So today I went for a run.
Well, kinda. The physio said I would be all good to go, that I could run up until any neck/back pain, and even then I could run as much as I could stand any pain or discomfort. And my knee should be fabulous he said, with all the rest it’s had thanks to the rest of my body.
So I decided to give the treadmill a go. That way if it got too painful, I wasn’t a few kilometres from home or wherever. That way I could just set a (slow) speed and run.
My goal was to run for as long as i could, hopefully reaching somewhere between 5-6km.
Well… I was thrilled that the neck issue was very manageable. There was tightness, but it seemed to come on when I wasn’t running with good form, when I would tend to keep my arms stiff and still. Once i realised that, as soon as I added some more movement in my arms, the neck eased off….. TICK
However, the knee. Seriously, after three weeks of no running, and physio, and stretching, and rolling, and all that rest, you would think it would be right. Nope. Within 500 metres I began to feel a niggle right in that spot in my knee, and it got worse. It wasn’t bad by any means, but it was there. Rather than push until it was more than a niggle, I decided to do a bit of a run/walk combo. Run 1km, walk 100 metres. It helped. The niggle was still there but it didn’t get worse. I did notice that if I concentrated on a different running style, landing differently on my feet, it completely disappeared. But then I started getting strange pains in my feet, and it didn’t feel right. The way I described it to a trainer afterwards was it felt like there was this constant argument going on between my feet, ankles, calves and knee the entire time. One style the knee hurt, another the calves, change again and the feet said no. My gut instinct says I need to get rid of my orthotics. More and more I get that feeling they are not doing me any good anymore.
Talk about frustrating! But I did get to 5km doing my run/walk combo and decided to stop there. Could have easily kept going but don’t want to overload the whole knee/ITB issue. Slowly slowly, must build up slowly!
But although I was devastated that the knee flared up, I was happy with that today. It was awfully slow though, but I just have to live with that.
Lots of stretching and rolling tonight, and hanging out in my sexy compression pants (quads are like “WTF! What did you do to us!”)