Day 22 – Milngavie to Glasgow

Weather: ☁️

Feeling Today: 👎🦅

So Far: 333.26 miles, 108.54 hours


Today Malcolm and I took the direct route into the city centre rather than the more picturesque alternative through parkland and along canals. This meant following the pavement along the side of the A81.  As you can imagine it was uninspiring and unattractive.

The reason for this was because I’d developed a sharp pain in my left shin during the last mile of the previous day. This has been diagnosed as a shin splint by a cheery pharmacist and was exacerbated by walking yesterday – a mistake.

I’m now hobbling around an apartment in Glasgow with Bev and Genevieve kindly fetching and carrying  for me – I can’t walk.  I’ll see how things go over the next 48 hours but sadly my JOGLE adventure as I’d planned is over.  I’m wondering ‘What would Levison Wood do?’  My current thinking is that after my planned rest day I’ll follow my itinerary using buses and trains for the next week or so and hope that I can start walking again further south.  So JOGLE becomes JOGLEEPOPT (JOGLE except parts on public transport).   This trip was meant to be fun rather than achieving the end-to-end goal in itself but I’m obviously very upset!

Being optimistic, I think there’s no need to cancel plans just yet if you’re joining me along the route.  That’s fellow FatBlokesWalking, Jos and Dave, in Dumfries and then Jon and Gav in the Lakes, most imminently.

I’ll keep the blog ticking over, though I guess the mileage details may be replaced with routes and timetables of buses and trains ….


16 thoughts on “Day 22 – Milngavie to Glasgow

  1. Bad news. Hope you recover quickly. If it’s just one leg, can you hop?

    Btw, thought yesterday photo looked a bit Jeremy corbyn!



  2. Oh no ! Really sorry to hear that; at least Bev and Gen’s arrival is well timed. What’s the estimated recovery time ? Will see you in Scotland next Friday…..hopefully you’ll be back up and running (?).
    Will wait for an update.


  3. Keep us informed because I was planning to meet you for dinner in Woolavington, I would stay with my parents (at great personal cost!!) For obvious reasons I would not be walking, but a little local knowledge for the best pub grub does wonders.


  4. Oh Chris how frustrating! You’ve done so well and come so far. Really hope you can recover quickly and finish what you started on foot or feet. At least, you won’t have to wear that “attractive” head net on public transport! In the meantime, enjoy your time with B & G. Wishing you a speedy recovery. x


  5. Just a you reach civilisation, well what passes for it in Scotland.
    Have you considered a mobility scooter?
    Understand they have developed some all terrain ones.
    Need to walk more on grass and stop thumping your feet down.
    Weight may also be an issue but unlikely in your case.
    You could just toughen up and carry on regardless!

    Some advice below.

    How Do You Get Shin Splints?
    There are many causes of shin splints, including:
    a sharp increase in activity
    a change to a hard or uneven training or running surface
    improper or worn-out footwear
    weak core muscles
    inflexibility in the muscles of the lower leg, specifically the calves
    weak muscles in the front of the legs.

    How to Get Rid of Shin Splints

    If you have shin splints, a number of exercises or activities can help:
    Decrease activity or make sure that you gradually increase your activity. For example, when running, you should never add more than about 10% volume each week.
    Run or exercise on softer surfaces. For example, if you run on concrete, which is one of the hardest surfaces you could possibly run on, switch to pavement, or better yet, the gravel or dirt on the side of the road, off-road running trails, or grass.
    Choose your footwear wisely. Rather than buying your shoes at a sporting goods store or online, go to a store that specializes in selling running shoes and have them watch you stand, walk and run, and then make shoe recommendations based on your unique body mechanics.
    Change worn-out shoes. Running shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles, or every 3-6 months–whichever comes first. If you frequently run on hard surfaces, you’ll need to change your running shoes more frequently.
    Train your core. A strong core will allow you to place less stress on your lower limbs with each step. Check out “What Is Your Core,” “How to Get A Flat Stomach,” and “How to Make Your Abs Stronger.”
    Stretch your calves. Each day, preferably before you run, do a wall calf stretch, in which you place both hands on the wall and lean into it with one leg outstretched behind you, and a down dog, in which you get into a push-up position, then lift your butt towards the ceiling until you feel a stretch in the back of your legs. You can also do foam rolling exercises for your calf. Stretching the calves is good for both preventing and recovering from shin splints.
    Strengthen the front of your legs. One of the best ways to strengthen the front leg muscles is with toe lifts, in which you stand in place and lift the front of your foot off of the floor while keeping your heels on the floor. Try to hold this position for 10 seconds and then slowly lower the front of your foot back to the floor. Try to get 30 of these done, 3 times a day. Once you get to the point where that is easy, you can begin heel walks, in which you walk on your heels with your toes pointed straight ahead, for 3-5 minutes per day.
    Ultimately, if you have shin splints that result from medial tibial stress syndrome, you should refrain from any running or lower leg impact for 5-7 days, then start doing the activities above. But if you have a stress fracture or compartment syndrome, you’ll want to meet with a physician to get medical advice for these more serious conditions.


  6. So sad to hear this! Why don’t you come home, rest and recover totally then go back to Glasgow and complete Jogle as planned! Bet you are so disappointed! Good to be with your girls though!


  7. Oh Chris how frustrating! You have come so far and done so well. Hope you can recover quickly to continue your journey on foot or feet. At least you won’t have to wear that “attractive” head net on public transport! Enjoy your time with B & G. Wishing you a speedy recovery. x


  8. Another thought – once motor back from those money grabbing weasels servicing the vehicle I may be able to chauffeur you from place to place while you recover.
    May need to wait until next weekend though.
    Let me know thoughts.
    Shame to call and end to it now when just getting into swing of things.


  9. Bad news mi amigo , most important thing is to avoid aggravating the injury , if buses need to be taken so be it , I am still up for dumfies so keep me posted with progress and plans


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