A lot has been going on since my last update. In no order of priority I have moved house, injured my ACL on both knees, suffered from chest pains and anxiety and have joined a brilliant new gym, which ironically i am perfectly fine at with no issues.
My marathon dream for this year is over. I haven’t been able to run on my knee for more than 10 miles and its hurts…i don’t want to do any further damage to it.
I have found that strength work at the gym is providing a good distraction and moving house was a stress that just didn’t get managed well enough 🙂
All is good though and this blog will probably turn into a fitness / health type update.
I’m back on my healthy eating plan tho am allowing myself 1 day of being a bit slack with the rules. Road running is limited for now but treadmill work continues at the gym.
Its a shame about the marathon but i have signed up for a couple of 10k’s and The Great South Run as i do every year.
I will update regular again but it may not be purely running based.
So the last 3 days I’ve done a combination of a 6 mile run on the saturday, strength work on the friday and a rest day sunday mainly because my knee ligaments are screwed. Lateral and medial ligaments on my left knee (the dodgy one) and lateral ligament on the right knee both have been aching since saturday and this is a reminiscent sign of my knee troubles that have plagued me over the years. A half marathon has always been my limit when it comes to punishment my knee can take and tomorrow if i had to run one i probably could but i don’t think my knee (mainly the dodgy one) can take more than a half marathon. I know oi can’t run tomorrow without doing more damage but i also need to train.
I’ve decided to see how i do till week 10 by which point i will attempt my 20 week run if i get injured during it or after it in a major way i would probably call time on my marathon…i just fear long term damage to my knee…having had 3 op’s on it already i fear i could push it one step too far.
After gym yesterday it was cardio today and the plan says to do 30 minutes at a steady pace…so that’s what I did…it felt good.. calf didn’t hurt…legs hurt overall but they have been for a week’s anyway. I’m finding that its becoming a chore rather than enjoyment…training for a marathon across this 16 week plan is very intense and its taking the fun out of running. Having said that I’m enjoying while running (if that makes sense) just that I have to achieve certain goals by certain times to be able to run this marathon. Usually when I was a gym bot last year I would do cardio 3 times a week plus play football but it was to my choice. Maybe it’s a mental thing based on fear of my injuries flaring up. My right knee is beginning to hurt around the patella area (this happens to it a lot when I run a lot, its how my left knee got bad and which I neglected and ended up having operations for) its strapped up but maybe a better support to get it through the plan. I’m not convinced the state of my knees will allow me to run a marathon and a bad injury isn’t far away…. I guess you carry on going till that point comes really.
Day 24 – I took a rest day…..body was wrecked after a lengthy journey home…this now means the next 4 days will be training days…the weather is supposed to be chilly maybe I do all the running indoors on the the dreaded treadmill. I need to go to the gym to do strength work more… I don’t feel my usual healthy self J
Ok Sunday and Monday were the last two days I spent training. The mission: I needed to do a long run on Sunday. The problem: I have a calf strain. Slight but enough not to be able to run on it on the road. The morning of the Sunday i had a family swimming trip… kids mainly tho i did some underwater leg rehab work…the day got away from me until i realised i really need to get a long run done….so how do you spend your Sunday night? Running 6 miles on the treadmill. Felt great tho slightly achy. I was at a slower pace and managed to find a rhythm that didnt impact my calf too much…Like Forrest Gump I just carried on going…my theory was stop when it starts to hurt a lot. I got as far as 5.5 miles and i could feel it tweak…i pushed till 6…called it a day and felt a sense of accomplishment.
Monday and my calf isn’t aching too much but I need to do some core work.. so Gym time again.. core strength work..it’s knackering.. i’m too old for this really but you keep on going till you find a limit then you go through that too!
I’ll be honest the amount of cardio i’m doing doesn’t lend itself to my lengthy and busy days but i chose to apply for the marathon. I still doubt my knees will hold up and now my calf is hurting i can’t run on the road for a while…if i rest it i lose valuable training time….as a result i’m not confident…when i do my 20 miler run in week 12 I’ll know more then!
Gym work day 18 / Run day 19
Friday was supposed to be rest day but because i was too shattered on Thursday i swapped. So it was gym work again last night core work and cross trainer to build the much needed strength…the gym is always quiet on a Friday night
Today i needed to do about 20-30 minutes steady run so i went in the morning and the calf strain hadn’t healed properly and lo and behold it went again….i ran the last 7 minutes with the calf hurt and now its strained more and hurting which means tomorrow’s long run isn’t going to happen. I have to do something so probably a gym session on the cross trainer or stationary bike.
Am worried the calf strain isn’t going to heal properly enough to allow me to train and therefore impact my ability to do the marathon.. lets see how it goes worrying times
Day 16 was supposed to be 40 minutes of cross training. You know…build up core strength and make sure there is some substance to my core and upper body too.
Man i missed going to the gym and lifting weights, putting my body through the wringer and everything that comes from that. Last year i lived in the gym most days…having to go late at night after family stuff but nonetheless i made a lot of progress but took a break near christmas. However…i hadn’t been for a month and I decided to work on my core…took it out of me…45 minutes of feeling fantastic but i was wrecked. As a result today was kind of a washout…i got home late from work…had a call at 8pm…had to read some stuff for work and its now 10:27pm…i would normally go to the gym but its been a tough week and currently my body, mainly legs are saying “give me a break”..as a rule…always listen to your body so instead of rest day tomorrow its today. The calf strain persists so taking it lightly so i can do at least 5-7 miles on sunday.