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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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Let’s hear it for the gym! Janathon Day 22

To be honest, I much rather be outdoors than in the gym, but I am sure that regular gym attendances have improved my fitness.

Last year, not long after Janathon had ended, I took a bad fall on the pavement, which caused my right knee to be anything from ‘feeling not quite right’ to downright painful and creaky for months.bruised knee 2

It got better, but not perfect, and I was careful with exercising.

Then, in September, I joined the People’s March for the NHS for the last 70 miles or so on their 300 mile march from Jarrow to London. It was a brilliant experience and great for my political muscle … but it aggravated my knee again.

So I gave up running for a bit – and eventually dared to buy some new running shoes and tentatively try the treadmill in the gym.

I also started using the weight and resistance machines, which I had always found (still do, I guess) tedious and boring.
I am sure they have played a big part in strengthening the muscles around my knee, because even with the increased running I am doing during this Janathon, I have not had any knee trouble. Happy!

Today I ran on the treadmill for 30 mins, doing speed work – roughly something like 120-150 secs at 11.5km/hr followed by 60-90 secs at 9.8km/hr. Overall pace was 5:36 mins/km, which is probably something of a PB.

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Walk: 3K
Run: 5K
Weights: 30 mins


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To Janathon or not to Janathon?

It’s a long while since I have blogged, but I am back into running.
My knee is finally better. I must admit that regular visits to the gym and using those pesky machines, really seems to have made a difference in strengthening the muscles and supporting the joint.

I even bought new running shoes, so there is no excuse!

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Hoping to catch up with some old Janathoners and also that the weather will be kind to us!

Now all that’s left is finding out how to register. I can’t remember …


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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.

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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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Taking a fall

I promised that i would come and tell you about how I got on with the running club.

So yesterday evening I set out in the dark to run the mile to the meeting place for the running club. I even had my daughter’s old smart phone with the much desired MapMyRun app installed!

1 K into the run I tripped over a raised manhole cover and took a pretty bad fall. My right knee caught the brunt of it and I then bounced onto my left side which scraped across the pavement.

There was nobody in sight, so I picked myself up and walked back home. I arrived shaking with cold (and possibly a bit of the shock of it all).

This morning my right knee is quite swollen, bruised and stiff – but it seems to be moving in all the right directions, so hopefully no serious damage done. I will ask my physio colleague at work to have a look at it.
My left side (face, boob and wrist) are a bit scraped, but nothing too serious.

Bummer – however, thanks to the MapMyRun app I can report that I was running a 5:43 min/km pace when I took my tumble. So all in all not a bad time. 🙂

I guess I will have to take it easy for a few days …