Visited a sports therapist this afternoon and had a thorough examination of my knees and in particular my troublesome left knee. Good news is that it's not too serious. A common runners injury apparently. That's fine, I like common
It seems my knee cap isn't 'rolling' back and forwards as it should, but being pulled slightly to one side by tight ligaments on the outside of my knee and tight quads. This is then putting strain on the inside of my knee causing the pain.
Had a sports massage to loosen up the quads and ligaments etc which, at times, was quite uncomfortable but the 'knots' had to be massaged out. I was advised that it may be a bit sore tomorrow but should settle down fairly quickly. Felt great afterwards though I also have to start stretching after my run and will probably need a follow up treatment next week.
As for being able to run my 10k at the weekend? Well, she said I won't do any further 'damage' as such but to take it slow and steady and be prepared to walk/run the course. Mind you, I'll need to run it all otherwise I won't feel as though I've 'done' it if I have to walk any of it. That's just me though Good news is a couple of her colleagues will be at the Middlesbrough 10k offering sports massages after the run
I also asked about leg strengthening excersises. She did warn about over strengthening the quads as that can have a negative effect on the hamstring causing possible injury elsewhere. Advice is to work on all the leg muscles from your bum down Just a heads-up as I know a few of us are working on strengthening our quads.
So, it looks like I may well be attempting the Middlesbrough 10k on Sunday but my goal is to finish and times are not a concern. If I get round the course without walking I'll be over the moon, even if it takes me two hours
PS not sure if people have seen this website but I found it very informative for people with problem knees : knee-pain-explained.com/
Stay injury free people and happy running