Hi Runners - I have a little problem hope you can help.
I graduated c25k just a couple of months ago and decided to do a couple of months consolidation and try to gradually increase my distance and get to the magic 5k in 30 minutes, perhaps incorporating a few parkruns along the way, before joining in the proper B210k troupe.
Then disaster struck one sunny morning a few weeks ago when after 3.8k my left knee had such a sudden stabbing pain that I immediately ground to a halt and hopped and limped the rest of the way home. Now having seen a physio a few times, and getting the deep tissue massage and doing my homework exercises (my quads are not bearing the load in the right way and my glutes need strengthening apparently!), but I seem to be getting worse not better. My knees hurt whenever I start to run, although I do manage to run through it. But I am not able to run any real distance - this morning I could only manage 3k before heading home. And I couldn't pick up any speed at all, wasn't really trying. I seem to have lost my mojo as well as my knees.
I know to take it slow and steady but I wonder if maybe I shouldn't be running at all, although the physio has no issues with me carrying on. But I am feeling a right numpty at the moment, and almost that dreadful F word I know we don't ever ever use.
What does anyone think? Should I just rest out for a few more weeks or carry on with shorter runs until my knees behave? and once I've run through the pain, should I try harder to increase speed a little?