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Slight knee niggles

Hi all, 2 weeks on Sunday to my hm, eek!. I think all the steps in Australia aggravated my left knee a bit which has had surgery post fracture and dislocation in 2002. The left leg has weaknesses and is under physio. It was ok running shorter distances in Australia and coming back home has started to gripe on the longer runs which have been up to 10 mile last week. It feels fine during the run but afterwards it feels awkward around the kneecap suggesting patellafemoral issues (runners knee). I am already doing squats and clams for quads and glutes so will check with physio later on what else I can do. I wonder what to do this week for my long run. Should I run it as a 10-11 mile and ice after or should I taper a week early to rest my knee before the event?

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I am not sure RFD. I was sore all over yesterday. Hard to tell what is a niggle and what is more. :) I am interested to hear what the experienced runners advise you to do here.

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That's the thing, I am feeling lots of niggles as legs are training and are tired. I am also probably paranoid at this stage of the game that every niggle and twinge is a big injury about to start! Am sat waiting for the physio who has been working on my left leg and left si joint, eek!

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hope you have good news from your physio today! I'm sure all will be ok.

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I would think rest the knee, but it's really best to ask a professional, especially since you'll be seeing one later. All the best!

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Is it normal to feel every niggle on tired legs and fear the worst 3 weeks out!!

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'Fraid so! :)

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Yeah I am normal after all 😂

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When I say 'rest' I don't mean no movement at all btw. Shorter runs, though, might be most helpful.

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Haha I thought you were giving me permission to plant my deriere on the sofa for the next three weeks!!!

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I would never do that :D

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Physio has checked my knee and he is happy that I have no damage rather irritation from the kneecap probably not running as smoothly as it could. So added to my quads and glutes strengthening will be hamstring strengthening too. I also still have weakness in the left ankle so we have changed to different exercises. He is happy for me to run. Some of the run group are going out for 11 miles on Sunday so I might do this as my last long run, does that sound ok?

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I seem to fall apart with three weeks to go. Pre-race anxiety making us tense up I reckon

Rest up a bit. You’ve done the hard work 🙂

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I'd be inclined to taper early I think. You've done the hard work and are more than ready for this. The shorter runs will keep you going for the big day.

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I have no advice (sorry) but want to say I am following your posts and can't wait to see your post saying you have done it. Obey the physio and experienced runners and you will do it with style!

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Thank you. I am also looking forward to finally posting medal pics and happy smiles for a long awaited hm. It is two weeks tomorrow. Still contemplating a long run tomorrow as I haven't done one this week yet 🤔

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