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W9r2 - AncientMum or IdiotMum??


Couldn't wait any longer. After 4days enforced rest due to dodgy ancient knees and asthma flare up, I woke up this morning determined to run come what may (never a good idea!)

The asthma is much better thanks to lots of rain clearing the tree pollen that is my undoing every year and the ancient knees felt just about ok, so off I went, tubigripped within an inch of my life. And it was lovely! I felt wonderful, a bit ragged and quite anxious because I'd had so many rest days, but basically I felt wonderful, right up to the point when Laura said I had 5minutes to go and then....... pain in left ancient knee, the one that's normally the better of the two. Should I stop or should I plough on? Being an idiot I carried on, on the grounds that I was at least 10 minutes from home and walking would hurt just as much as running!! So here I am, sitting with my poor knee iced and elevated and looking at yet more enforced rest days.

On the plus side I did do 4.2k in 30min and I did have a wonderful run for the first 25minutes, so AncientMum or IdiotMum? You decide. Happy, injury-free running folks x

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Well done, hope knee improves soon. I use an LP knee support - more substantial than tubigrip, and have been doing leg press exercise to strengthen knees.

Rest up know though so you can graduate when fit enough.

AncientMumGraduate in reply to Windswept1

Thanks Windswept, I'll look in to LP knee thingies. Very little helps as they say.


Well done for getting out there again, but go a bit easy on those ancient knees! I know you are keen to graduate but great though that is, it's only the start of your running career. There is no rush at all, so give those knees the TLC they deserve and they will serve you well for many runs to come.

AncientMumGraduate in reply to Ullyrunner

Cheers m'dear. You are of course right. Knee TLC definitely on the cards x


I don't think you're an idiot mum at all. You were in the mood, felt good, and didn't want that last 5 minutes to run your run. Please rest those knees now, and make sure they feel great before graduation as it would be awful if you finished in agony, or had to stop halfway through. Sending big hugs to you, and hope those knees behave :)

AncientMumGraduate in reply to Treemouse

Thank you Treemouse. Cyber hug received and very much appreciated. I have to say, the run felt so good for the first 25minutes that I don't regret it one bit. Just going to take things easy and do lots of icing for the next few days. x

Let's have neither AncientMum nor IdiotMum, let's have (over)EnthusiasticMum.

Good luck xx

AncientMumGraduate in reply to earl-grey-sian

Thank you E-G-S, I like that title best of all x

Oh dear. Not idiot mum though, these things happen. Other than my beloved kinesiology tape which isn't for everyone have you considered a neoprene knee support, they can be a little pricey but they help to keep the muscles warm as well as being supporting but still allowing for free range of movement. There are other types of supports which are more brace like and adjustable so you can control the amount of support you need, these often have a hole to line up with your kneecap (and so are useless for me and make my knees worse if i wear them for any period of time, because I have floating kneecaps). Another option is you can do a full leg support (literally your whole leg) with Tubigrip to help your knee, which maybe useful if it's a ligament issue. But for now rest, I can recommend a movie or two ;)

AncientMumGraduate in reply to spoonierunning

Hey Spoonie, you could well be right about the stronger knee support. I'm going to look into it and do a ton of icing this week. I strongly suspect Ironman and Wolverine will be joining me on the sofa xx


Thank you KK, yet more wise words. You are officially my knee guru. Have to say, since coming back and doing a shed load of icing, the dodgy left doesn't feel as bad, very sore yes but not like it's going to give way or anything. The pain is mostly at the back of my knee moving round to the inner side but luckily not directly under the knee cap itself ( my OH-aka AncientDad- has had 3 knee ops for cartilage issues and he reckons what I'm describing isn't that, thank goodness) Amazingly, the right knee feels absolutely fine, so 3 cheers for Tubigrip. I'm off work this week so am planning lots and lots of rest, icing and compression and possibly a referral to a physio if things don't improve. Thank you again KK for all your help.

R.I.C.E. R.I.C.E. baby! xx


Emphatically not idiot mum! You enjoyed it and felt good about it; you didn't do anything drastic and are now resting your dear ancient knees. I'm afraid I know very little about knees, ancient or otherwise, and their recovery details, so I too will echo the rest and ice sentiments above, and of course, a film or several shall not hurt. Hope you feel better soon and do please look after the Ancient Knees! :-) (That rhymes!)

AncientMumGraduate in reply to Miles_Yonder

Ah M_Y, you're a poet, and you didn't know it.

Thanks for your good wishes. As AncientDad is away on his bank holiday cricket jaunt and daughters are up to their eyes in exams, I've got some serious rest and recuperation planned before attempting my graduation run. Knee cosseting is now in progress. R.I.C.E, R.I.C.E. is very nice!

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