It’s not everyday that you get a free consult from a physiotherapist that provides answers you just didn’t realize you needed.
Last week, I visited old Running Junkie friend, Francis, at her practice, Francis and Terry Rogan Physiotherapists, for something non-injury related.
I replied to her “How are you?” opening line with a casual, “Agh, my knee is niggling me.” I went on to explain my dilemma:
- I was registered to run the Edenvale half marathon on Sunday.
- I really wanted to run a 21km before Two Oceans. More for mental prep than physical to be honest.
- I had been trying to increase my weekend long run mileage and had planned to up it to 15kms for the month of March.
- I worried that my knee wouldn’t make 21.1kms. It’s been uncomfortable and weak with bursts of pain under the knee cap whenever I walked down stairs of drove my car.
- So I’ve been Googling ways to strengthen my knee so that I would ready on Sunday.
- I’ve listened to some of a couple of Coach Parry podcasts Brad Brown sent me.
- I’ve started doing yoga which has been amazing & worth it’s own blog post!
- Oh and yes, I’m taking cataflams. Should I continue with these? (Snort, you should’ve seen the look she gave me!)
In a nutshell, I’m desperately trying a bit of everything (as runners do).
Francis asked 3 simple questions that for some bizarre reason, I had failed to ask myself:
- Is it your goal race? No.
- If it’s about mileage, why not run the 10km and add in a 2-3 km cool down if your knee feels okay. I could do that.
- Have you checked out the race calendar? Um, no. Why not enter Jackie Gibson later in March to run a half. It’s also not too close to Oceans.
I wondered why it was so difficult to reason it out for myself. Duh!
I went ahead and ran the Edenvale 10km road race on Sunday. My knee was fine. *phew*! I also managed to add on an extra 3kms for a cool down jog which gave me a total of 13kms mileage for the day.
My knee has felt ‘okayish’ this week. Let me put it this way, I’ve managed to continue training. With 5 weeks until Two Oceans, this is what counts, right?
You can Google what you like and convince yourself that you’ve made the right decision. But some times you do need someone to sense check you and make sure you’re asking the right questions, especially when it comes to injuries.
Runners cannot self-diagnose. Fact!
I know that if I had run the 21kms on Sunday, I would’ve been hobbling around this whole week, unable to run, with my knee in pain rolled up in an ice pack. Not ideal. Thanks Francis!
Shit! Did you read what I just said?
5 weeks to Two Oceans! How’s your training going?