Hi, sorry to have to say I have run my last run for quite a while. 2 weeks ago today I had a sore knee after completing W4R3, I rested it and wore a brace on it intermittently for the next few days. After a while it felt better so last Sunday after 9 days off it felt better, I thought I'll try week 4 again and see how I get on. I debated whether to wear the brace to run or not and decided it wouldn't do any harm to wear it...how wrong I was! As I was approaching the end of the first 3 minute run (jog in my case) I was just thinking something isn't feeling quite right I think that's enough for today, after this I'll just brisk walk the rest of the session. With that my foot slipped out to the side on some mud, I heard and felt something give, next thing I was on the ground, in a great deal of pain, unable to move my leg. I had broken my femur, the biggest bone in my body! Unfortunately the paramedics who arrived (eventually, as I was at the furthest point of from the entrance of a local park and they couldn't get the ambulance through), thought I had dislocated my knee cap and attempted to 'pop it back in' twice just with gas & air for pain relief, not something I would recommend but I'm very glad they were there and they were doing their best, all the pain I had was to be in my kneecap. Anyway, to cut a long and painful story short, I had an operation on Monday to put a rod up through the middle of the femur and hold it all back together, I had 5 days in hospital and am now on crutches not allowed to weight bear on my right leg for at least 6 weeks, then starts the physio! The pain was in the knee because the bottom section of my femur had dropped in there!
The A&E Dr, Consultant and Surgeon all blamed the brace for the severity of the injury. Apparently the brace held the knee still instead of it being able to rotate and disperse the energy from the little slip, which meant the energy travelled from my ankle through my lower leg and knee until it reached the femur and the top of the brace, where it couldn't be released and resulted in a rotational fracture of my thigh bone (femur).
I just wanted to let people know that this can happen and think carefully about how and where you run if wearing a knee brace. If I had stuck to road running it probably wouldn't have happened. I was avoiding a puddle on a path in a park when I slipped. The consultant did say that had I not been wearing the brace I could have damaged cartalidge and ligament which are even harder to fix than bones, apparently. So he wasn't advising against the wearing of a knee brace, just of taking extra care when doing so.
I am so very disappointed, I was enjoying running very much more than I ever thought I would and I don't want to put anyone off. I'm sure I would have completed the programme, which is still think is brilliant if it hadn't been for this freak accident. There are so many inspirational posts on here, I shall be keeping an eye on the forum as I hope to remain positive through my recovery and see that older, unfit, people just like me can achieve success in running.
Maybe I'll even get back to it in the spring if I mend in time.
All the best to everyone on here and look after your bodies, we are a lot more fragile than we realise.