Like many others I have never run before, I'm a complete newbie. Although I'm fairly active, walking every day, physical job, for 55 years I have hated anything and everything that leaves me out of breath or raises my heart rate! Recently inspired by a friend's C25K achievement I decided to give it a go. Two of my children agreed to join me and I was absoutely thrilled to get through week 1- it felt like a huge achievement. I went out and bought new running shoes after getting advice at a local running shop.
Then came W2R1. Again I was delighted to complete it, but from that moment one knee started to hurt: a burning feeling, sometimes deep inside my knee, sometimes down the inside of my leg. Eight years ago I had surgery to fix/tidy a meniscal tear. Until now I would have said it was 100% successful (even skiing doesn't cause any knee pain these days), but it seems odd it is just that knee that hurts after running. Yesterday I tried W2R2 as I was desperate to keep going (though in truth I knew it wasn't fully healed and that the ibuprofen was doing a great masking job).
Suffice to say that last night it kept waking me up, despite ibuprofen! Clearly I should have waited longer, but I am wondering whether I will ever be able to run, or whether the reduced cartilage in that knee might prevent me from running altogether? My kids are telling me to forget it, but I really, really don't want to give up. Do any of you lovely people have any thoughts? I have read such supportive posts on here, I suspect whatever the answer to the question, you would manage to make it sound positive! I don't really want to leave this forum with my first post!!!