I finally got to resume week 9. I was obliged to stop after Week 9 Run 1 due to knee soreness. It came on after Week 8 Run 3. No problems during the run, then after it, after sitting down for 1/2 hour got up and ouch! Found I was limping and something had pulled in my left knee. Thought it had subsided enough to do Week 9 Run 1, but at the end, the same soreness. So frustrating! I had done the run at a reservoir about 7 miles drive from home, then driven back. I've a feeling the many gear changes and clutch activations weren't the best for it.
I went to the doctor's - my GP is a running enthusiast who does ultra-marathons - who diagnosed that I was over-pronating, but fortunately could not see any sign of arthritis. He advised me to go to a running shop to get the gait analysis done and get shoes with proper support. So now I'm equipped with a pair of Asics that are more supportive.
Albert Park in Abingdon is a much shorter drive from home, and a good venue to run in with plenty of grass, and quite forgiving pathways. If you do a figure of 8, the lap is almost exactly 1 km. The picture shows the start of it, from the entrance opposite St. Michael's church in Abingdon. I run across the green to the statue of Prince Albert on the other side, then alternately loop back left then right. In the interim I've been building up the times and laps on this excellent running venue till I felt confident I could do 30 minutes without wrecking my knee again!
It was a beautiful sunny morning - and the best bit was running across the long shadows cast by the trees at about 7am this morning.
Am now feeling well set up for the day. And no knee pain!