walk1000miles challenge and managed to clock up around 1,700 miles.
I have signed up every year since, and this year I am confident of completing it again.
Also, having to maintain this blog should motivate me to get out of the front door and clock up some miles.
Sometime last year, I noticed that my right knee was a lot bigger than the left. It also felt a little sore and often the joint felt dry and grinding when walking. I visited the doctor who took a sample of fluid from the joint to check for gout which came back negative.
I continued walking when I felt like it but finally returned to the doctor before Christmas. My doctor would not tell me what the problem was but referred me to the knee clinic. I went online to book an appointment and was somewhat surprised when a date in January came back.
For a second opinion, I consulted Dr. Google and the symptoms point to Arthritis but I should know better after my consultation.
After an MRI scan, a few X-Rays and a couple of consultations, the diagnosis came back as Osteoarthritis.
For those not in the know, the cartilage between the bones in the top and bottom of my leg has worn away so I’m not getting the protection afforded by healthy tissue.
There is no ‘cure’ for osteoarthritis but it can be managed by exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and using medication (Ibufrofen), when needed, for pain relief.
After being a dog-less household for a number of years, my other half, decided that it was time to get us a pooch.
We looked around without too much conviction until one day I got a phone call, at work, from the other half.
“Can you get to Birmingham Dogs’ Home?” she saked, “I’ve found us a dog!”
A few days later, we were the proud owners of a slightly underweight German Shepherd going by the name of Gabby.
I had a new walking partner.
A few weeks after welcoming Gabby, I discovered Canicross, the sport of running with a dog.
Since then, we have given another pooch a forever home so I now have Gabby and Misty to keep me company.