Ok, so I’m two thirds of the way through week 2 of the 10k program. Unfortunately my progress is going to be halted as I seem to be having trouble with my knees.
Initially I was fine, and given that I’ve never really had any issues with my knees or ligaments in my long and distinguished sporting career (ha), this is a bit worrying. An aching pain under my right knee cap has developed and last night, during run 2, it was really a struggle to start off with - I was basically limping and running at the start, but after I got going it was ok. The downside was that after the walking intervals it would kick up again until I had been going for a minute or so.
In spite of the infinite hypochondriacs that occupy the web, I did some googling this morning and it does seem to be a common issue with people doing the same program, or the 5k equivalent, and the consensus seems to be it’s reactive from the knees after not having been “exposed” to a certain level of impact through exercise for a while. I guess that makes sense as I haven’t done any exercise which would put strain on my joints since I played rugby, which is about 4 years ago now.
It’s very frustrating because I can tell that I’m making progress fitness wise - I became consciously aware yesterday that I could control my breathing while I was running, something that might not sound that impressive but is actually an achievement given how badly I treat my lungs. Anyway, my decision is to leave the running until Tuesday next week (which would be week 3 day 1) and in the interim just go for long walks and maybe take some ibuprofen. Frustrating, but probably for the best.