Apologies & warning in advance but me post incoming
I was busy grumbling about the cold for the last week but had noticed my knee trouble start to flare up again, I had got complacent recently with the rehab exercises so made an effort starting last Saturday thinking I would soon get back on top of it.
The knee issues first started late September & despite really struggling the week before it all went well at my autumn 'A' race in October & bagged a new HM pb. Backed it up with 3 weeks rest on holiday in November thinking that would solve it but it soon flared up again after a couple of weeks training, saw the physio & he gave me some exercises & whilst it never went away, it was a lot less noticeable & didn't cause me any trouble when running.
Until last night that is. 15 mile MLR & after 9 I could feel the knee but also the muscles around it, another mile later & I was getting pain in my hip, come 11 miles I had to stop as it was now affecting my form & I was more running on one leg whilst hobbling on the other. Hip still hurts now & one side of my calf is sore (had the same calf issue in December when knee flared up for 2nd time).
Train of thought at the moment is to bin VLM & take some time to get the knee sorted once & for all. I don't doubt with a few days rest I could probably get back running again, but trouble could be just around the corner & I'm not interested in running VLM half crocked. Not to mention that I'm probably doing myself more harm in the long run. If it's been on going for the best part of 5 months I think it's time to stop?
Obviously pretty unhappy & especially having got a couple of months good training banked & possibly been on the another good pb. I did know it was a risk the knee wouldn't hold up to marathon training but having got this far I thought I was in the clear.
Apologies again for the me post but needed to get that one off my chest
Wow lot's of strong performances at Bramley, sounds like you all got what you wanted out of it too, so top work all round. Same goes for CC2 at the 30k
Lot's of good LR's elsewhere
RS78 congratulations of the Bubka pb
TickTock hope the quad soon sorts itself out
22 miles for me on Sunday, head still full of cold so I can't say I enjoyed a step of it. The legs were willing though & still came home with a 7:03 average, it was just a miserable journey! On the positive side 22 miles banked & it seems to have got the worst of the cold out.
CC2 - Sounds like a great approach for the 30k, similarly Jock at Bramley
Tmoth - That's a big week
Selbs - Ouch!
Thanks to TR, Tmoth & Bains for encouraging me to give the tempo a go, don't think I would have bothered otherwise as I was still talking myself into it as I stepped out the door. Slightly slower than previous attempts but only 5-10 seconds a mile slower so given the cold I was happy enough. Fell worse today though, 22 miles tomorrow could seem very long
KD - Xcountry skiing must make for some quality cross training
AL-P always nice to see progress
CW hope the cold clears up
Bains sounds like it's coming back
I've been struggling with a cold myself for the last 3 days, nothing to bad but enough to slow me down a touch on each run since Tueday. I am more concerned about tomorrows threshold effort though, now I've never had this problem on a previous campaign so what do you all suggest? Just get on with it & go for it? Try & abort if really struggling? Or give it a miss & just get the miles in?