Month: April 2011
Friday 29 April, 08:43.
Went for 2 laps of RV. Cool, 9C, bright and breezy. Left knee niggle started about 8km, but no problem finishing. Physio says to keep running to just doing 6 miles, not to go further, and lots of work in the gym to build up VMO. This also means he strongly advises against doing the Sheff Half 😦
Avg HR: 145bpm
Avg pace: 5:48 min/km
Monday 25 April, 09:01. Easter Monday.
Went for 2 laps of RV. Weather perfect, cool and breezy on one side of RV, no breeze but bright sky on other. Temp about 15C. Felt easy and good, tried to keep HR sensible and pace about 6 min/km. Left knee only began to feel slightly tender at 9km. Thought about doing a 3rd lap but stopped; fairly sure it would not have been a problem doing extra lap.
Avg HR: 144bpm
Avg pace: 5:53 min/km
Friday 22 April, 09:17. Good Friday.
A very good Good Friday. Cool to start, getting warmer. Thought I might do 3 laps of RV if knee was OK. Felt slight niggle from 8km but it didn’t get too bad and didn’t give any sharp spikes. Might have been because I was running lighter, softer than usual, not landing on my heels to reduce joint impact, and that may have helped. Afterwards walking was fine but had a very slight reaction (knew I’d set off my knee) for maybe 24 hours. Nothing big.
Avg HR: 150bpm
Avg pace: 6:04 min/km
Monday 18 April, 06:06.
Early morning run at RV. Bright, dry, 8C. Wore yellow jacket. Planned to do 2 laps at 6 minute pace / approx 140bpm. Managed the pace, slightly over the bpm. Left knee niggle started a bit later than previous run (maybe 6km slight, 8km strong) and I didn’t get the sharp spikes. Was fine walking home and no after effects.
Avg HR: 146bpm
Avg pace: 6:01 min/km
Cadence chart is wierdly flat for most of second lap: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/80078445
Saturday 16 April, 10:07.
Bright and sunny, 13C. Wore sun cream. Aimed to do 2 laps of RV. Left knee niggle just before end of first lap but carried on. At 7.5km felt a few sharp stabs of left knee pain (like 9km in Rome) but carried on and it didn’t worsen. Felt fine walking home and no after effects.
Avg HR: 160bpm
Avg pace: 5:43 min/km
Thursday 14 April, 17:05
Left work earlier than usual to get a run in at RV. Mild, 13C maybe, cloudy but bright, slight breeze. Aimed to do 2 long laps of RV, after physio encouraged me to get some runs in. When I told him a previous run was cut short due to the knee niggle he said to try running on. So when left knee niggle started at 1km – a soreness in the joint not the lower outside pain I’ve had previously – I decided to stick to the 2 laps unless it got bad.
Left leg felt stronger than usual, less of a wooden leg, after the physio session on the knee machine. At least for the first lap and most of the second. As the run went on the knee discomfort shifted and became more general, but still in the joint. Afterwards walking on it was fine and so far no bad reaction at home, just a little tired and very slight discomfort.
Forgot foot pod, it was on my other trainers, so no pace/distance data.
Distance: 9.6km based on previous data
Avg HR: 156bpm
Hr was slightly high because I kept pace decent and feel like I’m having to regain a bit of fitness, despite the gym sessions. But it’s good to rattle off 2 decent laps again 🙂
Reported the knee niggle from the run, physio felt and poked knee. Stretched the joint downwards and had me do 10 mins warm up on gym bike before being strapped to knee flex machine. Lots of reps and needed to maintain pressure on machine, had my leg wobbling and shaking as it went on and on and on. Really worked VMO and other quads hard.
Told to keep up the gym work and get some runs in. Back in 2 weeks.