I have some good news to report – I have been to see the physiotherapist and my runners knee is just that, runners knee. Nothing more serious than that. It is also better than it was so my exercises that I did everyday (for a week or too, ho hum) have been working.
It seems that I was right in my suspicions – when I stopped going to the gym regularly and concentrated on my running more my glutes became weak thus causing an imbalance. This in turn caused the knee pain. Nothing wrong with my knee. Weak muscles. Yay. I can change that.
This one of my new exercises with the aim of keeping the pain at bay.
This week I realised that I have done it again – I have doubled booked myself. I am down to go on a visit to the knitting and stitching show. I went last year and had a really great time so would be loathed to miss this but I have also signed up for the Great Eastern Run – a half marathon race.
I have no other races planned so really was a bit stumped……but then someone mentioned a local race that takes place in November. It is literally down the road and takes place on some of my training routes. I think that this may be the answer if I can get in (only 200 places). What would you do? I do need races to keep me motivated but knitting and stitching is my other love………I am going to try to get into the local race and thus manage to do both?
Do you have any races that you are training for at the moment?
I am going to do a very quick update on my running. It has been a fair while after all!
Yes I did feel awful but I was very surprised to be able to walk about relatively pain-free the next day. Yes I was a bit sore and stiff but not as bad as I had thought. When I answered the phone at half past seven to find that I was being asked to go and work for the day I didn’t really hesitate. I never ever thought that would be possible. I did no exercise however until Friday – 4 days later. I went to the gym.
I mainly did this because I knew that I was not going to be able to do anything for at least a week due to the second op on my back. I had a nice ‘relaxed’ session that didn’t involve a lot of running!!
You will all be very aware that I had slightly more than I expected taken from my back so did no exercise for nearly 2 weeks (Aren’t I a good girl?)
Last week I started with a few 3 mile runs – nice and gentle. To be honest I could not do much else. I was finding it quite hard to breath and my legs just weren’t really co-operating. My Garmin was telling me that I was running just under 10 minute miles which for three miles is really slow. I do wonder if this is normal? After the first time I ran my legs hurt the next day. I really couldn’t believe it. 2 weeks ago I had run a marathon and now I could barely manage three miles. Do you think this is normal?
Over the bank holiday we went on a bike ride (7-8 miles). It was very slow as we had little people biking with us. That was no worries – even with an extra body on the back of my bike. It reignited my fire and so I went running the next day. During this run (5 miles this time) my knee started hurting. There was no obvious reason for it but I found it hurt to walk for the rest of the day. I spoke to my running partner and she said that it sounded just like what she has. It is apparently very common and not a problem with the knee but with the hip and upper leg muscles. I have to say that at the gym today my right leg (the one with the hurt knee) did feel really tight. I think that I need to focus on stretching it out and strengthening it. Does anyone have any ideas if I am on the right lines? I hate not being able to run 😦
One Final Observation
This week I have been talking to someone who has just started running and she said that she actively tries to go out at times when she won’t be seen. I remember doing this – choosing routes that are away from the majority of people and where I face less chance of being seen . Yesterday however – when I was really struggling with my pace I realised that I really did not mind or worry about what anyone thought of me. I know that I have done a marathon and that has given me a real confidence boost. I no longer care what other people think – I know what I can do and that is all that matters 🙂 Believe me – for me that is a HUGE step forward.
What have you done that has changed your attitude?