Late in September I woke up one morning foolishly thinking ‘I need to run a marathon’. Why? I have no idea, but I felt I needed to run a marathon. I HAD to run a marathon.
I went straight out that day and bought a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS9′s from SportsFever in Perth. SportsFever seemed very knowledgeable and really took time to get me the right shoe. From the next day I started running and within a week I was hobbling like a cripple. I ran 3 5kms runs my first week. Easy! The problem is as a cyclist my level of fitness was good, but my legs just weren’t used to the level of impact.
Luckily a 3 week holiday in China forced me to take a break from running, but when I returned I felt better and ran smoothly. All has been going well until 2 weeks ago when I felt some pain in my left knee. I went to the Podiatrist who diagnosed the problem as Patello-Femoral syndrome and strapped my knee appropriately. I ran with the strapping on and had no discomfort. Beautiful! However, maybe I’ve been lulled into a false sense of security, but a bigger 12k run at the weekend introduced a lot of pain in my right knee. Grrr. This week I can barely run at all the pain is too sharp. I’m going to the physio on Friday and I really hope they can diagnose the problem. I’m determined to run a marathon and know I can do it. I just need a few months to train!