So I decided to listen to all the advice that I have been told. The main word that has been used recently is a word no runner wants to hear, especially when they have just started a new training plan.
Rest. Plenty of rest. I took plenty of rest after my October marathon where I knocked 5 minutes of my PB and finished in a time of 3:31, 1-minute shy of my target goal. Thinking of my 2019 goals I decided that I would take it easy in November and December as the new training plan would begin on January 1st. I wasn’t planning on more rest in January.
So on new years day, I laced up my trainers and out of the door I went, I felt great. Come Sunday I’d run 19 miles for the week and was looking forward to a hilly trail run.
I live in an area where hills are aplenty. The sight of a big hill used to fill me with dread, but now I enjoy them. I am a stronger runner because of them. There’s no better feeling than beating the hill!
So, after a very long climb and a breath rest bite at the top and maybe a cheeky selfie, I headed back down where I came from. The second best thing about running up a hill is running down again and I have no fear when it comes to downhill running. Maybe I should have.
I did 3 circuits and on my final descent, I felt a slight twinge in my right knee. I didn’t think anything of it, finished the run feeling good and excited for the rest of the month.
The following week I ran 5 times clocking up 29 miles. However, every run I did there was a small pain in my right knee. It wasn’t stopping me from running, it would sometimes disappear for the whole run only to come back the next day.
So, I stopped running. I had Googled my symptoms and within 20 minuets was self-diagnosed with Runner’s Knee. I’d never heard of runners knee before but I was pretty sure that is what I had. A week later I had this confirmed by a professional.
4 Weeks Since my Last Run
I have decided to turn this annoying situation into a positive. I’m slowly developing a stretching routing with my free evenings surfing on the laptop. Also, on the day I wrote this post I have just introduced some lightweight barring rehabilitation exercises.
I feel that I am becoming more aware of how to best treat my 37-year-old body. I can’t keep going out running, thrashing out the miles without doing a warm up and cool down. The added strength exercises will also only benefit my running in the long run. Therefore, this enforced rest period has opened my eyes to a new way of training to boost my health and running.
My mind is still very much focused on June 23rd when I’ve got my first of 2 ultra marathons of the year. I am just hoping the work I’m doing now, although it’s not running, is laying some good foundation.
Here’s to running free… soon!