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A Good start to the New Year, 6k

Over the last couple of weeks I've been slowly building up my times, after a leg injury. I did think it was ITB injury, but now I'm not so sure, after reading many different web articles I think the pain at the side of my knee wasn't quite in the right place to be ITB syndrome. Anyway, I've been doing strengthening exercises, foam rollering, ice, cold/hot shower and rest. It's all paid off because gradually my leg started to feel better and I started back running, first with a couple of week 4 runs, then moved on to 20mins and built up.

I have also been wearing a support on my leg, I feel it's keeping my knee from straying too much while running.

Over the Christmas break I managed a Boxing Day run, and another last Saturday (made it to 5k), then this morning I set off, it was sunny, not too cold and as usual the first 10 minutes were hard work, but then I got into my stride and kept going, once i'd made it past 5k, I was determined to push on to 6k. This is my furthest run so far, so it's great to start the New Year with a new record.

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This is brilliant BettyJane! What a start for the New Year for you and a real boost to keep going and keep improving. I have yet to run that distance but am aiming to get out as much as I can this week whilst still off work and hope to build up my distance during this time.

I have just come back from a 20 min run that was a struggle - due to the excess of last night I am sure......but at least I got out.

I am glad your leg is much better now; what a relief for you!

All the best for 2013!

Sue x

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Well done BettyJane, have struggled to get out for run since boxing day as weather bad up here. However, today was bright sunny and cold, off I went like you and managed a good 8.32km but it was very slow.

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Fantastic BettyJane! Sounds like you're well on top of it now! I'm giving my knees another few days and then I'm going to start very gradually too!

Happy running in 2013 :-)

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AWESOMELY BRILLIANT! How long did it take you to finish the 6K? WELL DONE! I have wore a brace on my knee since the end of Sept. :-( This past week I went out with just a support instead of the heavy brace and I was pain free! :-) I do feel it is supporting my knee though, so I think I will continue wearing it. Wishing you a great 2013!!! Gayle

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Hey Gayle - what kind of brace did you use? I've got elastic supports but I don't the restricted feeling. Do you wear it every run?

And Happy New Year :-)

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Waah, just noticed - meant of course 'don't LIKE the...'

It's the morning after the night before... :-(

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Mitts, mine is very similar to the link posted. When I wear my tights, I use a safety pin to make sure there is no slipping and sliding down my leg. :-) it is restrictive to some degree, but seems to hold my knee cap in place. This past week, I just used an elastic support and got on fine with it. No niggles! :-)

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That's great! Do you use a foam roller? Mine has really made a difference to my niggly knee. It isn't very pleasant to use, as far as painful experiences go it's sort of between childbirth and root canal treatment - but it helps! :-D

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I ran 6.03k in 37:39 mins. The support I've been wearing straps on and has rigid side panels. Hopefully once I'm back up to full strength I'll "douwn size" to Tubigrip.

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Do you have a pic/supplier, BettyJane?

I've got sort of superstrong tubigrip with a hole for your kneecap which is very difficult to put on so the hole's in the right place. It was a bit of a waste of money, it's so horrible to wear I hardly ever do.

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I Bought it in Lidl way back in September, it is very similar to

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It is very comfortable, I've been wearing it over my running tights to avoid any rubbing.

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Thanks Gayle and BettyJane. Mine is the same kind, I'll try it on top of tights and see if that's better. I guess I just have to persevere. :-)

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