Push for distance or strength?

Ok so race for life in 4 weeks time..

Trying to build a plan of action.. to have me run the distance.. 5k..

Those who know me.. know I graduated two weeks ago..had stress fracture on knee..but its healing well and physio gave me all clear to run cautiously.. so..I've ran every three days and swam 40/50 lengths twice a week.. strength excercise daily..and walking..

I'm just stressing I suppose.. I can run 30 minutes..still tough and cover 3k in 30minutes.. suppose what I'm trying to decide is whether to try pushing for a bit more distance now or build the strength keeping up what I'm doing for now..just don't want to risk any complications from my knee injury..

Any helpful advice always welcome from my friendly forum team :) x

Hope you all enjoying your Sunday x

5 Replies

  • Good news about your knee and being able to run again 😊

    I would say a conservative approach by maintaining the strengthening and building up very gradually , I'm know from experience that the fear of re injury doesn't sit well, so getting the mental side right is just as important ☺

  • Hmmm, that's a tough one! In view of your knee injury I would take it very slowly and try to build up a little distance first, without worrying about time. Speed can come later. Maybe even do some run/walk distances to get closer to 5k. Stamina and strength are the key at the moment. Good luck!

  • Yea I wouldn't say the time is as important to me as ide ideally be happy just making the distance.. like Rob says it's a lot more to do with the fear of reinjury.. usual fight with common sense and my terrible competitive new me running brain!! Lol.. but yea think two more weeks of building on maintaining 30min runs..then see if by then I could try another slow 5k..

    Just good to hear others imput.. x thanks x

  • I think if you work on the strength, the distance will become easier. You could do a structured walk/ run to go easy on the knee and have the stamina to complete the distance. Just be careful not to get too carried away in the heat of the

    He race!

  • I agree with the others,, strength and Stamina over speed..tricky blighters these knees and not worth really crocking yourself again..I would also try JaySeeSkinny 's idea of walk and run.. I am using that a bit and finding it is helping my distance! :)

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