So after recovering from a sprained ankle which took 10 weeks to heal I have finally completed week1 run 1 again! (For the third time!) Tried a few weeks ago with week 1 then sadly limped back to the injury couch as ankle was having none of it. Since then,I have been doing ankle strengthening exercises at every opportunity: in the queue at Sainsburys,waiting for the kettle to boil etc and it seems to have worked. At the same time I have been working on the old knees with squats and lunges whilst cooking the dinner, etc. So with trepidation,today I tried week 1 again and it was great! No pain at all or stiffness and because I have all ready done this run twice before,I didn't have the fear of dying before I completed the run.
Everyone's post and advice have kept me going these last few months. It really is such a friendly and helpful place to be. So for those of you on the injury couch,you will get there although at times I felt like I never would. I think it has helped me appreciate that although I think in my brain I am 21, my body will not run like a 21 year old and I need to take care and take it nice and slow.