jogathon

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!

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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.

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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.

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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