The plan for Wednesday’s run was to try to run up to 5 miles and see if I experienced any pain in my knee/IT band. I had run 1.5 miles on Monday night on the treadmill (13.5 minutes) and hadn’t felt any particular pain… so today was a chance to try running for a little longer.
The pain isn’t there when I don’t run, so the only way to test it, is to run. I decided on a looped route which would keep me close to my flat. A few loops around the bridges over the Clyde. I ran up to the Millenium Bridge, then over the Squinty, then over the Bells Bridge. Then along on the North side of the river to the Squigley Bridge where I crossed and ran East to the next footbridge. All seemed to be going well. I felt comfortable and didn’t feel any pain in my knee.
Across the footbridge… then I headed West along the North side of the Clyde again. I was about 5k in when I felt a little niggle in my knee, then by 3.3 miles the pain kicked in properly. I had about a mile to go (I thought) and I managed to run (a little slower) back home. Back over the Squigley Bridge on the South side of the river – I could have walked, but I knew it was only a short distance home.
It’s kind of good that I know the injury is still there because it means I must keep my change of direction and avoid thinking of doing any long distances and think about training in another way (ie circuits/swimming/walking/leisurely cycling).
2.5 weeks until the Clyde Stride and it is looking ever increasingly not an option for me. Never mind, there are worse things to happen in this world. 🙂
I’m not going to get upset or depressed about it, I’m just going to take my mind off running, rest my leg from running and take stock of what I can do and what I’ve got to give. 😀
Run: 4.3M, 36:14, Pace: 8:29, Calories: 425
Ave HR: 149 (78%) Max HR: 169 (89%)