This time I’ll talk about injury (again!), behind the scenes of running events and an Out of the Box review of the all new Mizuno Evo Cursoris
In the last post I was on a high from finishing the Bentley Half Marathon with no real training and more importantly no injury flair up.
Well it’s been over a week since then and that’s a long time in the runners world…….
I was really pleased that I’d run over 13 miles without an issue with the knee and I was convinced that I was all over it. Post long run I settled back down into shorter mid-week runs and was concentrating on minimal running again wearing the sandals or even 100% barefoot when I was feeling brave.
This week I’d taken the Friday off work so I planned an interesting 16 mile route which took in Little Baddow via some different routes . I got up at dawn and set about running to some of my favourite places in Essex. I was wearing the minimal New Balance MT110 trail shoes (£32 from Sports Direct, I’ve stocked up!) which while not as raw or grippy as Vivo Neo’s do offer a little more comfort. I’d brought a pair of Vivo’s and worn them a couple of times and though they are awesome in mud, I found them a little harsh on road sections or hard stone paths, look out for the Out of the Box review soon (when I can spare a minute to write it up and convert video).
I was having a slow but steady run enjoying the views from one of the high points of the county and was eventually within a stone’s throw of home when the worst happened….. I started to get the familiar feeling in my knee where things were starting to tighten and the dull pain returned. As I pushed on it only increased to the point where at times I felt as if the knee would collapse but then a strange thing happened next, I’d noticed in the past that at times despite the pain I could continue to run and sometimes the pain would even ease a little so I kept going. I limped home but this ”on off” feeling in the knee got me thinking.
At a previous physio session at work I’d been told that the issue was related to something called the Common Peroneal Nerve which is an off shoot of the Sciatic Nerve behind the knee? I initially thought it was a hamstring tear and it might have been at the start but what I was starting to think was I might have some scar tissue that could be causing the pain.
The next day I ran in the Chelmsford Parkrun with my daughter and again the knee was “on off”. One minute it would be fine but the next bad, surely this couldn’t be a tear or pull as it would be painful all the time? I finished but decided that I would give it some serious self massage later to see what that did?
Later I met with a group from my local running club Springfield Striders to mark out a local Cross Country course that was running the next day. I’d been running for a few years now but hadn’t really volunteered that often mostly due to other commitments but this year I made the decision that I needed to help pay back the efforts of others in the running community as without them, we wouldn’t have any events.
|Cursoris seen on right|