Injury Hits.. Weeks 4-10
After a good 3 weeks and having moved house, it was time to crack on and start building the miles up slowly and following the plan.
A few jobs round the house with one of them being clearing the gutters, so a quick hop up the ladder onto the flat roof and get the work done.
Coming down, I was stepping down onto a ladder facing away from me, so a different approach to the normal, but I've done lots of ladder work before, so it wasn't a worry.
But as I stepped down, when my foot hit the rung, it felt wrong for some reason.
No pain, no slip, no collapse, but I remember thinking "That felt odd".
When I got to the floor, when I bent my knee it was sore... and I knew then that something wasn't right..
After a week of no improvement I booked to see the physio.
It was a 5 minute assessment.. simple. Medial Cartilage tear..
NO RUNNING FOR 3 WEEKS.. and see how you are..
So I was good, very good.. 2 weeks completely off and then week 3 I started cycling (which doesn't cause any issues as it is non-weight bearing)
At the end of week 3 I ran two consecutive days.. and immediately the pain was back.
Patience.... this time it was 4 weeks off.. admittedly with lots of cycling, but no running at all..
The knee was still tender at times, but was a lot better. It still ached at times, but I just thought to myself if I don't try it now, it's to late...
So right at the start of week 11 I went for a run.. 8 slow miles... and it was ok.. a bit sore, but nothing like it was... and it didn't get worse during the evening
Again, being sensible I left it for a few days.. and then went out for another 8 miler. On this run, at halfway I did a couple of stretches from my martial arts days and on the way back, for some reason my knee felt better.
Weeks 4-10 Zero Mileage....
Could I possibly complete an Ultra with such a big gap in training?
I decided for weeks 11-15, I would up the mileage and make a decision at the beginning of June..
RobThe grumpy old man... played county level at multiple sports, semi-pro football and since retiring from rugby taken part and completed in single to multi day adventure races, half marathons, marathons, ultra running, triathlon, half ironman, ironman. A qualified PT, Kettlebell Coach and Personal Coach.. Loves cake!
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