Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone
So its not been the best of weeks, as I mentioned when I wrote last week, my knee wasn't feeling too great. Whats more the pain didn't happen when I was running, but when I stood up after writing my blog.
The pain was sharp and mainly on the inside of my right knee. I did all the things I know to do, rest, ice, elevate.
By Friday there was no improvement, then on Saturday I was really having difficulty walking.
I was looking forward to seeing Paul Weller on Sunday evening and saw that it was not a seated gig. I knew I would need some support if I was standing for a few hours so went and got some help from the pharmacy and ended up with a knee brace. Following some friendly medical advice, on Monday I made an appointment to get the knee looked at.
Swelling had gone down a bit but still sharp pain - just to remind me, every now and then.
Today the doctor had a good look, manipulated my knee in a variety of directions and then announced - 'It looks like you have sheared your cartilage!'
We talked about how it could have happened and how as you get older your cartilage becomes more brittle.
The up shot of all of this is - 2 weeks of rest, definitely no running, to see if the pain improves and the swelling goes down. If no improvement then an MRI and maybe a knee washout.....
So this clearly will put training back a bit.
On a plus side I can recommend the Boots own brand knee brace. Very comfortable.
After 24 years of helping others to achieve their running goals - it is now my time.