Good morning fellow lovely runners.
Thank you for all your support over the past couple of weeks whilst I've been struggling with my knee. This morning was the first time I've actually felt like I could run, so I did. Not far, only 1K in fact, but I ran, just to ease gently back into it.
My knee feels fine actually, but that may change over the course of the day. But so far, it's all good.
So the run itself. I was going to run round the local park, which is tiny, but as I got to the top of the road, I thought sod it, I'm going to go along the canal towpath, with all its potholes to catch out unsuspecting knees. I only ran for 10 minutes, and I had a little walking segment in the middle, but it felt so good to feel the air rush past my cheeks, fresh air, with only a faint farmyard smell
What was slightly odd was that for parts of the run, I felt like I was tending to fall forward, so I backed off the pace slightly, but still struggled with that. It was almost like the top of me was trying to overtake the bottom half. I've never felt that before, probably a balance thing I guess. What was interesting though, was that looking at my stats, and despite being deliberately slow and steady, I actually ran at 5'32"/km pace for a bit, which was not my intention, but certainly felt good, particularly after nearly 2 weeks of languishing on the IC at 0mph.
So what's next then, I hear you cry? Probably more of the same. Assuming my knee hasn't fallen off, I'll run again on Sunday morning, and try and do a couple of longer run intervals. Something occurred to me you know, I'm a graduate now, I don't have to be bound by what Jo says to do any more! It felt very liberating to be able to go a bit faster when I felt like it, or slow down, or turn round. I suspect I will be more disciplined for future runs, but right now, this morning, this was just what I needed to lift my spirits.
Bring it on, week 10