Graham, glad to hear that you are progressing and taking it easy. It could have easily have been the squats that pushed you over the edge with your knee, but as my doc said to me that if it wasn't the hills it would have been something else. It seems that we reach a certain state of wear where we have to be super sensitive to aches and pains and ease off immediately. The good news is that you can come back but it has to be very very carefully. I am still progressing, even managed a 12k run this weekend. Speed is slowly improving and effort level dropping
Columba, It is always good to help out at a race, something I have not done much of late. The races around here have become so intensely focused on raising money for something or other that I find it a bit off putting.
I am consistently running 20 miles a week now with little or no pain from my heels finally. My knee feels a bit vulnerable but not an issue when I run. I am gradually increasing the intensity of my runs without any ill effects. One interesting development seems to be an increase in my heart rate at the start of my runs which, after about a mile drops down to a more normal level. It seems to be a function of how well I warm up. The better warm up I do before I start running the less likely I am to see an increase in HR. At first I thought it was my HRM malfunctioning but it did feel like I was working hard. After some research I have found out that this is very common especially in colder weather which is when mine started.
Graham, Good luck to the missus but the track record is good, I know a number of people who have had it and have made fantastic recoveries. Good luck to you too but gently gently.
Columba, You seem to be getting stronger and stronger, now the pressure will be on with all those family members running as well.
My running is still progressing even though my mileage is low. I ran a 5k time trial today in 28:08, not fast but a lot better than 3 months ago. I turn 70 next year so I have set myself a target of sub 25mins for a race in the autumn.
We had to put down one of our dogs this week. He was a rescue and we think he was around 11. He become totally withdrawn and appear very agitated. The vet diagnosed dementia and said there was nothing he could do for him and it would only get worse. To make matters worse our second dog decided to poison herself by eating something on her walk and ended up in emergency for a couple of days. $1200 later she is at home recovering.
Graham, Sorry to hear about your pains and I will try and not incur the wrath of fate by being too complimentary. One thing I have learnt about knee problems is not too ignore them or take unnecessary risks. I would strongly recommend that you try and find out what is happening before you put it back under pressure. In my case normal age related arthritis is equally present in both knees but I only get pain from my right. I ignored early warning signs and finished up injuring my right knee doing hills. After the injury heal I was left with some residual pain that I am having to learn to live with. As always at our age the advice is to avoid injury which I could have done by strengthening the knee while it was still healthy and pain free.
Columba, Enjoy your trip if that is allowed on a pilgrimage.
aws, I was enjoying your portraits, especially the composition even though I am not too sure about the use of tone.
My running is still going well and I am getting out 5 times a week but only 5 to 8 km per. I am still doing the strides which seem to be really helping to re-install my gait.
Graham, It is good to hear from you. I went through a similar phase where I started to lose more pace than expected despite a consistent schedule. I had to rearrange things but I couldn't reverse it. I hope you have better luck.
TS, Sorry to hear that you are still being kept off the comeback trail, I know how frustrating it can be.
I have not done much running for the last few days as I have been in the Bay of Fundy area. I did spent a lot of time with relatives and watching the tide come in and out while the Bald Eagles played on the thermals. I didn't realise it took them so long to get the full white plumage on their heads.
Only ten miles for the week but the quality was higher.