Saturday, 18 February 2017
Tendonitis 0, Parkrun 1
Just a quick update, as you were all so lovely about my knee problems yesterday. Parkrun went really positively this morning. My Physio had told me as long as the pain remained about 3-4 on a scale of 10 I was good to keep running. Any higher would have meant a fortnight off training. As it was, it stayed at about 1-2 most of the way round which was far better than he or I had expected, and disappeared completely after the run.
I ran with patella bands on, goodness those things are amazing! They support the patella, the tendon below it and the muscles above, so lift all the pressure away. I'm wearing them constantly for a week and so far so very good. As a small aside, I learnt an interesting knee fact during my physio session yesterday. Many people associate running with bad knees and blame the increased force passing through the knee. Your knee experiences twice the force of walking going through it when you run, but it has evolved to cope with five times the force of walking, so running alone is not what causes bad knees. The culprit is usually upping distance and/ or speed too quickly and not giving your body sufficient time to rest, recover and adapt between sessions. I think my problem has been upping the distance too quickly, because I felt so good on it. Anyway, lesson learnt.
I was eminently sensible and jogged round the three miles very slowly this morning (as per strict and stern Physio-Steve instructions) and came in in a little over 29 mins, about 550th of 870. Normally I'm around 23-24 mins and in the top 200. I found running at that pace quite tough. It took all my self-control not to pick up the pace and crack on. It was a good test of discipline I guess. Luckily I had the iPod with me and contented myself timing the pace to the music. The result was I wasn't remotely out of breath at the end and didn't really feel like I'd had a run, but it's what the knees need at the moment so I'll stick to it until the Physio gives the thumbs up for picking up the pace and distance again.
At the moment (cautiously), next weekend's 10k is looking like a goer, as is the Cub, but we'll wait and see. I'll probably bin the 5 mile road race that's on between the two, just to be on the safe side. Today I am feeling MUCH happier about the whole thing. The breathing, core stability muscle work, acupuncture, ultrasound, massage and ice packs all seem to be doing what they should.
Finger's Crossed, eh? :o)