I have now been back into training since mid April and boy what a difference those 10 weeks have had on my
running form - I'm feeling so much stronger when running and am now programming in weekly sessions of core, strength & stability workouts.
Coming out of injury as speedily as possible was crucial, as I made the short list for Torq Fitness' new trail team which meant I had to be in Church Stretton for the weekend assessment on 12th - 14th April.
I got the all clear form the physio and managed to get a run in on the Sunday and Wednesday before the weekend and I was feeling really good and strong, when disaster struck again on the day before going on the assessment weekend. I was lying on the floor in the lounge really stretching my leg muscles when I went to push up on my left knee and the knee twisted and the cartilage popped out and my knee went out of joint.
To say I was in pain was an understatement, a few choice words reverbarated around the house and it seemed that I was again going to be side lined due to injury.
So relunctantly I had to visit A&E due to the fact that I was in so much pain as I could not get the left leg to straighten more that 110 degrees. The nurse whilst nice, under advice from a Dr decided that due to the history of my knee they didn't even want to touch the knee. I informed them what and how I had done it and told them I had to run that weekend, as I had a sponsorship assessment. The staff just looked at me as if I was mad and said "well you won't be running for awhile."
I felt gutted, to say the least and was far from happy with their statement of no running, and I ended up asking the duty doctor - "look I'm in so much pain can't you just wiggle it around and pop the cartilage back in?"
She was aghast at that thought and said no way. I asked very politely and ended with a please but the answer was still a flat NO!
She then proceeded to strap me up from groin to ankle and release me with crutches and told me to go see my doctor!!!!!!!! --- I'm never one to be held down so I thought for a second and as I was being driven back I phoned my physio. It was her day off but she told me to come around straight away. She is a STAR!!!
When I arrived she got me on the couch and I explained what I had done, she took the strapping off tutting as she did and got me to lie down and just relax (like that was easy).
Anne then got me to contract and relax my quads and slowly started to push down and straightened my leg. She slowly got the leg flat then told me to bring my leg up, bending it and then take it back down and straighten it. The first time I did this a small click was heard and then the second time I did it, there was an almighty POP and the cartilage was back in position and my knee was fine....ish. The main thing was that there was no pain and I could walk..... I rested overnight and drove up to Church Stretton where I proceeded to run two hilly runs over the weekend.
My physio still thinks I'm mad ... needs must!!! - But I am hugely grateful to her, as if I had fiollowed the other advice I would probably still have been hopping around with a bent leg!
We are now into May and my new training schedule by TrainAsONE together with an awesome week of hill training running along the North Devon Coastal paths with Trail Ferret Trail Running Camps (Blog to follow) has put me well and truly back into the running zone......
The last two weeks have produced large scale running stats and I now need to increase more to make sure that the goals set, are accomplished.
100% concentration is now on and I have two races in my sights 1. Osmotherley Phoenix Ultra and 2. Ridgeway Challenge
With the Osmotherley I'm looking to retain my title, so the pressure is on!!
As to the Ridgeway Challenge - this is a new race for me - a nice little 85 miler starting in Ivinghoe Beacon and ending
in Avebury . I have been looking at the course profiles over the internet and running through the race stats and results for the last few years and am working out my pacing strategy ----- All I can say is watch this space as I am in the Championship start category!
While I increase my training I'll be looking for some more races for the latter part of the year:-)