Now I can’t tell you how happy I am at the fact that for the first time in my adult life I have no knee pain what so ever. Driving, running, cycling, even kneeling on the floor ( an activity I have avoided for years ) are all fine, all pain-free. That’s a combination of the work I’ve been doing on strengthening my body with the homework set by my physio and the ultrasound/vibration therapy I’ve been having.
When I run I feel very relaxed, comfortable, like could I run forever, it’s an amazing feeling. I’m the idiot you might have seen running along at 7am this morning in the driving rain, grinning like the village loon.
Unfortunately its a short-lived feeling. I’ve run three times in the past 4 weeks and they have been distances of 2.32, 2.02 and this mornings 2.43 miles and each time I have had to abandon my run for the same reason, my left calf. It just starts to cramp up, maybe I’ve reached it’s tolerance level before it says “sod off I’ve had enough, I’ve done nowt for 6 months and I’m knackered“…if of course in some alternate universe calf muscles could talk. I’m not sure if it’s cramp, pulled or torn muscle or something else maybe a change in gait due to new-found stronger biomechanics. I’ll be talking to the physio about it on Wednesday.
So it’s kind of ironic that after all this time away from running, that it’s not my dodgy knee causing me pain but its noisy neighbour. In the grand scheme of things I’ll happily take no knee pain over this as hopefully the calf will settle down and I’ll be able to work hard over winter on becoming the runner I know I should be.
It’s frustrating but it’s not the end of the world. I have to remember that it’s only a couple of months since I was on crutches and in a lot of pain and dealing with the thought of not running again this year at least. I’m well ahead of schedule and that makes me grin like the village loon 😀