One foot in front of the other

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Day 25 – Knee bursitis 

Grrr. Having been careful of my painful right hip (which seems to be better, by the way), I now have some mild pain in my right knee – especially when walking up or downstairs.
The symptoms (self diagnosed) sound like Pes Anserine Bursitis. Irritatingly, according to this article, it can be caused by running (which I have avoided) and swimming (which I have been doing in replacement of running!).
Now I’m feeling old. Perhaps my achy 50-year-old bones are not up to the Janathon challenge anymore! Or perhaps I’ve just pushed myself too much?

I found some simple and quick exercises to strengthen the knee:

Walk: 2.7 miles
Yoga: 30 minutes


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First tentative run …

This morning I set out to give my bruised leg a try. The swelling has gone down a fair bit and the although the bruises have spread even further down my shin, they are definitely fading.

bruised knee 2

It was raining and I wasn’t feeling my best anyway … but I set of nonetheless.

I managed 2.54 K at a fairly slow pace of 06:12 min/km. It felt sluggish and my knee was a bit achey – but all in all it went well. I am pleased to just have given it a go.

Hopefully the rest of the day will be fairly sunny and dry. We deserve it!



The knee

Here’s an update on my knee.

It came out in some pretty good bruising – the photo doesn’t really do it justice.
However, it is feeling much less tight and painful. I am able to drive the car and walk up/downstairs normally.

My physio colleague thinks it’s unlikely that I have done any serious damage. I will rest for a couple of days and see how I feel then.



Day 11 – painful hip

After my 5-mile run this morning, there is no denying it. My left hip is painful! Only during running and walking though. Now I have stretched and am sitting here, it seems fine. Should I be worried?

I wonder how many eager Janathoners obtain injuries by exercising too much too quickly?

Anyway, it was a nice morning and – doing my best to ignore the niggling hip – I enjoyed my run.


I went past the old Bradwell Windmill, which unfortunately is hidden by scaffolding at the moment.

My beautiful picture

I also spotted a robin, a chaffinch and two male blackbirds who were fighting . Running, blogging and birdwatching – all in one morning!

Total running: 23.5 miles
Total walking: 13.8 miles
Total cycling: 12 miles
Total Yoga: 40 minutes