I've not been able to run for a week due to injury and am feeling sorry for myself. Last Thursday after getting home from work I went out to run through one of the two country estates I frequent. It was a perfect late afternoon to run: warm enough for vest and shorts, but not too hot, no midges, and loads of birds chirping away as I ran through the woods. I had decided to do a 'Just a run for fun' and set off with no expectations to go a certain distance or pace. I was loving it! One of my best runs!
After about 5km I developed a pain in my left knee (not the one previously affected by the IT band issues) that came on pretty quickly. Within the space of a few minutes, I went from running without a care in the world, to having a knee that was too painful to run and I had to walk 3.5km home. The next day it was worse and since then I've rested it (and elevated and iced it as soon as I get home from work), but it is still swollen by the end of each day.
I saw the sports physio today and she is not worried about it at all. It's a bog-standard case of bursitis ('housemaid's knee' - Huh! it would sound better to say 'runner's knee'! ) and I need to continue to rest it. No running for now and not until I see her again in two weeks time.
She says I can swim or cycle, and I hope to cycle part-way to/from work some days next week. I'll car-share to hubby's office - with my bike in the car - and this will leave me with a lovely 15 km cycle along a wee single-track road running alongside the Beauly Firth. This week, with starting at this new job, and with my knee feeling pretty achy, I've not had the energy or motivation to try.