Just back from W8R3 and it's been the best run of the week in terms of distance covered ( 3.22k in 28 minutes) and the best run for weeks in terms of how I felt. That's not bad to say that I am now running on 2 less than perfect legs, rather than the one less than perfect leg I've been running on for the last couple of weeks.
I've had dodgy knees on and off for the last 35 years ( since I was 15). I was very sporty when I was younger, but then developed chronic pain in my knees. Investigations found that my cartilages were already degenerating, something usually seen in people much older than a teenager!
Over the years I avoided sporty, high impact activities so that I could avoid the pain ( that worked quite well until my joints started to complain about the amount of weight they were having to support!) and even when I took out a 1 year gym membership a few years ago in a last ditch attempt to shed some weight ( it worked - I lost over 3 stones and have kept the weight off for over 4 years) I avoided anything that was high impact.
Anyway, the pain is back since the running times have increased, and so is the accompanying joint stiffness when I get up in the mornings. I hobbled to the bus stop yesterday, feeling the effects of Thursday night's run, and felt huge sympathy for elderly people as I struggled to raise my leg high enough to step onto the bus! Once I get going the stiffness wears off quite a lot - hubby is the same with his ankles which have chips of bone floating around in them and are permanently swollen. The advice from the specialist was to carry on exercising for as long as he can. As hubby says - if we waited to be pain-free we'd never do anything!
So, I'm going to buy a foam roller, I'm going to carry on strengthening my legs, and I'm going to carry on running for as long as I can, just like my hubby who completed his second Tough Mudder last week and his 41st Parkrun this morning.
I should complete the programme next Saturday, and whilst I may never run 5k because my joints may not allow it, that doesn't matter, because I'm going to focus on what I can do, rather than what I may not be able to.
If all I can ever do is run for 30 minutes 3 times a week, and cover 3k each time, that's good enough for me.