Starting off - Weeks 1-3
When I opened my diary on the last week of February, there were 2 important entries.
Week 1 of 20 - Race to The Stones Training Plan..
and Move House!
So my first little block entry comes at the end of Week 3, from a new home a little further east but still on the south coast.
Weeks 1-3 - Training Plan
Weeks 1-3 - Actuals
|1||4 runs : 18.8m||3 runs : 17.9m||House Move!|
|2||4 runs : 18.8m||3 runs : 18.0m||Windy!! Jarred Knee|
|3||4 runs : 26.7m||3 runs : 18.5m||Still windy and my knee is still sore!|
|Totals||12 : 64.3m||9 : 54.4m|
Hmmm.. not too bad, but already a little behind.. and some bad news was to come, right at the start of week 4.
The dreaded injury curse strikes..
The house we've moved into had one obvious issue - guttering that was overgrown with grass and plants from the pigeons roosting under the solar panels. I knew I would be able to get access via the flat roof, so on a grey windy day, I spent an hour or so getting the muck out.
I'd finished the work and was climbing down from the flat roof onto the ladder, and somehow as I stepped down and across I jarred my knee. One of those little innocuous movements, but I immediately thought, that doesn't feel right and by the time I got to the floor, my knee was giving me a shooting pain around the inside of the joint.
This was the saturday of week 2. The sunday, instead of running, I rested.
By the thursday of week 3, the knee seemed to be no better. It wasn't obviously swollen, and certain movements and positions felt ok, but others were pretty painful! Ibuprofen wasn't making any difference, ice didn't help, but also it wasn't getting any worse.
So on the thursday I went for a run.. fully expecting to stop in 50 yards and give up..
But I got to 50 yards and it was a bit sore, but no worse than walking, so I kept going. 3.5 miles later and I was a bit perplexed as it was no worse (but no better).
Saturday, I thought I'll go again.. but in the wild wind of storm Hannah, while the knee was kind of the same, I only ran for 4.5 miles.
Sunday.. lets go a bit longer, just to see what happens. 10 miles and again no worse.. but still no better and today I went to the physio!
Torn cartilage - not severe, but 2 weeks of no impact training. No running! Stretching to help with the muscles that can affect the knee joint, specific stretches to help where I'm affected.
Weeks 4 and 5 will be blank, so as I really start to build up the miles, I'll have to make sure I can stay healthy.
I do know that for Jan/Feb I was hitting about 25 miles per week, so I have a pretty good base to fall back on, but it will certainly make it a little harder!