After my graduation a week and a half ago, I gave myself two days off, and then signed up for a 10k and a half marathon, and started the training for the 10k which is in August. As I had been running 33 and 34 minutes to get to 5k during week9, I thought that 40 minutes would be a suitable first step.
First run went fine. A bit achy in the legs and knees, but nothing I hadn't felt before. Second run the same. Third run was over the weekend when we were on a camping trip to Scarborough, so I had the pleasure of running uphill for half the run. That was a new experience for me (gasp, how do people do it?!), and after the run my legs and knees hurt just a little more than earlier in the week, but again nothing that worried me. However, it's now 4 days since and I can still feel a dull ache in my left knee occasionally, and the muscle on the outside of my left knee is aching when I reach for the clutch when driving.
I'm signed up for a 23 mile hike on Saturday, so as much as it annoys me, I have decided to take the rest of the week as a break from the running, and then start again next week with 35 minutes rather than 40. Hopefully that'll ease me back into things again.