I'm new to posting on this site, but have been an avid reader of this site for some weeks now. I started on my couch to 5k journey approx. 3 months ago, but only just over 2 weeks in, had an injury and ended up with a torn cartilage in my knee, and was told by the doctor that I should never try running again! and also told that 'some people just are not built for running'! Hello, I now I am not stick thin, but at a size 16, don't think I'm massively huge either! I told her that I was enjoying running and wanted to continue, she did agree after some persuasion, and said if I wanted to continue to rest the knee for at least 6 weeks, and to go very slowly!
Well, 6 weeks to the day after, my couch to 5k 2nd journey began! and last night in the heat I actually managed the dreaded week 5 day 3 of the plan, and jogged for a total of 20 minutes!!!! The first 10 minutes I was really unsure I was going to be able to do it, but after Laura said I was half way there, I actually began to enjoy it, and at one stage could tell I had a great big smile on my face! When Laura said it was time to stop, I was pleased, but felt that I could have even continued for a while!!!! What a feeling, couldn't believe I'd done it! ME!!!! Someone who hated sport at school, never done any form of exercise, and who turns 50 years of age in a fortnights time!
Can't believe that only 5 weeks ago, I was dying after running for 1 minutes, now I'm jogging for 20 minutes! Ok, a slow jog (and at one point I think I saw a snail overtake me!), but I didn't resort to running and kept on going!
Now for some advice really, as I said at the beginning, had an injury to my knee the first time off, and even though it is letting me run now, it still isn't 100% and after my run last night, I had to put ice on it as it was hurting, it's still playing up somewhat this morning, nothing serious (touch wood), but feeling tight, any advice on how to make sure I don't do any further damage to it? Really don't want to have another injury now and have to give this jogging lark up! Just as I'm beginning to enjoy it!!!