I got off the IC this morning and went for a run (W3R1). I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed only to see that it was dark, grey, windy and tonking it down outside. Undeterred, I had a light breakfast, drank plenty of water, did some jigging about to warm myself up and headed out.
One good thing about the foul weather (it was cold too) was that it had the effect of taking my mind away from the gremlins (first time I have met them) telling me that my knees were made of glass and certain to shatter if I proceeded.
Despite the gremlins, the first half of my run went really well. In the running sections I was moving smoothly at a nice steady pace and landing on my forefoot as 'instructed' by my physio. Later though, my left hip my left hip began to really protest. This is the same hip that has been shirking its responsibilities by dropping excessively over the last year or so**. During my final 3 minute running stint, it felt like it was on fire. During this three minutes, I actually was running faster than before which I suspect was because I (for a while and subconsciously) had reverted to mid-foot striking for which I gave myself an expletive-laden verbal reprimand. To add to my follies I missed a left turn down one of the side streets that I was supposed to take which left me with a longer walk home in the rain (which felt even heavier at that stage).
All in all, that would have made for a pretty miserable experience under normal circumstances. Outweighing all the negatives though, is that my knees feel absolutely fine. The benchmark my physio gave me was that before running, I should not feel any pain in either knee when doing a 'butt kick'. I didn't feel any before the run and I don't feel anything (not even a mild discomfort) now.
My guess is that it going to take quite a while for the strengthening exercises to have a significant effect and as such my left hip is going to be an ongoing problem but the pain I have there today is a good sort of pain, the sort that lets you know you are doing things right. My next 'challenge' will be to be able to tape myself up correctly so that it is as effective as it was today.
** I don't actually know how long my left hip has been 'defective' but my best guess is that my immune system 'borrowed' excessive muscle mass from that area in its fight with the evil C.