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!”)
Now, yes, I agree with this wholeheartedly. But at the moment it’s a case of no running and not being happy.
About three and a half weeks ago, I had a bit of a knee issue. Right at the end of a 13km run my knee suddenly began to hurt, sharp and stabby, and just got worse and worse. Couldn’t even walk properly. Promptly made a physio appointment and just as I suspected thanks to Dr Google, an ITB issue. All good, some treatment, some taping and all good to go.
Then it got worse. Some more treatment, trying out some other taping styles and still no good, so I decided, nope, there was no way I was doing the 10km event I had planned in Newcastle. I would rather rest it for that, and focus on getting it right for GC half marathon in July.
But, as it turned out, that wasn’t the worst of my problems. One morning I woke with the most painful neck and shoulders and back. So while seeing the physio for my knee, I also had that looked into. Uhm….ow. The last week I have had pain all over my back- from my neck, down to my lower back, through the centre of my back, in my hips and across my shoulders. Sometimes it hurts in two to three places at once. Sometimes it just hurts in one. And it is very random as to where it appears- in the morning my neck could ache. Suddenly it will disappear and my hips hurt. In the evening the pain will be present just below my shoulder blade.
So between needles, machines, painful massages (I have never had physio hurt like it has these last three weeks), heat packs and lots of taping of both my knee and my back, I am still not running. My knee is all good now, well not completely, but the treatment has definitely worked some. My back on the other hand is the reason I am not running. The pain isn’t as bad as it was, so yes I can say the treatment is also working there, but it will still be another week before I can run again. At least. And then it will be building back up again. I doubt I will even be able to do parkrun for a good while yet.
And what does this mean for Gold Coast? Well that is fairly obvious, I am out. Am really upset about that, but even if I do start running again in the next week, there is just not enough time to build up the distance from where I will have to start back from. I can sense it will be even more frustrating on the day of the run too, as by then I will be more than fit to run, just not that distance.
So no running for me. Just waiting for this back of mine to start cooperating. Yesterday I thought I was on track with the planned recovery schedule. Then today I feel like I have gone backwards. Apparently though, this is the way it is supposed to play out. At least I can get some comfort in that, knowing that it’s behaving as expected. And to be honest, I have plans for running a half marathon in Maui in January, and would rather that Gold Coast becomes a weekend getaway to cheer on friends, and then be good for Maui. It’s just so long to wait, and by then it would have been a year and a half between goal events. Way too long for my liking.
Fingers crossed this time next week I will be reporting that I just completed a run!